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2019 FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship

In January 2019 the Federation International d’Automobile (FIA) asked Jeff Carter to become the Media Delegate for the European Historic Sporting Rally Championship


The 2019 FIA EHSRC features nine rounds in Spain, Czech Republic, Belgium, Austria, Finland, Italy and Hungary and features rally cars from the golden era of the sport, the 1960s to the 1980s. I will be attending five of the nine events, missing the first (Spain), fifth (Austria), seventh and eighth (both Italy) due to clashes with World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series events. For the four events I miss I will provide written reports remotely for the website and social media feeds.

In addition to providing providing written reports I have been asked to provide videos from each of the events I attend and, if footage can be sourced from the organisers, videos from the events I will miss due to the other commitments.


ROUND 1: Rally Moritz Costa Brava (ESP)

The EHSRC started in Spain with the Rally Costa Brava in March. Unfortunately I was in the United States covering the 1000 Miles of Sebring in Florida, which was Round 7 of the 2018/19 FIA WEC season. The event organisers were able to provide some excellent video footage so I was able to produce a video review of the event in addition to my written reports. The video was voiced by me.

CLICK HERE for the report from Round 1

ROUND 2: Historic Vltava Rally (CZE)

The second rally of the season was held in the Czech Republic and was the first event I could attend. I also obtained permission from the Czech Civil Aviation Authority to fly the DJI Phantom 4 Pro during the event to provide some aerial footage of the rally cars in action. This was my first commercial job as a drone pilot.

CLICK HERE to read the rally report

ROUND 3: Rally de Asturias Historico (ESP)

It was back to Spain for Round 3 for the championship, this time it was the north west of the country in Asturias, based in the town of Pravia. This was my second event I was able to attend but this time I decided to leave the drone at home due to the restrictions for flying commercially in Spain.

CLICK HERE to read the rally report

ROUND 4: Las Vegas Ypres Historic Rally (BEL)

The Ypres Historic Rally took place in Flanders in west Belgium. The event attracted a large entry, including several local drivers whose experience on the unique farming roads proved to be invaluable against the regular EHSRC competitors. The two day event took place amongst the memorials to the fallen from the First World War.

CLICK HERE to read the rally report

ROUND 5: Rallye Weiz (AUT)

The Rallye Weiz in Austria was the host event for Round 5 of the 2019 FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship and while this year was the 11th running of the event, it was the first time the Rallye Weiz has hosted a round of the EHSRC. The two day rally saw plenty of action for the thousands of rally fans who turned out to watch these fabulous cars from a golden era of rallying.

CLICK HERE to read the rally report

ROUND 6: Lahti Historic Rally (FIN)

Round 6 of the FIA 2019 Championship was held in Finland. The Lahti Historic Rally is the only gravel rally on the calendar and invokes memories of the legendary 1000 Lakes Rally. The two day rally attracted a strong entry with many gravel specialists travelling to Finland from as far away as Qatar and Australia to tackle the 12 special stages over 150km.

CLICK HERE to read the rally report

ROUND 7: Rally Alpi Orientali Historic (ITA)

The Rally Alpi Orientali Historic will be the host event for Round 7 of the 2019 FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship the first of two Italian rounds. The Rally Alpi Orientali takes place in north east Italy in and around Udine and features over 150km of special stages in breathtaking scenery close to the border with Slovenia.

CLICK HERE to read the rally report

NEXT RALLY: The Rally Elba Historic in Italy (19/21 September 2019).