*Move to best four scores a deciding factor for Lukyanuk’s pupil
*Azores, Canarias, Greece and Latvia on Russian driver’s schedule
*Mark Rozin to co-drive Remennik’s familiar Mitsubishi Lancer
Sergei Remennik has signed up for a second season of FIA ERC2 action – and a change to the rules for 2018 was a deciding factor in his decision.
Responding to calls from drivers and teams, FIA European Rally Championship promoter Eurosport Events worked with governing body the FIA to modify the regulations concerning scoring opportunities in the ERC2 category for showroom-based machinery.
Previously drivers could count their best six scores from a possible eight. But feedback from competitors concluded that by allowing drivers to include their best four scores only would lessen costs, reduce the time commitment and ultimately make ERC2 more accessible to more drivers.
“Last year was very difficult in terms of time away from home and work because it was eight events and you must not forget the additional training and testing,” Remennik explained. “So it’s great that the organisers have changed the scoring rules and we will choose the races we like the most, where we can get the best results.”
Remennik, whose Russian Performance Motorsport Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X will continue to be co-driven by compatriot Mark Rozin, is set to tackle the Azores Airlines Rallye, Rally Islas Canarias, the Acropolis Rally in Greece and Rally Liepāja in Latvia as a minimum commitment.
“Since the four best results count towards the standings, we need to have a couple of races in reserve,” said Remennik, who placed third in last season’s ERC2 standings, his first international campaign. “Where else we will go will depend on my job, budgets and how we start the season. Last year we started quite well – we saw that we were quite competitive and fast in the category. If there is an opportunity to compete for the title, it will be seen after the first half of the season. Then it will be already clear whether it is worth to push hard or not.”
Remennik will continue to work with driver coach and ERC event winner Alexey Lukyanuk in 2018, with the pair spending four days training in Rovaniemi, Finland recently where Remennik honed his skills driving on snow and ice. The trip to the Arctic Circle was in preparation for a planned outing on Rallijs Sarma in Latvia on 10 February, a round of the national and Estonian championships.
The Azores Airlines Rallye marks the opening round of the 2018 ERC season from 22-24 March.