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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

M-Sport could use WRC drivers in the ERC to respond to Peugeot

M-Sport could parachute drivers from its World Rally Championship line-up into the European Rally Championship in response to the threat of Peugeot's new 208 T16

Craig Breen: Acropolis Rally win is biggest career achievement yet

European Rally Championship leader Craig Breen says his Acropolis Rally win is the biggest achievement of his career, exceeding his World Rally Championship Academy and Super 2000 WRC titles

Acropolis ERC: Craig Breen wins on Peugeot 208 T16's debut

Craig Breen gave Peugeot's new 208 T16 victory on its European Rally Championship debut in the Acropolis Rally, taking his own maiden series win in the process

Peugeot content with new 208 T16 rally car's debut in Italy

Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin says the 208 T16's podium debut in Italy last weekend bodes well for the car's future

Peugeot dismisses 208 T16 rally car delay talk, confirms Acropolis

Peugeot's 208 T16 is still on course to break competitive cover on next month's Acropolis Rally

Latvia ERC: Esapekka Lappi dominates final day

Skoda's rising Finnish star Esapekka Lappi clinched his second victory in the revamped European Rally Championship with a win in Latvia's Rally Liepaja

Latvia ERC: Esapekka Lappi takes lead from surprising Vasily Gryazin

Esapekka Lappi grabbed the Rally Liepaja lead from young Russian Vasily Gryazin at the end of a surprise-packed first day of the European Rally Championship's Latvian round

Robert Kubica 'keeps feet on ground' after ERC Janner Rally win

Robert Kubica says his Janner Rally victory has not deluded him about the scale of the challenge ahead in his 2014 World Rally Championship campaign

Janner ERC: Robert Kubica snatches biggest rally win on last stage

Robert Kubica snatched the biggest win of his rallying career so far with an incredible final stage on the Janner Rally

Janner ERC: Robert Kubica leads after day one

Robert Kubica ended a hard-fought first day of the Janner Rally leading the European Rally Championship season-opener

Skoda building new R5 Fabia, picks Lappi and Wiegand for 2014 ERC

Skoda has confirmed it is developing a new R5 version of its Fabia rally car, and says it will be ready to compete by mid-2015

European Rally Championship boosts snow rounds in 2014 revamp

The 2014 European Rally Championship is set to kick off with a trio of snow rallies as part of a calendar revamp

Valais ERC: Esapekka Lappi claims maiden win

Esapekka Lappi earned his first European Rally Championship win with a commanding performance on the Rally of Valais

Valais ERC: Esapekka Lappi set for win after Andreas Aigner crashes

Rising Finnish star Esapekka Lappi now looks certain of a maiden European Rally Championship victory after rival Andreas Aigner crashed out in Valais

ERC Valais: Esapekka Lappi surges into 40s lead after first day

Esapekka Lappi increased his lead of the European Rally Championship finale to over 40 seconds with a commanding run through the Rally of Valais' Friday afternoon stages

ERC Valais: Esapekka Lappi moves into narrow lead

Esapekka Lappi moved into a narrow lead of 2.9 seconds on the final round of the European Rally Championship after overhauling Andreas Aigner on the second morning of the Rally of Valais

ERC Valais: Andreas Aigner leads as Craig Breen is penalised

Andreas Aigner leads the Rally of Valais by 3.7 seconds after the opening day of the European Rally Championship finale as pace-setters Craig Breen and Jeremi Ancian were penalised heavily

Acropolis Rally secures ERC slot for 2014

The Acropolis Rally and the Circuit of Ireland will be included in the European Rally Championship calendar to be announced this week

Sanremo ERC: Giandemenico Basso holds off Bryan Bouffier to win

Giandemenico Basso held off a determined Bryan Bouffier to claim his third Sanremo Rally victory

Sanremo ERC: Basso leads as Andreucci hits trouble

Giandomenico Basso moved into the lead of the 2013 European Rally Championship's penultimate event in Sanremo as Paolo Andreucci encountered problems on the last of Saturday morning's loop of stages

Sanremo ERC: Paolo Andreucci's lead grows on night stages

Paolo Andreucci edged clear of his Sanremo Rally rivals as the penultimate round of the 2013 European Rally Championship moved into darkness on Friday night

Sanremo ERC: Paolo Andreucci takes early lead

Paolo Andreucci holds the early lead in the Sanremo Rally, as local drivers push the European Rally Championship regulars down the order

Croatia ERC: Jan Kopecky takes comfortable win for Skoda

This year's European Rally Championship winner Jan Kopecky showed his class with a near-faultless drive on the final day of the Croatia Rally

Croatia ERC: Jan Kopecky seals European Rally Championship title

Jan Kopecky became the 2013 European Rally champion as he clinched the bonus points for leading the Croatia Rally at the end of day one

ERC Poland: Kajetan Kajetanowicz claims home victory

Kajetan Kajetanowicz claimed his second European Rally Championship victory after a faultless performance on home soil in Poland

ERC Poland: Kajetanowicz takes the lead as Bouffier struggles

Kajetan Kajetanowicz has taken the lead of Rally Poland as Bryan Bouffier struggled through the opening loop of the final day's stages

ERC Poland: Bouffier leads as Kubica hits trouble

Bryan Bouffier will start the final leg of Rally Poland with a 16.8-second advantage over Kajetan Kajetanowicz, as Robert Kubica fell out of contention after losing a wheel on the final stage of the day

ERC Poland: Bryan Bouffier opens early lead over Robert Kubica

Bryan Bouffier made an excellent start to the ninth round of the European Rally Championship by establishing a 12.3s lead after the opening loop of stages

Kubica says his recovery has been more important than his results

Robert Kubica says the success of his recovery from injury has been more important to him than results in his first year of rallying

ERC Rivals should fear 'relaxed' Robert Kubica, says Craig Breen

Robert Kubica's European Rally Championship rivals will face a very different opponent when the Pole returns to the series next weekend, reckons Craig Breen

Zlin ERC: Jan Kopecky clinches dominant home win

Jan Kopecky further extended his lead in the European Rally Championship after a commanding performance on home soil in the Czech Republic

Zlin ERC: Jan Kopecky cruising, Roman Kresta hits trouble

Jan Kopecky is cruising towards a home victory in the European Rally Championship's Rally Zlin, but Sunday morning dramas have shuffled the podium battle

Zlin ERC: Jan Kopecky dominates with clean sweep of stage wins

European Rally Championship leader Jan Kopecky holds a commanding lead at his home round after taking a clean sweep of Saturday's stages in the Czech Republic

Zlin ERC: Jan Kopecky leads by 18s after unbeaten run of stage wins

European Rally Championship leader Jan Kopecky is dominating his home round in the Czech Republic after the first full loop of stages

Zlin ERC: Jan Kopecky in charge after Friday evening superspecial

European Rally Championship leader Jan Kopecky claimed the early advantage on home ground as he topped Friday night's superspecial in Zlin

ERC Romania: Jan Kopecky wraps up dominant victory

Jan Kopecky cruised to his fourth European Rally Championship win of the season by dominating the final day of the Sibiu Rally in Romania

ERC Romania: Jan Kopecky leads as Francois Delecour fights back

Jan Kopecky continues to lead over Francois Delecour at the end of the opening leg of the Sibiu Rally in Romania

Ypres ERC: Freddy Loix claims eighth win amid confusing finish

Freddy Loix clinched his eighth Ypres Rally victory on his first European Rally Championship appearance of the 2013 season, as the event came to a dramatic finish with two cars on fire on the final stage

Ypres ERC: Freddy Loix on course for eighth victory

Freddy Loix is on course for a record-extending eighth Ypres Rally going into the Belgian event's final evening stages

Ypres ERC: Freddy Loix handed big lead as Craig Breen hits trouble

Freddy Loix's Ypres Rally lead soared to 1m36s at the end of Friday after Craig Breen suffered a broken driveshaft

Ypres ERC: Freddy Loix establishes early lead over Craig Breen

Freddy Loix established an early lead on his European Rally Championship return in Ypres

Britain edges closer to European Rally Championship slot in 2014

Britain's chances of landing a round of the European Rally Championship next season have been boosted by the news that four events are working towards a 2014 calendar slot

Kris Meeke to drive Peugeot 208 T16 in Ypres rally

Kris Meeke will drive Peugeot's 208 T16 on its first meaningful outing in Ypres later this month

European Rally Championship restricts amount of tyres per event

European Rally Championship organisers have reduced the amount of tyres available to competitors per event from the next round in Ypres onwards

Robert Kubica thrilled with rallying form so far

Robert Kubica has admitted he is pleased with the rally-leading speed he has shown early in his new career

Corsica ERC: Bryan Bouffier clinches victory from Jan Kopecky

Bryan Bouffier clinched another victory in a classic rally as he added a Tour of Corsica win to his 2011 Monte Carlo triumph

Corsica ERC: Bouffier leads into final two stages

Bryan Bouffier will lead the Tour of Corsica into its final two stages, but Jan Kopecky is still on his tail

Corsica ERC: Jan Kopecky takes overnight lead from Bryan Bouffier

Jan Kopecky became the Tour of Corsica's fourth leader in six stages as he overhauled Bryan Bouffier to end day one on top

Corsica ERC: Kubica takes lead after Breen mistake

Robert Kubica leads the Tour of Corsica after a mistake from Craig Breen eradicated the Peugeot driver's comfortable advantage

Corsica ERC: Craig Breen leads from Robert Kubica

Craig Breen established a 19.5-second early lead over Robert Kubica as the European Rally Championship resumed in Corsica

Robert Kubica formidable ERC Tour de Corse threat - Stephane Sarrazin

Stephane Sarrazin reckons Robert Kubica will be tough to beat on this week's Tour de Corse

Kubica's rally to recovery Plus

Kubica's rally to recovery

Robert Kubica's rally speed is obviously there - in abundance - but he's got to stop crashing. Charles Bradley went to the Azores to get the lowdown on the ex-F1 star's comeback trail

Azores ERC: Jan Kopecky takes victory for Skoda

Jan Kopecky won the Rally Azores, the fourth round of the European Rally Championship, to score his first ever victory on a gravel event

Azores ERC: Kopecky extends lead over Breen on final morning

Jan Kopecky extended his lead over Craig Breen on the final morning of Rally Azores and now leads by 20.8 seconds with one loop of stages remaining

Azores ERC: Robert Kubica accepts blame for roll

Robert Kubica has accepted the blame for his roll on the second day of the Rally Azores, but claims he "wasn't pushing" when the accident occurred

Azores ERC: Jan Kopecky leads as Robert Kubica rolls

Jan Kopecky hung on to his lead at the end of the second day of Rally Azores while Robert Kubica rolled

Azores ERC: Kubica loses lead to Kopecky

Jan Kopecky stormed into the lead of Rally Azores on the second morning of competition as a puncture and terrible weather resulted in overnight leader Robert Kubica falling to sixth spot

Azores ERC: Robert Kubica finding stages tough despite early lead

Robert Kubica admitted his first day of Rally Azores was "demanding" despite holding a nine-second lead overnight on his European Rally Championship gravel debut

Azores ERC: Robert Kubica takes early lead

Robert Kubica leads Rally Azores, his first attempt at a European Rally Championship gravel round, by nine seconds at the end of day one