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ERC NEWSLETTER 2016-27 | 21 NOVEMBER 2016



Habaj describes his big ERC moment 

Łukasz Habaj has described his spectacular moment on Rally Liepāja that is the FIA European Rally Championship’s nomination for the FIA Action of the Year poll. The Polish driver and his navigator Jacek Spentany came close to rolling their Rallytechnology Ford Fiesta R5 on one of the Latvian gravel rally’s fast corners on stage nine, but Habaj controlled the two-wheeled moment well to continue in fifth place. He said: “We had in our pacenotes that this corner is very slippery. Well, it was even more slippery than I expected. It was the same corner where Frank Tore Larsen rolled. I think we were just a bit more lucky and I hope my reaction helped also. I turned towards the right direction just before it was too late. Of course everything happened so fast that I didn’t really have time to think too much.” The clip of Habaj, which includes Eurosport helicopter and fan footage, is up against nominations from F1, WEC, WTCC, WRC, WRX, Formula E, European Formula 3 and KZ karting. “This nomination is really a great surprise for me as I didn’t expect anything like that,” said Habaj. “Being among top world class drivers from different motorsport disciplines feels just amazing and I really feel honoured. It definitely gives a lot of motivation to keep driving on the limit.” Click here to watch the video and find out how to vote and earn the chance to win two tickets to next year’s British Grand Prix. 




New step in ERC Junior format targets career progression

The FIA ERC Junior Championship is in line for an exciting format change from 2017, with a career progression opportunity and a prize package up for grabs.

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ERC returns to Italy in new-look calendar 

Rally di Roma Capitale will join the FIA European Rally Championship in 2017, one of eight events so far included on the provisional schedule for next season, which remains subject to final approval.

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World title glory for former ERC champion Lappi

Flying Finn Esapekka Lappi, who won the FIA European Rally Championship in 2014, has claimed the WRC2 title – the stepping stone to the world championship’s top tier – with a class victory on the season-closing Rally Australia.

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ERC winner Fast Freddy's career highlights

“Fast Freddy” Loix, who announced his retirement from rallying recently, has enjoyed a huge amount of success both in the FIA European Rally Championship and the World Rally Championship, as well as at home in Belgium. Here are six of the best.

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ERC Ladies' Trophy winner is Australia's best

Having won the ERC Ladies’ Trophy in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2013, Molly Taylor has now claimed the Australian Rally Championship title.

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