This weekend, this year's Slovenian national championship in Maribor will start after the Lavanttal rally. The rally will take place only on Saturday, April 18.4, and will consist of eight speed trials (three different) with a total length of 74,50 km, with a total rally length of 171,80 km. There are 27 crews registered, including the MGM Racing team with driver Greg Premrl and co-driver Gregor Brešer in a DS 3 R3 vehicle. Grega is definitely looking forward to fighting for points again: "Rally Maribor will be a demanding and certainly interesting introduction to the new season of the national championship. Given the better rides at the last Lavantal Rally in Austria, Gregor and I will do our best to with DS 3 R3 from the start in the highest places of the Slovenian ranking.
The Lavanttal rally will continue this weekend in the rally competition for the Mitropa Cup, in which the MGM Racing team will also compete this year. On Friday and Saturday, 95 registered crews will face twelve speed trials in the vicinity of the Austrian city of Wolfsberg. At Friday's start of the rally at 15 pm, of course, Grega Premrl and his co-driver, Gregor Brešer, will also be present. Grega is definitely looking forward to the fight for points again: "Rally Lavanttal will be as demanding and interesting as the last few years for the Mitropa Cup season. Given the poor result two weeks ago in Italy, Gregor and I will try to be with The Citroen DS 3 R3 has been in the highest places in its category since the start, and the weather forecast for the weekend predicts stable weather.
Tim Novak and Uroš Ocvirk (Škoda Fabia R2) and the IK Sport team could not have started their performances in the Mitropa Cup better. In addition to 9th place in the overall standings of the Austrian Rally Rebenland, the young men took the second highest podium in the Mitropa Cup, and Tim also won among the young racers! "If before my first race this year I was offered ninth place in the overall standings, second place in the R2 class, second place in the Mitropa Cup and of course a victory among juniors, as they like to tell us, I would seize the opportunity with both hands," he said. annual Team overjoyed at the finish. He also said that he made only one mistake in two days of racing and that he and his co-driver were very lucky at the time to stay on the road after turning. At the 20th speed test, they reached the 13th time in the overall rally classification
The current champions Aleks Humar and co-driver Florjan Rus celebrated at the opening rally of this year's season of the Slovenian national championship. Humar and Rus secured a favorable advantage over their rivals in the first eight speed trials. The closest follower Rok Turk was one minute and 27 seconds behind. At first glance, Humar's smooth victory seemingly slipped out of the hands of the current champion in the ninth test, where he punctured the tire. The driver of the Clia continued to the finish of the test and lost a minute and nine seconds, but driving with a flat tire damaged the brake hose, which required an additional 50 seconds of loss on the next test, as the champion was logically annoyed by the brakes. However, when the damaged pipe was finally replaced, Humar's lag behind the Turk was two
The Lavanttal Rally will also mark the beginning of the Slovenian National Rally Championship this year. Both we and the spectators are saddened by the fact that only 18 Slovenian crews have registered for it so far, compared to 28. Last year, despite the reduced number of participants in the first of seven rallies this season, we expect this number to increase if not before, at five domestic events. Also this year, the big favorite of the season is Aleks Humar with a Renault Clio R3, who pulled his car well after the winter sleep at the Rebenland rally, which was considered the Mitropa Cup. There was also Asja Zupanc with a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX, who will be the only Slovenian participant in the all-wheel drive car at the Lavanttal Rally. Points for the Slovenian championship will be in two weeks in Av
At this year's Lavanttal Rally, which will take place between 12 and 13 April, as many as 103 Slovenian crews are among the 27 entries. Rajko Žakelj and Asja Zupanc are certainly among the main favorites in the Slovenian national championship in the competition of thirty teams, and Jani Trček and Mitja Klemenčič will also be dangerous. The locals Beppo Harrach and the seven-time winner of the Lavanttal Rally, Raimund Baumschlager, will most likely fight for a joint victory. On the Slovenian scene, we are witnessing many changes of racing cars. Rok Turk finally replaced the Citroen with a Peugeot 208 R2, Martin Mlinar replaced the Yuga with the MG Zr 1.4, and Rok Jerkič, who will compete with the Škoda Felicia this year, also gave up the Yugo. Franci Božič will drive one of the remaining three Yugos in Austria, as his Fiat Panda is not ready yet.