ERC NEWSLETTER 2016-31 | 19 DECEMBER 2016

ERC took my career to the top, says Hänninen 

Juho Hänninen says that his experience of winning the FIA European Rally Championship in 2012 will spur him on to more success in next year’s WRC, having been signed by Toyota for a season-long campaign. Hänninen joins the long list of former ERC stars to be driving at the top level of the sport, having dominated the 2012 European championship season with four wins from seven starts. “All that experience I gained from the past is the reason why I am here now,” said the Finn. “In the ERC we had many unforgettable moments, and I was very happy to win the championship because that helped to get me noticed.” Hänninen also won the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2010, which like the ERC is also promoted by Eurosport Events, claiming 11 wins out of 31 starts. “One time we crashed on to the roof of a house – incredible but true – and Eurosport was there to film it!”

Lappi joins fellow ERC graduates by landing factory wrc drive

Esapekka Lappi, the winner of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2014, has joined fellow ERC graduates Craig Breen and Stéphane Lefebvre by landing a factory drive in the World Rally Championship for 2017.

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Mareš takes first step to stardom with erc U27 Junior bid 

Filip Mareš has been handed a dream opportunity to contest the FIA ERC Junior U27 Championship in 2017.

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ERC Flat Out Trophy teenager goes flat out in Italy

Flying Finn Kalle Rovanperä, who made history by becoming the youngest-ever winner of the ERC Colin McRae Flat Out Trophy on Rally Liepāja this year, proved his pace last weekend by nearly winning on his World Rally Car debut.

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Season recap: Kajetanowicz gets home ERC victory IN Poland

Kajetan Kajetanowicz secured a spectacular first win of the 2016 FIA European Rally Championship on home ground on Rally Rzeszow in August.

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Season recap: Kopecký wins in Zlín as Lukyanuk pushes until the end

Jan Kopecký won his home round of the FIA European Rally Championship, Barum Czech Rally Zlín, for the fifth time in August after a flat-out duel with Alexey Lukyanuk all the way until a dramatic final stage.

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2017 ERC CALENDAR

30 March-1 April: Azores Airlines Rallye
4-6 May: Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés
2-4 June: Acropolis Rally
16-18 June: Cyprus Rally
3-5 August: Rally Rzeszow
25-27 August: Barum Czech Rally Zlín
15-17 September: Rally di Roma Capitale
6-8 October: Rally Liepāja

MORE INFORMATION

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TV: pascal_petit@discovery.com,
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Drivers/teams: Jean-Baptiste_Ley@discovery.com

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