With the Mecsek Rallye, the fourth of this year’s 9 rounds of the European Historic Rally Championship (EHRC), after the Rally Costa Brava (Spain), the Vltava Rally (Czech Republic) and the Rallye du Chablais (Switzerland), will see a good number of 24 entrants in Pécs. They will be joined by last year’s Pécs winner, the Italian duo Andrea “Zippo” Zivian and Denis Picino in their Audi, and the Finnish duo Ville Silvasti and Risto Pietiläinen, also among the front runners, in their Lancia 037. And, of course, other buffalo-heavy, early-model (1958-1990) racers.
It’s a close match in the Historic Eb age group 4. The last race in Switzerland (Rallye du Chablais) was a battle between Valliccioni and Myrsell. After 13 Special Stages, it was the duo of Marc Valliccioni and Yoann Raffaelli who came out on top. Third place went to the championship points leader Ville Silvasti and Risto Pietilainen for a long time, but they crashed in the eighth rapid. Michel Ducreux and Ramona Formica finished at the bottom of the podium.
After three races, Ville Silvasti is just 1 point ahead of Mats Myrsell in the championship standings. Jürgen Geist is still on the podium in the championship points standings.
The best Hungarian in age group 4 is Tibor Érdi Jr., Zoltán Csökő. Although they missed the opening Spanish race of the year, they finished the Vltava Rally in second place, behind the winning Audi. In the championship points race, they await the continuation from seventh place.
Never before in the Hungarian Historic championship have so many (33) participants entered the Mecsek, including the four Hungarian pairs (László Mekler, Edit Mikó; Péter Magoss, Viktor Bán; Tibor Érdi Jr., Zoltán Csökő) During the race – albeit for only three races – the former four-time Mecsek winner Ferenc Wirtmann and József Kerekes joined the colourful field with their Ford Escort MKII.