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Neubauer and Ettel took the title in Kumrovec.

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  • Saturday, 02 March 2019 16:48
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Austrian crew Hermann Neubauer and Bernhard Ettel that drive Ford Fiesta R5 won the rally in Kumrovec that was organized by Auto club Delta Sport from Zagreb and it represents the start of Croatian Championship. Austrians ended with time 44:08,4

 


„We are here for the first time and it is great. It is difficult, I think I have never driven something like this, but we had fun. This is great preparation for Austrian Championship. The rout was difficult but I enjoyed it all the way. I hope I will come next year“ said Neubauer.

 


Second place won Slovenian crew Rok¸Turk and Blanka Kacin in Hyundai i20 R5 they were in finish in time 44:51,1.
Third were Antal Kovacs and Gergo Istovic in Ford Fiesta R5 with time 45:13,1.

 


The best Croatian crew is Krisztian Hideg and Istvan Kerek in Škoda Fabija R5. They were 4th.

 

The Austrians are untouchable today.

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  • Saturday, 02 March 2019 14:14
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The Austrians are holding on to their lead.

 

This year's Kumrovec rally is special because drivers are driving on brand new and interesting stages. They will drive six of them and not four like years before. Many spectators are supporting drivers near the road and above everything weather is perfect.

 

After fourth SS Austrians Hermann Neubauer and Bernhard Ettel are in lead with overall time of 31:03,6. They are followed bay Slovenian crew Rok Turk and Blanka Kacin with time 31:28,6. Third are Antal Kovacs and Gergo Istovics from Hungary wit overall time 31:47,4.

 

After today's four special stages we have lost eleven crews. Nine of them did not manage to finish them and two crews did not even start. Next SS starts at 3.06 PM.

 

First two special stages are behind us.

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  • Saturday, 02 March 2019 12:22
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First two special stages are behind us.

 

They were driven on route: Zagorska Sela - Kuzminec Miljanski - Pušća - Zagorska Sela, and on route: Ravno Brezje - Razdrto Tuheljsko - Ravno Brezje - Kladnik.

 

Overall the fastest are, counting two prologues yesterday Austrians Herman Neubauer and Bernhard Ettel in time 17:56,2, they are followed by Slovenians Rok Turk and Blanka Kacin that are late by leaders 0:13,2,. Third crew is from Hungary Antal Kovac and Gergo Istovic thy clocked in time 18:18,0.

 

Ceremonial start of 8. INA Kumrovec Rally is over.

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  • Saturday, 02 March 2019 10:04
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Ceremonial start of 8. INA Kumrovec Rally is over.

 

This year we will have six special stages at Kumrovec and Zagorska Sela. Crews will drive BI Zagorska Sela and BI Kumrovec and that is 62,22 kilometers of SS.

 

The track configuration has been retained with a large number of tied bends and passes, which have for years been a trademark of Rally Kumrovec.

 

The most successful driver of the previous seven Kumrovec Rallies is Hungarian Janos Szilagyi with three victories. This year Kumrovec Rally will drive 48 crew from four countries.

 

Here are some expectations from the drivers after first prologue.

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  • Friday, 01 March 2019 18:44
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Here are some expectations from the drivers after first prologue:

 

"We have new car. That is one new challenge. My idols were driving cars like this. We do not have many expectations. Just want that everything goes well" said Juraj Šebalj who is driving Toyota GT86 C2 R3.

 

Slovenian driver Rok Turk is satisfied as well:


"Everything is new. We came to do some tests here. To do everything on the car so we can see where are we" said Turk.

 

With attractive prologue at Terme Tuhelj 8th INA Kumrovec rally has started.

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  • Friday, 01 March 2019 18:28
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With attractive prologue at Terme Tuhelj 8th INA Kumrovec rally has started. This year 51 crew has come to Zagorje.

 

The first prologue is behind us, and the Slovenian crew Rok Turk and Blanka Kacin are in lead with time 2:12,3 minutes, they are followed by Hermann Neubauer and Bernhard Ettel who are late 0:01,0. Ranked third are Krisztian Hideg and Istvan Kerek who clocked in at 2:14,9.  Two crews did not manage to finish first prologue.

 

With atractive prologue in Tuhelj and in front of many fans started 7. INA Rally Kumrovec.

 

The 7th INA Rally Kumrovec started off with an attractive prologue at Terme Tuhelj, 56 crews had applied, but 40 of them were at start.

 

After first prologue the Croatian crew Krisztian Hideg and Istvan Kerek are leading with time of 2:30,6. They are followed Stefan Fritz and Bernhard Ettle from Austria, who are behind by 0:06.9.

 

Ranked third are another Austrian crew Niki Meyer-Melnhoh i Thomas Zeiser, who clocked in at 2:38.6.

Niki Mayr-Melnhof back in Kumrovec to defend title!

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Actual winner of INA Rally Kumrovec Niki Mayr-Melnhof is coming back to Croatia to defend the title. He will be driving with new co-driver, but he will be aiming high for sure. Special stages of Rally Kumrovec will be the perfect preparation for him, for the next round of Austrian Championship. He took some time to answer some of our questions.

 

1. You are coming to Croatia once again, after such a dominant win  last year, you will be defending the title. What are your expectations, since you won’t be driving with Poldi Welsersheimb?

 

First of all thank you very much for inviting me back to beautiful Kumrovec in Croatia. Its been a real pleasure driving in Kumrovec last year and with the sweet win at the end it was an amazing experience for us. As I´m still pretty new to rallying it was my first ever Rallye win, which I will for sure remember for a long time.

Surely I´m a little sad not to come back with Poldi, but he has some important business to take care of! On the other hand with Thomas Zeiser I have a very experienced and professional co-driver on my side, and we already did a lot of testing. 

 

2. How do you like the concept of the Rally Kumrovec – short itinerary with almost 70% of special stages, not many opportunities to make a mistake and come back later?

 

It's a very attractive concept which I like a lot. It has very difficult, quick and narrow stages, which leaves no room for any errors. And most of all it's perfect for the fans, which there were plenty last year round. They get very close to the action and because it's such a compact Rallye, they can see a lot of the action.

 

3. Can you compare the special stages of Rally Kumrovec with the ones in the Austrian championship?

 

It is very much comparable with the Rebenland Rallye in the Austrian Championship which will take place two weeks later. So it is a perfect preparation for us to get back into the rhythm.

 

4. You were unlucky at the season opening. How will your retirement at Janner rallye effect the rest of the season?

 

The technical retirement at the Jännerrallye was very unfortunate, but we learned a lot and I got a lot of confidence in the car now after diving in this very difficult conditions. The whole Drift company Team worked really hard for this Rallye and it was just not meant to be, but we will be back next year even stronger. As it's just the beginning of the season I´m not worried at all, and there are still a lot of points up for grabs.

 

5. You had a several starts last season with Audi. Will you compete in circuit races this year also?

 

The plan is to fully focus on rallying this year and not to do a whole championship in GT with Audi. But if anything comes up at the Nordschleife I might reconsider.

Hungary domination in prologue

 

Day one of the Kumrovec Rally has come to a close with the end of the second prologue in Tuhelj. Crowds of thousands have gathered for the Friday afternoon spectacle, which amassed an all time high 70 crews from six countries.

 

Antal Kovacs and Gergo Istovics placed first in their Ford Fiesta R5 coming in at 4:44.00, while their countrymen Zoltan Lencse and Tamas Hofbauer, who drive a Ford Fiesta R5 as well placed second. They came in 3.9 seconds later. Slovenians Rok Turk and Martina Lazar in a Peugeot 208 R2 placed third.

 

While they didn’t maximise their “home field advantage”, Croatians Janos Szilagy and Katarina Husnjak of Autoklub Delta Sport did fairly well coming in fourth.

 

Of the 70 participating crews, ten of them did not finish today’s prologue. Seven of them retired, while three did not start.

 

The octane spectacle that Rally Kumrovec has to offer is set to move to Kumrovec today, where four special stages await. A ceremonial start is scheduled for 9:31AM, while the special stages’ actual start is scheduled for 11:09AM.

 

The specificity of Kumrovec stages lies in a narrow track with many linked curves and crests. Often lots of gravel gets on the asphalt which is put out of the roadside as drivers select the ideal line. For years, the audience recognizes Rally Kumrovec as an event that brings attractive rides with lots of jumps. In the previous four rallies Hungarian driver Janos Szilagyi was the best in such conditions. He has won three times, and in 2013 he had to withdraw after half of the rally due to illness of his co-driver while he held the lead. Daniel Šaškin of Porec has one victory in Kumrovec.

LIFTOFF IN KUMROVEC

 

A green colored Fiat 126, collectively known as “Peglica” in the vicinities of former Yugoslavia opened up the fifth annual Kumrovec Rally.  An all time high 70 crews will take part in all activities this weekend, while one all female crew has found their way amongst other starters - Gorana Hunić and Maja Redžić.

 

Administrative checks, scrutineerings and reconnaisance opened up the day in Kumrovec, but the party moved to Tuhelj in the afternoon hours for two prologues. The event will, however, move back to Kumrovec on Saturday as four special stages will take place.

 

The weather has been pulling off a Jekyll and Hyde with the organisers with snow and rain in the morning hours, followed by clouds, but the sun showed up just in time for the start of the octane fueled weekend in Zagorje. All’s well that ends well!

 

 

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