The Opel Juniors start in the Eternal City

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Rally di Roma Capitale around the Italian capital heralds the final spurt in the 2019 Junior Rally European Championship. The ADAC Opel Rally Junior Team with Elias Lundberg and Grégoire Munster wants to be on the podium at the Italian asphalt spectacle.

 

The Rally di Roma Capitale represents a highlight in the calendar of the European Junior Rally Championship (FIA ERC3 Junior Championship) 2019 in several respects. On the one hand there are the enormously treacherous asphalt special stages in the hinterland of the Italian capital and the escalating situation in the fight for the European Championship. But there is also the magic of Rome, where on Friday (19 July) the official show start of the event at Castel Sant'Angelo and a subsequent parade of the rally vehicles through the "Eternal City" are on the agenda from 7 p.m. on. The route also takes you past the famous Colosseum, the oldest amphitheatre in the world, completed in 80 AD.

But it's not the many sights of Rome that are the focus of the two juniors from the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team. Elias Lundberg (21, Sweden) and Grégoire Munster (20, Belgium) are aiming for a podium position on the difficult Italian asphalt after the two gravel adventures in Latvia and Poland.

Even though the current table situation (Lundberg 7th, Munster 10th) doesn't meet the demands the ADAC Opel Rally Junior Team makes on itself after four consecutive European Championship titles, the team around Opel Motorsport Director Jörg Schrott knows about the great potential of the Opel ADAM R2 - also and not least on asphalt. And the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship's scoring mode, which provides for two strike results, with only the best four results of the season going into the annual classification, even gives both Opel juniors mathematical chances of winning the title. At best, a pilot can score 39 points in a run to the European Rally Championship.

However, the competition in the field of 77 vehicles is once again solid. No fewer than 29 R2 racers are fighting for victory in the RC4 category, eleven of which are named Junior Championships in the FIA ERC3.

But neither of the two Opel youngsters wastes a thought on the standings in the standings. "We're looking forward to the asphalt stages around Rome," says Elias Lundberg. "The season so far has been quite difficult for us. But we'll never stop working hard and trying to get good results. We hope for a trouble-free Rally di Roma Capitale and will try to gain more experience together with our ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team. I'd say that less than 10 per cent of the rallies I've contested in my career have been on asphalt, so there's still a lot to learn here. But the good speed we showed at Gran Canaria was very encouraging, so I can't wait to push my ADAM R2 to the limit in Italy".

Team mate Grégoire Munster, who, together with co-driver Louis Louka, perfectly prepared for the Italian tarmac spectacle with an RC4 class victory at the Luxembourg Rally last weekend, is also burning with ambition: "Now that we've made significant progress on gravel in Poland recently, a completely different challenge awaits us with the treacherous little Italian roads. I have considerably more experience on asphalt and after finishing fourth on Gran Canaria it's now our goal to at least repeat or even improve this position. I am convinced that the entire ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team and the ADAM R2 have what it takes to achieve this goal - even at the incredibly high level of performance in the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship".

The Rallye di Roma Capitale covers a total distance of 849.72 kilometres, including 16 special stages over 203.40 kilometres. The race starts on Saturday morning at 9.30 a.m. around the service park in Fiuggi, about 80 kilometres east of Rome. The first leg ends after six special stages at around 8 p.m. in the evening, the second one takes place on Sunday between just before 8 a.m. and around 8 p.m..

Eurosport reports in daily summaries about the Rally di Roma Capitale. Rally fans will find live timing on the home page of this website.

 

The Rally di Roma Capitale on TV:

Sunday, 21. Juli
00:00               Eurosport 1              Highlights 1. Tag
01:00               Eurosport 2              Highlights 1. Tag
09:30               Eurosport 1              Highlights 1. Tag
23:30               Eurosport 2              Highlights der Rallye

Monday, 22. Juli
03:00               Eurosport 2              Highlights der Rallye
08:30               Eurosport 1              Highlights der Rallye
09:00               Eurosport 2              Highlights der Rallye
14:30               Eurosport 2              Highlights der Rallye

Tuesday, 23. Juli
01:00               Eurosport 1              Highlights der Rallye
11:25               Eurosport 1              Highlights der Rallye
14:30               Eurosport 2              Highlights der Rallye
22:05               Eurosport 1              ERC All Access, Magazin
23:30               Eurosport 2              ERC All Access, Magazin

Wednesday, 24. Juli
08:30               Eurosport 1              ERC All Access, Magazin
11:00               Eurosport 2              ERC All Access, Magazin
17:40               Eurosport 2              ERC All Access, Magazin

Thursday, 25. Juli
01:00               Eurosport 1              Highlights der Rallye
09:30               Eurosport 2              ERC All Access, Magazin
15:00               Eurosport 2              ERC All Access, Magazin
21:00               Eurosport 2              Highlights der Rallye

Friday, 26. Juli
20:35               Eurosport 1              ERC All Access, Magazin

Saturday, 27. Juli
01:00               Eurosport 1              ERC All Access, Magazin

Sunday, 28. Juli
08:30               Eurosport 1              ERC All Access, Magazin 

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