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ERC NEWSLETTER 2016-26 | 14 NOVEMBER 2016



ERC Junior winner Gago aiming high after national title 

After claiming a national title last weekend, young Portuguese driver Diogo Gago is hoping for a chance for more international success like the maiden FIA ERC Junior Championship win he scored earlier this year. Gago claimed the Portuguese two-wheel drive title with a fifth class win from six starts on Rallye do Algarve, enabling him to beat Gil Antunes (who also contested two ERC events this year). Having previously competed in ERC Junior with the Peugeot Rally Academy in 2015, Gago made a return in a 208 R2 on June’s Azores Airlines Rallye and won the category after a battle with title contenders Marijan Griebel and Chris Ingram. “This season we have worked hard to confirm our presence rally-by-rally, but for anyone who wants to win titles, this is not the ideal scenario,” said Gago. “After becoming national rally champions and the first Portuguese to win an ERC Junior round, I think we've done enough to deserve support that allows us to have a more ambitious programme. Let's hope this support finally comes, because we want more wins and titles next season, but at this moment there is no sign that we can continue to compete.”




ERC hero Loix retires from rallying

Freddy Loix, a winner of 11 rounds of the FIA European Rally Championship across a 20-year period, has today announced his retirement from rallying.

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Bostanci makes winning start to 2017 ERC preparations 

Murat Bostanci has made the perfect start to his preparations for a planned step up to the top level of the FIA European Rally Championship next season, winning a rally in Turkey.

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When Griebel met Röhrl: two ERC champions with Opel

This year’s ERC Junior champion Marijan Griebel recently met up with German rally legend Walter Röhrl, himself a previous winner of the FIA European Rally Championship with Opel.

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ERC Junior ace Pieniążek samples SRT winning machine

ERC Junior event-winner Łukasz Pieniążek has taken a ŠKODA Fabia R5 for a test drive with leading FIA European Rally Championship outfit Sports Racing Technologies as he considers his next move.

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Munnings keen on ERC kilometres

Catie Munnings has told the Motorsport24.pl website that a full FIA ERC Junior Championship campaign is her target for 2017.

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