Andreucci: ERC return to Italy is big news
Italy’s leading rally driver, Paolo Andreucci, has spoken of his delight that the FIA European Rally Championship is returning to the country next year. Rally di Roma Capitale will form the penultimate event of the 2017 ERC season from 15-17 September. And Andreucci, a former winner of Rallye Sanremo, the last Italian event to form part of the ERC schedule, can’t wait. “It’s fantastic news that Italy is back in the European championship,” said Andreucci, who drives for Peugeot Italia and is a nine-time Italian champion. “It’s a great competition and my only regret is that I never had the opportunity to contest the full championship myself: that is something I would still love to do. The ERC arriving in Rome is something that all of us Italian drivers will benefit from, because the impact and coverage of the championship now is much bigger than it used to be. So I’m very happy that the ERC is finally returning to Italy.” Andreucci is also a three-time winner of another well-known former ERC round, the Costa Smeralda Rally in Sardinia.
EIGHT ROUNDS FOR 2017 ERC
The 2017 FIA European Rally Championship will be contested over eight events from April to October, the meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Vienna last week confirmed.
ERC Junior upgrade confirmed
ERC Junior will be split into two separate divisions – ERC Junior Under 27 and ERC Junior Under 28 – from 2017 based on driver age and experience.
ERC Teams' Championship restructured
The popular FIA European Rally Championship for teams will be significantly changed when the 2017 ERC gets underway.
ERC champions honoured in Vienna
Kajetan Kajetanowicz and co-driver Jarek Baran’s FIA European Rally Championship title double was recognised at the FIA Prize Giving ceremony in Vienna last Friday.
New Pirelli app for ERC
Italian firm Pirelli, the official tyre supplier to ERC Junior Championship, has launched a new free app designed specifically for ERC drivers.
UPCOMING ERC EVENTS
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