Opel's ERC season "could hardly have been better"
Opel Motorsport director Jorg Schrott says that his team’s season surpassed all expectations in the FIA European Rally Championship, claiming the top four places in the ERC Junior standings and also clinching the ERC3 class. “The Adam R2 showed that it is the car to beat in Europe,” he said – and completing Opel’s joy was the crowning of the team’s home hero Marijan Griebel as the first European champion from Germany in 15 years. With the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup, the German manufacturer has put in place a three-stage promotional platform, with the ERC at the very top level. The 140-horsepower Adam R2 has also claimed class championship wins in European countries that include Britain, Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands. “The ADAC Opel Rallye Cup has firmly established itself as a spectacular, affordable stage for young talent,” added Schrott. “And with the ADAC Opel Rallye Academy, we have created a new, effective base structure for young German rally talents. This is what effective talent promotion looks like.”
Flat out ERC young guns claim rally titles
Two promising talents who showcased their skills when the FIA European Rally Championship visited Latvia last month have won national championship titles – aged a combined 33!
Top ERC promise Gryazin fast in fabia again
Fresh from his impressive performance on the FIA European Rally Championship season finale in Cyprus, Nikolay Gryazin showed more speed behind the wheel of a ŠKODA Fabia R5 in Latvia recently.
ERC Ladies' champion Munnings dares to be different
Catie Munnings, who clinched the ERC Ladies’ title in the FIA European Rally Championship this year, took part in an important initiative to encourage young girls to enter motorsport at Britain’s round of the World Rally Championship last week.
ERC3 king Ingram guides Adam to end of challenging home wrc round
His home round of the FIA World Rally Championship didn’t go entirely to plan, but 2016 ERC3 champion Chris Ingram was pleased just to reach the finish of a ‘character-building’ Wales Rally GB.
ERC star Botka carries on rallying in austria
Dávid Botka is clearly a big fan of mixed-surface rallying: After finishing fourth on the closing round of this season’s FIA European Rally Championship in Cyprus, where drivers tackled a combination of asphalt and gravel stages, he will contest the mixed-surface Rallye Waldviertel in Austria next month.
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