ERC NEWSLETTER 2016-05 | 9 May 2016

MCRAE BACKS YOUTH ON THE ERC

Rally legend Jim McRae is one of many who has endorsed 21-year-old Ralfs Sirmacis as a worthy winner of the Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy. The Latvian became the youngest-ever overall winner of the Acropolis Rally on Sunday, mirroring Colin McRae’s reputation of winning rallies and championships at an extremely young age. McRae’s crowning glory was winning the 1995 world championship when he was only 27: a record that still stands today. “Colin was definitely an early starter, and it’s great to see the youngsters coming through in international rallying,” said McRae, who is also involved in a programme to help rising young motorsport stars in his native Scotland. “To do what Ralfs has done on a rally that’s as tough as the Acropolis is a fantastic achievement, so I’m very happy to see him pick up the McRae trophy.” The runner-up in last year’s ERC Junior Championship, Sirmacis was contesting his first event in an R5 car, with only 60 kilometres of testing in it prior to the rally start.

REPORT: SENSATIONAL SIRMACIS WINS GRUELLING ERC ACROPOLIS RALLY

Young Latvian Ralfs Sirmacis has secured an incredible win on the legendary SEAJETS Acropolis Rally on his first start at the top level of the FIA European Rally Championship. http://www.fiaerc.com/erc-acropolis-rally-day-two-report-sensational-sirmacis-wins-gruelling-rally/

THREE FROM THREE IN ERC2 FOR CHUCHAŁA 

Wojciech Chuchała had to work harder than usual to lead the ERC2 category on day one, but was able to build another comfortable margin on day two while also climbing to fifth overall in his Subaru Poland Rally Team Impreza STi. http://www.fiaerc.com/erc2-acropolis-rally-day-two-report-three-from-three-for-chuchala/ 

BOSTANCI TAKES THE ERC3 HONOURS 

Murat Bostanci claimed a first victory in the ERC3 category with Castrol Ford Team Türkiye on the SEAJETS Acropolis Rally. http://www.fiaerc.com/erc3-acropolis-rally-day-two-report-bostanci-takes-the-honours/

TO HEAVEN FROM HELL FOR ERC LEADER KAJETANOWICZ

Kajetan Kajetanowicz says he went from “hell to heaven” after fighting back on the SEAJETS Acropolis Rally to extend his FIA European Rally Championship lead. http://www.fiaerc.com/to-heaven-from-hell-for-erc-leader-kajetanowicz/

ATHANASSOULAS LETS IT ALL OUT IN EMOTIONAL ERC ACROPOLIS ENDING

It was an emotional ending to the SEAJETS Acropolis Rally for Lambros Athanassoulas, who reached the finish fearing he’d lost a dream second place in the FIA European Rally Championship on home soil. http://www.fiaerc.com/athanassoulas-lets-it-all-out-in-emotional-erc-acropolis-ending/

UPCOMING ERC EVENTS

Azores Airlines Rallye, 2-4 June 2016:
http://media.fiaerc.com/rallies/sata-rallye-acores-2-4-june-portugal/

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