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11 JULY 2018

ERC NEWSLETTER 22-18

AMAZING ERC JUNIOR MUNNINGS GETS BIG BREAK… ON TV!
FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship contender Catie Munnings will get her own TV series in her native United Kingdom in the coming months. A former winner of the ERC Ladies’ Trophy, Munnings will front Catie’s Amazing Machines on CBeebies, which is part of the BBC television network and is aimed at children aged six and under. Click for full story.
 
ERC JUNIOR CHAMPION INGRAM BACK IN ACTION
Chris Ingram made his long awaited competition return with a top 10 finish on Rally Internazionale del Casentino in Italy last weekend – a planned warm-up for Rally di Roma Capitale from 20-22 July when he is set to resume his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship bid. Ingram hadn’t rallied since early May when illness forced his withdrawal from Rally Islas Canarias. But he was back competing again in his Toksport WRT ŠKODA Fabia R5, coming home one place ahead of team-mate Orhan Avcioǧlu in eighth overall, a strong performance after several weeks of inactivity. Click for full story.
 
JOHANSSON GETS SET FOR ERC JUNIOR UNDER 27 BID
Sebastian Johansson will become the second Swede in the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship when he makes his debut in the young driver training series on Rally di Roma Capitale next week. Johansson, 25, will join compatriot Tom Kristensson in the Pirelli-supported category, which provides the first step on the international ladder for drivers graduating from national level aiming for the top. Click for full story.
 
GRYAZIN REVS UP FOR ROMA ERC JUNIOR ATTACK WITH PODIUM
Top ERC Junior Nikolay Gryazin underlined his status as a contender for victory on Rally di Roma Capitale with an impressive showing on Rally Internazionale del Casentino. Gryazin, in a Sports Racing Technologies-run ŠKODA Fabia R5, overcame an early puncture to come within 12.7s of winning, settling instead for second place behind Alessandro Re from Italy. Click for full story.
 
ULTIMATE SACRIFICE: MELEGARI GESTURE GIVES FORMER ERC CHAMPION BASSO RALLY DI ROMA CAPITALE CHANCE
Zelindo Melegari has made the ultimate sacrifice by pulling his entry for Rally di Roma Capitale so former ERC champion and fellow Italian Giandomenico Basso can contest his country’s round of the FIA European Rally Championship. Basso, European champion in 2006 and 2009, is part of Melegari’s Movisport driver management company but did not have the necessary funds to contest the all-asphalt ERC qualifier, which also counts for Italian championship points. Click for full story.
 
TARMAC TIME: MONTEIRO SET FOR ROMA ERC DUTY
Aloísio Monteiro will try Tarmac in his ŠKODA Fabia R5 for the first time when he contests the all-asphalt Rally Roma di Capitale next week. Monteiro, for whom the Italian event will mark his third start in this season’s FIA European Rally Championship, is stepping up to R5 machinery in 2018 but has a preference for driving on asphalt. Click for full story.

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01 Catie Munnings Photo BBC Communications-jpg
01 Catie Munnings Photo BBC Communications-jpg

02 Chris Ingram Photo by PhotoZini-JPG
02 Chris Ingram Photo by PhotoZini-JPG

03 Sebastian Johansson-JPG
03 Sebastian Johansson-JPG

04 Nikolay Gryazin Photo by PhotoZini-JPG
04 Nikolay Gryazin Photo by PhotoZini-JPG

05 ERC Giandomenico Basso 1-jpg
05 ERC Giandomenico Basso 1-jpg

06 Aloisio Monteiro-jpg
06 Aloisio Monteiro-jpg

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