MAKE THAT AN ERC TRIPLE: ADAC OPEL RALLYE JUNIOR TEAM SCORES BIG IN POLAND
As well as guiding Tom Kristensson to the class win on PZM Rally Poland and celebrating Mārtiņš Sesks’ FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship title triumph*, the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team can no longer be caught in the race to win the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams*. Click for full story.
ŠKODA POLSKA’S MARCZYK SHINES ON ERC JUNIOR U28 DEBUT
Miko Marczyk used the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship counter in Poland to underline his status as a future star. The 22-year-old was making his European debut in the category for young drivers in R5 cars in a ŠKODA Polska Motorsport Fabia R5. Click for full story.
LLARENA: POLAND ERC DEBUT MY BEST DRIVE
Rally Team Spain’s Efrén Llarena reckoned his run to second in FIA ERC Junior Under 27 on PZM Rally Poland was his best drive so far. Llarena needed to win his class to stand any chance of claiming the Pirelli-backed title on the season-closing Rally Liepāja. Although he won leg two, it wasn’t enough to prevent Tom Kristensson from claiming victory as their private battle effectively ensured Mārtiņš Sesks was crowned champion*, due to the fact they both came up one point short of being able to still challenge for the title. However, Llarena still impressed on his first high-speed gravel rally. Click for full story.
PIRELLI CELEBRATES ERC TITLE QUADRUPLE
Pirelli’s Head of Car Racing, Mario Isola, has said Alexey Lukyanuk’s FIA European Rally Championship title triumph* is testament to the company’s ability to produce tyres capable of winning on asphalt and gravel. Lukyanuk’s maiden ERC crown* was Pirelli’s fourth in as many years and follows Kajetan Kajetanowicz’s trio of title successes. Click for full story.
SATISFIED ERC JUNIOR MAREŠ FIFTH ON R5 GRAVEL DEBUT
Filip Mareš declared himself “satisfied” after he placed fifth in FIA ERC Junior Under 28 on PZM Rally Poland – his first start in an R5 car on gravel. The ACCR Czech Rally Team ace, an ERC Junior Under 27 graduate, overcame several challenges – including a front-right damper issue on Sunday – and showed progress throughout in the ŠKODA Fabia R5 he shares with co-driver Jan Hloušek. Click for full story.
PELLIER BOUNCES BACK IN THE ERC
Laurent Pellier bounced back from his Saturday exit to finish seventh in class on Poland’s round of the FIA European Rally Championship. Pellier retired from leg one with radiator damage but returned on Sunday’s closing leg following repairs by his PEUGEOT Rally Academy mechanics and claimed seventh place in the ERC Junior Under 28 category for young stars in R5 cars. Click for full story.
KREIM OVERCOMES LACK OF GRAVEL RUNS TO MAINTAIN ERC JUNIOR U28 TITLE BID
Fabian Kreim belied his lack of gravel-driving experience to keep in the fight for the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship crown with third place in class when PZM Rally Poland hosted the category. Kreim, the double German champion, had topped the standings from Rally Islas Canarias in May, but slipped to third in the table after finishing behind title rivals Nikolay Gryazin and Chris Ingram in Mikołajki, the ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland driver’s third start on gravel since 2016. Click for full story.
ERC’S HERCZIG GOES FROM GARDENER TO CLEANER
MOL Racing Team’s Norbert Herczig completed his six-event FIA European Rally Championship campaign with his fourth top-10 finish of the season on PZM Rally Poland. But it was an eventful outing for the four-time Hungarian champion, who turned 43 on the opening day of the Mikołajki event, which he celebrated with the second fastest time on the first special stage. Click for full story.
ALL-SQUARE IN ERC LADIES’ TROPHY BATTLE
The battle for the ERC Ladies’ Trophy will be decided on the final round of the FIA European Rally Championship in Latvia next month. After seven events, Emma Falcón and Catie Munnings are equal on 275 points when dropped scores are taken into account. Click for full story.
*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA
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