Toksport WRT’s British driver Chris Ingram retired from FIA ERC Rally Poland. A puncture followed by the power steering problem caused him a lot of time and he finished the first day 5th in ERC1 Junior. The young British duo started the second they with all the problems fixed and made the best times in ERC1 Junior until they had an overheating problem due to a sand blockage in the radiator. They tried to clean the radiator and fill with water again but Chris had his hand burned of hot radiator water causing him to retire for the rest of the rally. Chris is still leading the ERC1 Junior thanks to his big gap and he will run for the title at Rally di Roma.
Henning Solberg completed the WRC Rally Portugal on podium with his experienced co-driver Ilka Minor. In one of the toughest rounds of World Rally Championship, the duo kept their pace until the end of the rally and followed the strategy to be on podium. After the first stages, they were P6 in WRC2 but climbed to P3 in WRC2 among 16 other WRC2 drivers by the end of the rally.
What a weekend at Latvia. In the fastest rally of the ERC season, Chris Ingram / Ross Whittock duo managed to finish in P4 overall and now they are just 1 point behind the leader in championship. They are also still leading the ERC1 Junior with a P3 ERC1 Junior result. Eyvind Brynildsen and Cato Menkerud did some impressive times in Skoda Fabia R5 and completed the race P9 overall. Alexandros Tsouloftas and Antonis Chrysostomou are getting better in each rally and gaining more experience. They scored P11 overall. Thank you for all your support during the weekend.
Kalle Rovanpera and Jonne Halttunen won the WRC 2 Pro category at Rally Chile, sixth round of 2019 FIA World Rally Championship. In a 3 day battle with his opponent Mads Ostberg, young Finn driver managed to score maximum points for the WRC2 Pro category and achieved the first win of the season.
It is the first time that Rally Chile is in FIA World Rally Championship calendar and tricky conditions of the stages made the tire choice and car setup crucial. Kalle did the a dominant fastest time in SS4 and took the lead of WRC2 Pro and conquered his first season win in the WRC2 Pro category by a 23.6sec margin.
Kalle Rovanpera said ” After a difficult start for the season, this victory feels great. Thanks to our team Toksport WRT and everyone involved!”
Toksport WRT is leading the Team Championship for European Rally Championship after Rally Canarias. Double podium for Chris Ingram at Rally Canarias extended his lead in ERC1 Junior and he climbed to 2nd position in the overall leader board. Despite a slow start to the Rally and making the 16th time in the qualifying stage, he quickly gained his confidence and climbed up to 2nd overall by the end of the rally. Alexandros Tsouloftas was cautious at the beginning of his tarmac debut. He drove flawlessly and improved his times and managed to finish rally 4th in ERC1 Junior and 14th overall. By this result, he keeps his second position in ERC1 Junior.
Toksport WRT drivers scored the maximum points at Azores Rallye for ERC1 Junior. The opening round of FIA European Rally Championship had very difficult and tricky conditions and it was very challenging for drivers. Chris Ingram – Ross Whittock duo aimed to be on the podium for the overall classification and to win ERC1 Junior class for the rally. Despite having spins and flat tyres, they managed to win ERC1 Junior class and finish the race 3rd overall. It is the second time that Ingram wins ERC1 Junior at Azores Rally with Toksport WRT in a Skoda Fabia R5.
Toksport WRT’s Cypriot drivers Alex Tsouloftas and Antonis Chrysostomou did a very good job on their first experience in Skoda Fabia R5 and first time run at Azores Rally. They completed the rally second in ERC1 Junior and seventh overall. “Wow, what a rally! I never thought about it being this difficult, I’m really happy being second on the podium and those points for the ERC1 Junior, I’m really happy ” said Alex after the last stage. The next race of the Team will be Rally Canarias.
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The British duo Neil Simpson and Michael Gibson made their debut of German Rally Championship on Saarland Pfalz Rallye. It was a new experience and challenge on slippery muddy tarmac for the British driver but he managed to finish the rally in 5th overall in his Skoda Fabia R5. The next race for the duo will be at North West Stages Rally in UK.
Toksport WRT drivers completed the second round of World Rally Championship in Sweden. Toksport WRT had 3 cars driven by, Yigit Timur, Henning Solberg and Eyvind Brynildsen. The experienced Henning Solberg / Ilka Minor duo completed the rally in 7th position at WRC2 following their teammate Eyvind Brynildsend / Veronica Engan just by 1.2 seconds who completed the rally 6th at WRC2. Toksport WRT’s new driver Yigit Timur was on the wheel of the third Skoda Fabia R5 car and it was his first experience on WRC snow stages. Timur completed the rally in P14 at WRC2 and he said ” I had my first World Rally Championship experience this weekend at WRC Rally Sweden. I had 4 days of adventure with our new car and my new co-driver Maxime Vilmot. While we were getting used to driving on snow, geography, new car and new note system we stuck in the snowbank couple of times and we had to do a super rally. It was the biggest and the hardest race I’ve ever participated in, I had the chance to learn a lot of things during this rally. “
Rally Hadeland is over and Henning Solberg took the 3rd position. He was first on the road and he had to clear the stages from the heavy snow. This cost him a lot of time and the chance of fight for the lead . Eyvind Brynildsen followed Solberg just by 5.7 seconds and completed the rally in 4th position. Eyvind was leading the rally but in the fifth stage he spun and lost the lead and chances for podium. Yigit Timur was unlucky with his first experience on snow. He went off the road and couldn’t complete the rally. He said ” It was our first experience on snow and we had the opportunity to try different setups on our car. In the penultimate stage of the rally , my co-driver got hurt from a high speed jump and we stucked in a snow bank due to lack of concentration. We managed to recover the car but we decided not to continue to rally and headed back to service area. We are still happy to have this experience before WRC Rally Sweden.”
2nd place for Henning Solberg and Ilka Minor at Sigdalsrally 2019. In the first rally of the season for the duo, it was a good test before the WRC Rally Sweden to see the setup of the car. The rally had 8 stages with a longest one of 16,8 km all on snow and ice. The setup and the pace gave a good idea for the similar conditions of Rally Sweden.