Rally Estonia

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Rally Estonia
Rally Estonia Logo.png
Statusactive
Genremotorsporting event
Date(s)July
Frequencyannual
Location(s)Tartu, Otepää, Elva
CountryEstonia
Inaugurated2010
Websiterallyestonia.com
2019 Rally Estonia

Rally Estonia (officially Shell Helix Rally Estonia) is a rallying event organised each year in Estonia. It is the largest and most high-profile motor rally in the country. Rally Estonia runs on smooth gravel roads of Southern Estonia. City of Tartu hosts the ceremonial start and finish. Two street stages are also held during the rally, in Tartu and Elva. Rally headquarters and service park are based in Otepää, at the Tehvandi Sports Center. From 2014–2016, Rally Estonia was a round of the FIA European Rally Championship.

History[edit]

Alexey Lukyanuk (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) leaving the start podium on the 2014 rally.
Valeriy Gorban driving a Mini John Cooper Works WRC on the 2018 rally.

2010–2013: Early years[edit]

The inaugural event, known as Mad-Croc Rally Estonia for sponsorship reasons, was held in 2010 as a part of the Estonian Rally Championship and was won by Markko Märtin who won all the special stages. In the following year, the rally became known as the auto24 Rally Estonia. Mads Østberg took back-to-back wins in 2011 and 2012 driving a Ford Fiesta RS WRC thus becoming the first two-time winner of Rally Estonia. Local driver Georg Gross won the rally in 2013.

2014–2016: ERC event[edit]

In 2014 Rally Estonia became a round of the European Rally Championship.[1] Ott Tänak won the rally driving a Ford Fiesta R5; the 2014 edition was awarded with the ERC Rally of the Year Award.[2][3] In 2015 Aleksey Lukyanuk made history as he took the overall win driving a R4 spec (ERC-2 category) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X against more powerful R5 spec Ford Fiesta driven by Kajetan Kajetanowicz.[4] In 2016 Lukyanuk was about to defend last year's win, but crashed out from the lead on the penultimate stage, allowing Ralfs Sirmacis cruise to victory in his Škoda Fabia R5.[5]

2018–2019: WRC aspirations[edit]

The event was in hiatus in 2017 and returned in 2018, known as Shell Helix Rally Estonia for sponsorship reasons. The 2018 edition marked the first time the new Toyota Yaris WRC entered a competition outside the WRC series;[6] also for the first time in the competition's history a total of three current WRC works teams entered Rally Estonia. Ott Tänak was dominant on his home ground winning eleven stages out of sixteen and took his second Rally Estonia win. In 2019 the rally organizers signed an agreement with WRC Promoter and Rally Estonia became the first ever Official WRC Promotional Event.[7][8]

Winners[edit]

Season Driver Co-driver Team Vehicle Event report
2010 Estonia Markko Märtin Estonia Kristo Kraag Estonia MM Motorsport Ford Focus RS WRC 03 Report
2011 Norway Mads Østberg Sweden Jonas Andersson Norway Adapta AS Ford Fiesta RS WRC Report
2012 Norway Mads Østberg Sweden Jonas Andersson Norway Adapta World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC Report
2013 Estonia Georg Gross Estonia Raigo Mõlder Estonia OT Racing Ford Focus RS WRC 08 Report
2014 Estonia Ott Tänak Estonia Raigo Mõlder Estonia MM Motorsport Ford Fiesta R5 Report
2015 Russia Alexey Lukyanuk Russia Alexey Arnautov Ukraine Chervonenko Racing Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X Report
2016 Latvia Ralfs Sirmacis Latvia Māris Kulšs Latvia Sports Racing Technologies Škoda Fabia R5 Report
2017 Not Held
2018 Estonia Ott Tänak Estonia Martin Järveoja Japan Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC Report
2019 Report

Multiple winners[edit]

Wins Driver Years won
2 Norway Mads Østberg 2011–2012
Estonia Ott Tänak 2014, 2018
 
Wins Co-driver Years won
2 Sweden Jonas Andersson 2011–2012
Estonia Raigo Mõlder 2013–2014
 
Wins Manufacturer Years won
5 United States Ford 2010–2014

Detailed results[edit]

Markko Märtin won the inaugural event in 2010.
Mads Østberg is a two-time winner of Rally Estonia.
Aleksey Lukyanuk took the win in 2015.
Ott Tänak won the 2014 and 2018 rallies.
Rally name Podium finishers Statistics
Pos. No. Crew Team Time Stages Length Starters Finishers
1. Mad-Croc Rally Estonia 2010
16 – 18 July 2010
Round 3 of the 2010 Estonian Rally Championship
1 1 Estonia Markko Märtin
Estonia Kristo Kraag
Estonia MM Motorsport
(Ford Focus RS WRC 03)
1:33:19.1 12 189.83 km 115 62
2 6 Estonia Ott Tänak
Estonia Kuldar Sikk
Estonia MM Motorsport
(Subaru Impreza WRX STi)
1:36:09.4
3 5 Finland Toni Gardemeister
Finland Tapio Suominen
Finland GPOWER Ky
(Ford Fiesta S2000)
1:37:32.5
2. auto24 Rally Estonia 2011
15 – 16 July 2011
Round 4 of the 2011 Estonian Rally Championship
1 1 Norway Mads Østberg
Sweden Jonas Andersson
Norway Adapta AS
(Ford Fiesta RS WRC)
1:15:19.9 9 162.20 km 125 74
2 6 Estonia Markko Märtin
Estonia Kristo Kraag
Estonia MM Motorsport
(Ford Focus RS WRC 03)
1:15:43.9
3 2 Czech Republic Martin Prokop
Czech Republic Michal Ernst
Czech Republic Czech Ford National Team
(Ford Fiesta S2000)
1:18:57.4
3. auto24 Rally Estonia 2012
20 – 21 July 2012
Round 3 of the 2012 Estonian Rally Championship
Round 5 of the 2012 Latvian Rally Championship
1 1 Norway Mads Østberg
Sweden Jonas Andersson
Norway Adapta World Rally Team
(Ford Fiesta RS WRC)
1:20:20.8 12 167.76 km 121 67
2 2 Belgium Thierry Neuville
Belgium Nicolas Gilsoul
France Citroën Junior WRT
(Citroën DS3 WRC)
1:20:47.3
3 3 Estonia Georg Gross
Estonia Raigo Mõlder
Estonia MM Motorsport
(Ford Focus RS WRC 08)
1:22:05.7
4. auto24 Rally Estonia 2013
19 – 20 July 2013
Round 4 of the 2013 Estonian Rally Championship
Round 5 of the 2013 Latvian Rally Championship
1 1 Estonia Georg Gross
Estonia Raigo Mõlder
Estonia OT Racing
(Ford Focus RS WRC 08)
1:07:55.9 9 143.26 km 130 67
2 5 Estonia Karl Kruuda
Estonia Martin Järveoja
Estonia MM Motorsport
(Ford Fiesta R5)
1:08:35.2
3 3 Russia Alexey Lukyanuk
Russia Alexey Arnautov
Latvia Autostils Rally Technica
(Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
1:08:37.6
5. auto24 Rally Estonia 2014
17 – 19 July 2014
Round 7 of the 2014 European Rally Championship
Round 4 of the 2014 Estonian Rally Championship
1 1 Estonia Ott Tänak
Estonia Raigo Mõlder
Estonia MM Motorsport
(Ford Fiesta R5)
1:49:36.4 15 231.55 km 61 30
2 16 Russia Alexey Lukyanuk
Russia Alexey Arnautov
Lithuania EAMV
(Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X)
1:50:23.5
3 9 Estonia Timmu Kõrge
Estonia Erki Pints
Estonia MM Motorsport
(Ford Fiesta R5)
1:50:31.8
6. auto24 Rally Estonia 2015
17 – 19 July 2015
Round 6 of the 2015 European Rally Championship
1 15 Russia Alexey Lukyanuk
Russia Alexey Arnautov
Ukraine Chervonenko Racing
(Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X)
1:32:25.4 16 202.86 km 56 35
2 16 Poland Kajetan Kajetanowicz
Poland Jarosław Baran
Poland Lotos Rally Team
(Ford Fiesta R5)
1:32:38.1
3 17 Estonia Rainer Aus
Estonia Simo Koskinen
Estonia LEDrent Rally Team
(Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
1:33:32.4
7. auto24 Rally Estonia 2016
15 – 17 July 2016
Round 6 of the 2016 European Rally Championship
1 3 Latvia Ralfs Sirmacis
Latvia Māris Kulšs
Latvia Sports Racing Technologies
(Škoda Fabia R5)
1:44:16.2 16 211.45 km 40 28
2 1 Poland Kajetan Kajetanowicz
Poland Jarosław Baran
Poland Lotos Rally Team
(Ford Fiesta R5)
1:45:50.7
3 15 Estonia Rainer Aus
Estonia Simo Koskinen
Estonia ALM Motorsport
(Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
1:48:01.0
2017 rally not held
8. Shell Helix Rally Estonia 2018
13 – 15 July 2018
Round 1 of the 2018 Baltic Rally Trophy
Round 5 of the 2018 Estonian Rally Championship
Round 4 of the 2018 Latvian Rally Championship
1 1 Estonia Ott Tänak
Estonia Martin Järveoja
Japan Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT
(Toyota Yaris WRC)
1:12:31.9 16 146.40 km 104 52
2 3 New Zealand Hayden Paddon
United Kingdom Sebastian Marshall
South Korea Hyundai Motorsport
(Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
1:13:31.0
3 2 Republic of Ireland Craig Breen
United Kingdom Scott Martin
France Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT
(Citroën C3 WRC)
1:15:44.3
9. Shell Helix Rally Estonia 2019
12 – 14 July 2019
Round 2 of the 2019 Baltic Rally Trophy
Round 5 of the 2019 Estonian Rally Championship
Round 4 of the 2019 Latvian Rally Championship
1 15 151.98 km
2
3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "auto24 Rally Estonia". fiaerc.com. European Rally Championship. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Newcomer Estonia is ERC Rally of the Year". rallyestonia.com. Rally Estonia. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  3. ^ "FIA ERC names Rally Estonia 'Rally of the Year 2014'". news.err.ee. Eesti Rahvusringhääling. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Lukyanuk takes first ERC win on ultra-fast auto24 Rally Estonia". fiaerc.com. European Rally Championship. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  5. ^ "ERC Rally estonia day three report: Sirmacis wins after late Lukyanuk drama". fiaerc.com. European Rally Championship. 17 July 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja starting in Shell Helix Rally Estonia with Toyota Yaris WRC". rallyestonia.com. Rally Estonia. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Estonia to host Promotional Rally". wrc.com. World Rally Championship. 1 March 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  8. ^ ERR, Kristjan Kalkun (1 March 2019). "WRC promotsiooniralli korraldatakse Eestis, koostöölepe sai allkirja". ERR. Retrieved 3 March 2019.

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