ERC GRADUATES ARE ACE ON ICE
The top seven finishers on Rally Sweden, including winner Thierry Neuville, runner-up Craig Breen (pictured right with co-driver Scott Martin) and third-placed Andreas Mikkelsen, are all graduates of the FIA European Rally Championship. In fact, only two drivers that reached yesterday’s finish in the top 10 had no previous ERC event experience, such is the championship’s hugely successful role in helping to develop drivers from national competition to the world stage. Click here for full story.
EXCITING ERC JUNIOR UNDER 28 TAKES SHAPE
Some of the best young drivers in international rallying will battle for glory – and a significant prize drive – in the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship this season. Fabian Kreim (pictured), Pierre-Louis Loubet, Laurent Pellier and Frank Tore Larsen have all signed up for 2018 with several other rising talents – including ERC Junior Under 27 champion Chris Ingram – waiting to announce their programmes and prove their talent. And to underline the competitive nature of ERC Junior U28 in 2018, Kreim, Loubet, Pellier and Larsen will represent four different car makes with Kriem ŠKODA Fabia R5-mounted, Loubet piloting a Hyundai i20 R5, Pellier competing in a Peugeot 208 T16 and Larsen at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R5. Click here for full story.
LOUBET FOLLOWS EUROPEAN TITLE-WINNING FATHER WITH ERC GLORY BID
Pierre-Louis Loubet will follow in the wheel tracks of father Yves when he chases FIA European Rally Championship success in 2018 – almost 30 years since Loubet Sr claimed the prestigious title. Yves Loubet took ERC gold in 1989 driving a Lancia Delta Integrale. Loubet Jr, meanwhile, will have a BRC Racing Team Hyundai i20 R5 at his disposal for his European championship campaign, which begins on the gravel-based Azores Airlines Rallye from 22-24 March. Click here for full story.
AWESOME SETE CIDADES ON ERC AZORES AIRLINES RALLYE SCHEDULE
One of the world’s most iconic – and challenging – stages will once again play a starring role when the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship gets underway on the Azores Airlines Rallye next month. A blast along the rim of a volcanic crater lake the undoubted highlight, Sete Cidades covers a distance of 23.87 kilometres and will be used twice on Friday 23 March. The first visit will count as stage six at 11h42 local time with the return forming stage nine and the final test of leg one at 15h44. The full itinerary and entry details are available by clicking here. And here’s a reminder of the challenge in store on Sete Cidades. Click here for full story.
PAPP’S BACK FOR ÉRDI JR IN THE ERC
György Papp will continue to co-drive Tibor Érdi Jr in the FIA European Rally Championship, his team has confirmed. Érdi Jr revealed last month that he plans to defend the ERC2 title he won alongside Papp in 2017. An Érdi Rallye Team spokesperson has now confirmed the driver line-up will remain unchanged during the upcoming ERC season when the Hungarians are expected to tackle five rounds of the all-action series in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X. Click here for full story.