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Chris Ingram becomes first British ERC champion since Vic Elford

Chris Ingram has become the first British driver to win the European Rally Championship title since Vic Elford in 1967 after finishing fourth on the season-closing Rally Hungary

Chris Ingram takes ERC points lead despite losing ERC1 Junior title

Chris Ingram has missed out on the ERC1 Junior title by only 0.3s on the Barum Rally, despite taking the lead of the European Rally Championship outright

ERC champion Lukyanuk gets 10 days of community service for speeding

Defending European Rally champion Alexey Lukyanuk has been handed 10 days of community service as punishment for two speeding offences on last weekend's Rally Liepaja

Oliver Solberg, son of Petter, wins on ERC top class debut

Oliver Solberg, the son of 2003 World Rally champion Petter, has won the European Rally Championship's Rally Liepaja on his debut in the category's top class

ERC's Munnings first woman in motorsport to get Red Bull UK backing

European Rally Championship regular Catie Munnings hopes to make her World Rally Championship debut in 2019 after becoming the first female motorsport driver to be signed by Red Bull UK

Ford driver Lukyanuk gifted ERC title as rival Magalhaes withdraws

Alexey Lukyanuk has been gifted the 2018 European Rally Championship title as rival Bruno Magalhaes has withdrawn from the rest of the season

Hyundai enters WRC driver Dani Sordo in ERC Rally Zlin

Hyundai will enter its factory World Rally Championship driver Dani Sordo on the Czech round of the European Rally Championship in Zlin next month

ERC Rally Azores: Alexey Lukyanuk wins season opener

Sometime World Rally driver Alexey Lukyanuk started his 2018 European Rally Championship title pursuit with victory in the Azores Rally, beating local hero Ricardo Moura

Kajetan Kajetanowicz wins third European Rally Championship title

Kajetan Kajetanowicz secured a record breaking third consecutive European Rally Championship title despite retiring just after a helicopter crash caused the cancellation of SS11 of Rally Latvia

European Rally Junior U28 title earns Griebel 2018 WRC outing

German driver Marijan Griebel has won a World Rally Championship outing in 2018 by clinching the European Rally Championship's Junior Under 28 title at Rally Zlin

Alexey Lukyanuk returns for ERC Polish round after serious injury

Alexey Lukyanuk will return to the European Rally Championship on Rally Rzeszow in August, just two months after a huge testing accident that claimed the life of another man

WRC driver Ostberg to contest Polish ERC round with new co-driver

World Rally Championship driver Mads Ostberg will contest the European Rally Championship's Polish round Rally Rzeszow next month

Peugeot announces new European Rally Championship programme

Peugeot will return to the European Rally Championship with a factory team of 208 T16s in 2017

WRC prize drive included in ERC Junior revamp for 2017

The European Rally Championship has added a new element to its Junior class for 2017, featuring a World Rally Championship prize drive

Kajetan Kajetanowicz clinches 2016 European Rally Championship

Kajetan Kajetanowicz sealed the European Rally Championship title for a second successive year with fourth on Rally Liepaja

ERC revives 'Golden Stage' concept for season finale in Cyprus

The European Rally Championship is reviving the 'Golden Stage' concept for its Cyprus finale, with a £50,000 prize fund on offer

ERC and BRC's Circuit of Ireland rally cancelled for 2017 season

The Circuit of Ireland Rally has been cancelled for 2017 due to uncertainty over funding for the Belfast-based event

Loix takes 11th Ypres Rally win, as Bouffier/Lefebvre hit trouble

Long-time World Rally Championship driver Freddy Loix took a record-extending 11th victory on the European series' Ypres Rally despite opposition from Bryan Bouffier and Stephane Lefebvre

Ypres could quit European Rally Championship as it goes "backwards"

The European Rally Championship could lose one of its most famous names, with the Ypres Rally ready to walk away from a series it says is going "backwards"

Leaving for WRC2 has hurt Skoda and Peugeot, says ERC chief

Skoda and Peugeot are suffering because of their decision to leave the European Rally Championship for the World Rally Championship's WRC2 class, reckons ERC co-ordinator Jean-Baptiste Ley

Craig Breen wins Circuit of Ireland for second year running

A returning Craig Breen took his second consecutive Circuit of Ireland victory, although he was run close by 2015 European Rally champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz

WRC driver Craig Breen secures last-minute Circuit of Ireland entry

World Rally Championship driver Craig Breen will return to defend his 2015 Circuit of Ireland win following a last-minute deal to drive a Citroen DS 3 R5

WRC driver Mads Ostberg crashes out of lead in ERC debut

World Rally Championship frontrunner Mads Ostberg's guest appearance in the European Rally Championship ended early when he crashed while leading in the Canary Islands on Friday

World Rally Championship driver Mads Ostberg to make ERC debut

World Rally Championship driver Mads Ostberg will contest the opening round of the European Rally Championship in a Ford Fiesta R5

ERC Rally Liepaja to be run in September, on gravel not snow

The European Rally Championship will run without a snow event in 2016, with the postponed Rally Liepaja becoming a gravel round in a rescheduled September slot

European Rally Championship postpones season-opening Rally Liepaja

The opening round of the 2016 European Rally Championship has been postponed because of warmer than expected weather conditions in Latvia

Kajetan Kajetanowicz beats Craig Breen to 2015 European Rally title

Kajetan Kajetanowicz secured the 2015 European Rally Championship title by defeating rival Craig Breen on a shortened Acropolis Rally

ERC: Skoda's Freddy Loix wins 10th Ypres as Breen, Bouffier falter

Veteran Belgian star Freddy Loix clinched a 10th Ypres Rally victory in a dramatic European Rally Championship round featuring incidents for Craig Breen, Bryan Bouffier, Kevin Abbring and Stephane Lefebvre

Rally analysis: It's not just Formula 1 losing its classic events

The Safari was the first to go. Then Sanremo, Corsica, Acropolis and New Zealand

Circuit of Ireland ERC: Breen secures emotional victory in Belfast

Craig Breen won an epic Circuit of Ireland Rally in Belfast on Saturday evening, moving him to the front of the European Rally Championship title race

WRC driver Meeke calls for Circuit of Ireland funding boost

World Rally Championship driver Kris Meeke has called on the Northern Irish Government to help safeguard the future of the Circuit of Ireland Rally

Rally of Valais replaces WRC-bound Tour of Corsica on ERC calendar

The International Rally of Valais will replace the Tour of Corsica as the 2015 European Rally Championship season finale after the Corsican event's return to the World Rally Championship

Craig Breen will go for 2015 ERC title after renewing Peugeot deal

Craig Breen will combine a European Rally Championship assault with a limited World Rally Championship campaign in 2015, after renewing his factory deal with Peugeot

Ex-F1 racer and WEC driver Stephane Sarrazin wins ERC finale

Sometime Formula 1 racer Stephane Sarrazin claimed his first international rally victory by defeating Bryan Bouffier in the European Rally Championship finale in Corsica

ERC Corsica: Stephane Sarrazin leads Bryan Bouffier on rally return

Stephane Sarrazin leads Bryan Bouffier by just 1.7 seconds after a gripping first day of the European Rally Championship finale in Corsica

Lappi becomes 2014 ERC champion after Wiegand test crash and fire

Esapekka Lappi has clinched the 2014 European Rally Championship ahead of this weekend's Corsica finale after a testing crash sidelined his Skoda team-mate and title rival Sepp Wiegand

ERC Valais: Esapekka Lappi closes on title with dominant win

Esapekka Lappi moved to the brink of the 2014 European Rally Championship title with a commanding Rally of Valais win

ERC Valais: Esapekka Lappi takes control on second day

Esapekka Lappi took control of the Rally of Valais on the second day of the European Rally Championship event as erstwhile leader Sepp Wiegand slipped down the standings

Toyota WEC driver Stephane Sarrazin to contest ERC Tour of Corsica

Toyota World Endurance Championship driver Stephane Sarrazin will return to rallying to contest the European Rally Championship finale in Corsica next month

ERC Cyprus Rally: Al Rajhi wins as Breen hits trouble again

Yazeed Al Rajhi claimed a dominant victory in round nine of the European Rally Championship in Cyprus, while Craig Breen's perseverance failed to pay off as he retired after the last stage

ERC Cyprus Rally: Kajetanowicz flies but trouble for Breen

Kajetan Kajetanowicz completed the opening leg of the European Rally Championship's return to Cyprus with an against-the-odds 3.8-second lead, while Craig Breen endured a day full of frustration

Peugeot gives Craig Breen European Rally Championship bid lifeline

Craig Breen's European Rally Championship aspirations have been handed a lifeline, as AUTOSPORT has learned that Peugeot will send a 208 T16 to the Cyprus Rally for him

ERC Rally Zlin: Mini driver Vaclav Pech wins amid high attrition

Local man Vaclav Pech took a comfortable Rally Zlin in his Mini, taking advantage of numerous issues for the usual European Rally Championship frontrunners

ERC Rally Zlin: Pech leads after Abbring, Lappi and Breen's dramas

Mini driver Vaclav Pech found himself in the Rally Zlin lead after all the usual European Rally Championship frontrunners had near-simultaneous disasters on day one in the Czech Republic

Peugeot's Craig Breen claims he is fit to compete in ERC Rally Zlin

Peugeot European Rally Championship driver Craig Breen is adamant he is fit to compete in this weekend's Rally Zlin, but he will not know if his entry has been accepted until the start of the event on Friday

ERC Estonia: WRC guest Ott Tanak takes home win for Markko Martin

World Rally Championship regular Ott Tanak clinched a dominant home win on a guest appearance in the European Rally Championship's Estonian round

Estonia ERC: World Rally Championship ace Tanak dominates day one

World Rally Championship star Ott Tanak dominated day one of his home round of the European Rally Championship in Estonia

Yorkshire set to host European Rally Championship round in 2015

The UK looks set to land a second round of the European Rally Championship in 2015 as series promoter Eurosport closes on a deal to run an event in Yorkshire

ERC Ypres Rally: Freddy Loix inherits ninth home win

Freddy Loix took a dramatic ninth win on the Ypres Rally as the other major players in the fight for victory capitulated on the last day

ERC Ypres: Kevin Abbring upstages Freddy Loix on day one

Peugeot's Kevin Abbring upstaged the locals to take control of day one of the European Rally Championship's Ypres Rally

Craig Breen says Ypres Rally win vital to revive 2014 ERC title bid

Acropolis Rally winner Craig Breen starts this week's Ypres Rally knowing that only victory will be good enough to get his European Rally Championship title bid back on track

Azores ERC: Sousa defeats Abbring in final-stage shootout

Bernardo Sousa won his home round of the European Rally Championship on Rally Azores, after a pulsating duel with Peugeot's Kevin Abbring that was only decided on the final stage

Azores ERC: Sousa leads after drama for Peugeot's Breen and Abbring

Portugal's Bernardo Sousa inherited the lead of Rally Azores on Friday evening after long-time leader Craig Breen was forced to retire and his Peugeot team-mate Kevin Abbring hit power steering problems

Portugal ERC: Craig Breen leads by narrow margin after minor damage

European Rally Championship star Craig Breen leads Rally Azores after the opening three stages, despite damaging his Peugeot 208 T16

Ireland deserves a WRC round Plus

Ireland deserves a WRC round

Drivers are in accordance: Ireland should be in the World Rally Championship. DAVID EVANS followed the Circuit of Ireland and was left with no doubt that the drivers are right

ERC: Peugeot in race against time to solve "strange" 208 T16 issues

Peugeot will face a race against time to solve teething troubles that forced the retirement of both factory 208 T16s on last week's Circuit of Ireland

Circuit of Ireland ERC: Esapekka Lappi clinches dominant Skoda win

Finland's Esapekka Lappi moved to the top of the European Rally Championship standings with a commanding win on the Circuit of Ireland

Circuit of Ireland ERC: Esapekka Lappi stuns with day one lead

Rising Finnish star Esapekka Lappi rocked the Irish establishment with a stunning opening day to lead the European Rally Championship's Circuit of Ireland

Barrable starts Irish round of European Rally Championship on top

Irishman Robert Barrable set the fastest time on the qualifying stage of the Circuit of Ireland Rally, round four of the European Rally Championship

Circuit of Ireland ERC: Craig Breen revelling in favourite status

Craig Breen's Acropolis Rally victory has given him the self-confidence to live up to his Circuit of Ireland favourite status this week