ERC NEWSLETTER 2016-02 | 18 March 2016

KAJETANOWICZ: DEFENDING ERC TITLE WILL BE TOUGHER THAN WINNING IT

Kajetan Kajetanowicz reckons defending his FIA European Rally Championship title could be even harder than winning it in the first place. The LOTOS Rally Team driver was speaking after slipping to second place on the final day of the season-opening Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés last week. “It’s one thing to attack, another to defend,” said the Ford Fiesta R5-driving Pole. “The strong performance on the rally from Alexey [Lukyanuyk] and Mads Østberg just goes to show how tough the opposition will be this year. And we don’t know who is coming next either. I have a very tricky job to try and keep the title.” Kajetanowicz will head to next month’s Circuit of Ireland Rally with 29 points in the bag and he knows that he cannot afford any more mistakes in order to sustain his title challenge after he set his tyre pressures too high on Gran Canaria. “The strongest challenge is yet to come, so I have to try and be perfect everywhere,” he pointed out. “My lack of experience in the Canary Islands showed, and I made a mistake that meant I was lucky to stay in the rally. I could easily have come away with zero points.”

OSTBERG HOPES TO RETURN TO ERC AND RALLY ISLAS CANARIAS

Visiting WRC star Mads Østberg is hoping to return to Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés to complete some unfinished business on the FIA European Rally Championship, after crashing out of the event lead at the end of the first day. http://www.fiaerc.com/ostberg-hopes-to-return-to-erc-and-rally-islas-canarias/

ERC BOSS GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO GRAN CANARIA UNTIL 2017

Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés will remain as part of the FIA European Rally Championship until at least 2017, following its return to the series after a three-year hiatus. http://www.fiaerc.com/erc-boss-gives-green-light-to-gran-canaria-until-2017/ 

GRYC ‘OVERWHELMED’ BY ERC ATMOSPHERE IN GRAN CANARIA

Tomasz Gryc says he was “overwhelmed” by the atmosphere in Gran Canaria on his way to an ERC3 podium on the opening round of the FIA European Rally Championship. http://www.fiaerc.com/gryc-overwhelmed-by-erc-atmosphere-in-gran-canaria/

KOBUS COULD HAVE THREATENED FOR ERC PODIUM

Hermen Kobus believes he could have challenged for a maiden FIA European Rally Championship podium in Gran Canaria had he avoided a tree on SS9. http://www.fiaerc.com/kobus-could-have-threatened-for-erc-podium/

ARES FAST BUT FRUSTRATED ON ERC DEBUT

Iván Ares had a frustrating debut in the FIA European Rally Championship in Gran Canaria, but held a fine fourth on the first day before mechanical woes began to strike. http://www.fiaerc.com/ares-frustrated-but-fast-on-his-erc-debut/

UPCOMING ERC EVENTS

Circuit of Ireland Rally, 7-9 April 2016:
http://media.fiaerc.com/rallies/circuit-of-ireland-7-9-april-united-kingdom/

MORE INFORMATION

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