Super strength in depth among ERC Rally Liepāja entries
Next week’s Rally Liepāja will be crucial in determining the destination of the 2016 FIA European Rally Championship titles, and a large and quality field has assembled. Entries for the Latvia event closed last week, and feature the top three in the ERC standings. But while points leader Kajetan Kajetanowicz and the home hero Ralfs Sirmacis will drive their usual Ford Fiesta R5 and ŠKODA Fabia R5, Alexey Lukyanuk will deploy his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X – the car with which he spectacularly won in Estonia last season. Other drivers in the R5 ranks will include Frank Tore Larsen, Łukasz Habaj, Cédric Cherain, Raul Jeets, Jarosław Kołtun, Dávid Botka and Tomasz Kasperczyk. Lukyanuk is just part of an incredible ERC2 entry, featuring the standings top three of Wojciech Chuchała, Giacomo Scattolon and Tibor Érdi Jr but also local experts Jānis Vorobjovs and Māris Neikšāns and rapid Estonian Siim Plangi. The final round of the ERC Junior Championship has also proven particularly popular, with Estonia winner Miko Niinemäe, compatriot Gustav Kruuda and Finns Joonas Tokee and Alex Forsström all returning, to join the likes of title protagonists Chris Ingram and Marijan Griebel and Latvian prospect Nikolay Gryazin.
Kajetanowicz pride at second ERC teams’ title for LOTOS Rally Team
LOTOS Rally Team, the squad behind Kajetan Kajetanowicz’s success in the FIA European Rally Championship, secured its second consecutive ERC teams’ title on last week’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín.
Ingram: I dug deep for ERC Junior victory
Chris Ingram says he had to dig deep to take his first ERC Junior victory of the season on Barum Czech Rally Zlín, extending his series lead going into the deciding round.
I will fight until the end again next time, says ERC star Lukyanuk
FIA European Rally Championship star Alexey Lukyanuk says he will “fight until the last kilometre” again in the future, following his final-stage disappointment on Barum Czech Rally Zlín.
Timely triumph for Larsen ahead of next ERC outing
Norwegian driver Frank Tore Larsen warmed up for his next FIA European Rally Championship appearance on Rally Liepāja with a victory on home soil last weekend.
ERC graduate Andolfi steps up to new R5 Hyundai
Italy’s Fabio Andolfi, who previously starred on the FIA European Rally Championship, will make his debut in an R5 car when he steps up to the all-new Hyundai i20 at the Tour de Corse later this month, the next round of the World Rally Championship.
UPCOMING ERC EVENTS
Rally Liepāja, 16-18 September 2016:
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