Azores Magalhaes

1st Round, Azores Airlines Rally 2017
Surface: Gravel
Special Stages: 16
Date: 30 March-1 April 2017


The FIA European Rally Championship 2017 kicked off in Portuguese Azores, with the demanding gravel event that is characterized by unique nature, narrow and difficult gravel Special Stages as well as the famous Sete Cidades stage with the breathtaking part on the top of the volcano. The Azores Airlines Rally 2017 was the first round for both ERC Junior U28 (drivers under 28 years old with R5 cars)  and ERC Junior U27 (drivers under 27 years old with R2 cars) and proved to be a very difficult event, offering a dramatic and surprising start of the season. Locals Bruno Magalhaes-Hugo Magalhaes (Skoda Fabia R5) combined speed and reliability to claim the first win of the season, while Germans Marijan Griebel-Stefan Kopczyk (Skoda Fabia R5) finished in second place of the overall classification with Griebel winning the Junior ERC U28 category and Irishmen  Josh Moffett-James Fulton (Ford Fiesta R5) claimed third place, while Mofett was second in U28 classification. In ERC Junior U27, Brits Chris Ingram-Elliott Edmondson (Opel Adam R2) claimed first win of the season, with Poles Aleks Zawada-Grzegorz Dachowski (Peugeot 208 R2) and Czechs Filip Mares-Jan Hlousek (Peugeot 208 R2) completing the podium. The event proved to be really difficult for all competitors, with many frontrunners heating trouble. The 2-times European Champions
Kajetan Kajetanowicz-Jaroslaw Baran (Ford Fiesta R5) retired during Day 1 due to a crash, while Russians Alexey Lukyanuk-Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5) retired after breaking the suspension while leading the event. Meanwhile, last years' Seajets Acropolis Rally winners Ralfs Sirmacis-Arturs Simins (Skoda Fabia R5), lost a lot of time due to multiple punctures and finished in 7th place of the overall classification and in  5th place of  ERC Junior U28.

FINAL RESULTS
1 B. Magalhaes-H. Magalhaes Skoda Fabia R5 RC2 2:37:04.3
2 M. Griebel-S. Kopczyk (U28) Skoda Fabia R5 RC2 2:38:38.7
3 J. Moffett-J. Fulton (U28) Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 2:41:55.2
4 J. Lopez-B. Rozada (U28) Peugeot 208 T16 RC2 2:43:10.2
5 N. Gryazin-N. Fedorov (U28) Skoda Fabia R5 RC2 2:43:15.2
6 P. Meireles-M. Castro Skoda Fabia R5 RC2 2:44:34.0
7 R. Sirmacis-A. Simins (U28) Skoda Fabia R5 RC2 2:44:38.1
8 J. Barros-J. Henriques Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 2:46:10.3
9 C. Vieira-J. Carvalho Citroen DS3 R5 RC2 2:46:23.0
10 M. Barbosa-M. Ramalho Skoda Fabia R5 RC2 2:48:40.7
FINAL RESULTS - Junior ERC U28
1 M. Griebel-S. Kopczyk Skoda Fabia R5 RC2 2:38:38.7
2 J. Moffett-J. Fulton Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 2:41:55.2
3 J. Lopez-B. Rozada Peugeot 208 T16 RC2 2:43:10.2
4 N. Gryazin-N. Fedorov Skoda Fabia R5 RC2 2:43:15.2
5 R. Sirmacis-A. Simins Skoda Fabia R5 RC2 2:44:38.1
6 L. Rego-N. Rodrigues da Silva Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 2:49:21.8
FINAL RESULTS - Junior ERC U27
1 C. Ingram-E. Edmondson Opel Adam R2 RC4 2:49:07.9
2 A. Zawada-G. Dachowski Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 3:03:24.4
3 F. Mares-J. Hlousek Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 3:07.56.3
4 Mrs. T. Molinaro-Mrs. U. Mayrhofer Opel Adam R2 RC4 3:11:50.2
5 B. Banaz-B. Erdener Ford Fiesta R2 RC4 3:12:36.7
6 D. Broz-P. Tesinsky Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 3:27:00.3
FINAL RESULTS - ERC2
1 L. Pimentel-B. Pimentel Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX RC2 2:59:03.7
2 Z. Melegari-M. Barone Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RC2 3:24:04.1
FINAL RESULTS - ERC3
1 C. Ingram-E. Edmondson Opel Adam R2 RC4 2:49:07.9
2 A. Zawada-G. Dachowski Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 3:03:24.4
3 F. Mares-J. Hlousek Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 3:07.56.3
4 Mrs. T. Molinaro-Mrs. U. Mayrhofer Opel Adam R2 RC4 3:11:50.2
5 B. Banaz-B. Erdener Ford Fiesta R2 RC4 3:12:36.7
6 A. Muradian-P. Chelebaev Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 3:14:14.5
7 D. Broz-P. Tesinsky Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 3:27:00.3


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