Henning Solberg and his co-driver Ilka Minor became 5th in WRC Rally Finland. They have started the rally with the new Skoda Fabia R5 EVO. The new Skoda was expected to be very competitive in the fast stages of Rally Finland. A broken wheel at SS7 caused a very big-time loss for the duo and they have completed the first day 6th in WRC2. By the morning stages on Saturday, they started to improve their pace but a power steering issue made them slow down in SS13 nevertheless they were 5th in WRC2 when they have reached the service area. They have completed the 3-day long rally in P5 at WRC2 and got valuable points for the championship. The next rally of the duo will be WRC Rally Turkey.
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.
First test and first rally of the season for our team takes place at Finland Piippolaralli this weekend. We will be running 2 Skoda Fabia R5 cars with Matti Koskelo/Rami Suorsa and Kimmo Kurkela/Markku Tuohino. The crews also will be running in Lapland Arctic Rally at the end of the month so it will be a good test for them as well.
Chris Ingram bounced back from his illness-enforced Rally Islas Canarias exit in style with a strong second place in the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship on Rally di Roma Capitale last weekend.
Ingram started Rally Islas Canarias on a high after winning his category on the season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye only to pull out in the early stages in Gran Canaria after feeling unwell.
But following a period of treatment and recuperation, Ingram was back in action in Italy for what was his first major event on Tarmac in the ŠKODA Fabia R5 he shares with co-driver and fellow Briton Ross Whittock.
As well as finishing runner-up in ERC Junior Under 28, Ingram clocked his first outright stage win in the FIA European Rally Championship.
“I’m really happy and winning a stage outright is definitely a massive boost up against some proper rallying legends,” said Ingram, the 2017 ERC Junior Under 27 champion. “The competition has been the best I’ve ever faced, not just from the local guys but Alexey Lukyanuk, Nikolay Gryazin, so many fast drivers were here.
“I thought it was all over when we hit that rock on Saturday and got the puncture because it was a really heavy impact and the steering was out after that. It’s a miracle we didn’t have the biggest crash ever because the boulder was the size of a dog.
“We’ve shown some really promising speed so massive thanks to the team. I’m looking forward to see what the future brings in this car and with this team. We’ve got some really important points for the championship, now for a big attack in Barum.”
Larnaca based Rally Cyprus took place on the winding roads of the nearby mountains of Troödos. Orhan Avcioglu and Burcin Korkmaz duo took their best result so far in FIA ERC and completed the rally in 5th position. The Cyprus Rally has been a mixed surface event combining both gravel and asphalt stages. On Friday, June 15, the ceremonial took place in the Finikoudes beachfront and the crews started this tough rally. Orhan Avcioglu said” I am very happy to finish this tough rally in 5th position and have valuable points for the championship” The next rally of the championship will be in Italy at Rally Roma.
Chris Ingram crowned his FIA European Rally Championship four-wheel-drive debut with an ERC Junior U28 class victory. During the 3 days close competition, Ingram had 6 best times out of 15 stages in U28. The battle continued until the last stage Tronqueira 2 and Ingram won U28 by 1 minute 08 seconds gap.
Menderes Okur completed the race 4th in ERC2 and scored valuable points for the championship. Orhan Avcioglu had an unfortunate crash in the 11th stage and retired.
Toksport WRT will be racing with 2 crews in Rally Sweden as the opening round of 2018 season. Finnish drivers Janne Tuohino and Reeta Hämäläinen will be competing in Skoda Fabia R5. The second Skoda Fabia R5 will also be driven by Finnish drivers Jarmo Berg and Rami Suorso and both crews will score points for Toksport WRT.