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28 JULY 2017

RALLY RZESZOW ERC JUNIOR UNDER 28 PRE-EVENT QUOTES

Round 3 of 6: Rally Rzeszow, 3-5 August

JAN ČERNÝ (CZE) Championship position: Tenth
Co-driver: Petr Černohorský (CZE) Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5

“I’ve not been to this rally before so I really don’t know what to expect although I hope it will be similar to the Czech roads, really fast and narrow and really challenging. I’ve been very unlucky on the first two rallies this season so it’s really important to finish and get some points because we are almost last in the standings. But we are in a good position having shown some good speed on some rallies we have done in Czech Republic where I was also happy with my performance. We have a good chance in Poland.”

MARIJAN GRIEBEL (DEU) Championship position: First
Co-driver: Stefan Kopcyzk (DEU) Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5

“Since Rally Islas Canarias I have done one sprint with the Opel ADAM R2, a German championship rally with some guests so no timing and the rally in Luxembourg, which I won, so I have stayed in rally mode and got as much seat time as possible. For Rzeszow I want to keep my lead in ERC Junior U28 and finish with another good result. Canarias was definitely not the kind of stages I like. Although it is my first time in Rzeszow, from what I have seen from my onboard studies, the rally will suit me much better and what I am used to drive in my career so I am quite optimistic to be on the ERC Junior pace during the weekend. For the first time this season I will be able to take part in the Monday test so it will be a good help to me. In fact, August will be incredible for me with three rallies in four weeks (Rally Rzeszow, ADAC Rallye Deutschland and Barum Czech Rally Zlín) so I will give everything to make a good start in Poland.”

NIKOLAY GRYAZIN (RUS) Championship position: Third
Co-driver: Yaroslav Federov (RUS) Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5

“I did Rally Rzeszow last year in a Peugeot 208 R2. I won my class but it was really difficult, fast stages, specific Tarmac, not so smooth but quite okay grip with some tricky places. I have done two rallies in France and Austria since Cyprus. France was okay with the speed but we lost five minutes changing a puncture because it was impossible to lift the car with the jack on the gravel [where we were]. The second day was without problems and we were always with the second or third best stage time. In Austria, there was less grip in a fast section and we crashed into a forest. It was not big damage but we were down from the road. By the time we got the car back to service it was not possible to repair the damage so we could not start the second day. In Poland it will be interesting to compare my times with Alexey [Lukyanuk] and Kajto [Kajetanowicz] to know my speed and my progress. It’s going to be difficult to improve my result in the ERC Junior [standings] but I want to show good speed, stability and to get a good finish.”

TOMASZ KASPERCZYK (POL) Championship position: Eleventh
Co-driver: Damian Syty (POL) Car: Ford Fiesta R5

“The home round of an international series always means a lot for a crew. It brings a lot of emotions, which keep us even more motivated and even more focused on the road to our goals. However, in rallying it is important not to let your head overheat. It is hard to stick to the plan when you let emotions take control. Therefore, we want to tackle the stages of Rally Rzeszow with humility and focused on our tasks. Some say that you have a handicap when you compete in your country. I don’t want to approach Rally Rzeszow like this, because being over-confident does not bring anything good in such an unpredictable sport like rallying. That’s why I think we need to do this event just like every other on the FIA ERC calendar. Before the rally we did some solid, one-day pre-event test. We have decent set-ups for stages around Rzeszów so it was more about switching into Tarmac mode than fiddling with the car. Since Rally Islas Canarias I have done two gravel events in Poland, which went pretty well for us. I did not notice any pace loss after the spectacular end in Gran Canaria.”

PEPE LÓPEZ (ESP) Championship position: Second
Co-driver: Borja Rozada (ESP) Car: Peugeot 208 T16

“We are really looking forward to racing in a new ERC rally. We'll arrive with very good memories after our great performance in Canarias and we will try to keep the pace of the leading drivers of the U28 class in Poland. I believe we are now in good shape and ready to race. We know exactly what we have to do. We have high expectations but we are realistic and this is a complete new rally for us with peculiar roads. So we hope to bring a good result for Peugeot Sport and continue as fast as we have been so far.”

SYLVAIN MICHEL (FRA) Championship position: Fourth
Co-driver: Jérôme Degout (FRA) Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5

“The goal is simple: we are obliged to make a good result. With the team, we will try to confirm the level shown in the Canary Islands. Again, we will discover the course and unfortunately we will not be able to do any tests before the race. It will be necessary to fully exploit the three passages of the Free Practice and the Qualifying Stage before embarking on the first proper stage on Friday morning. One thing is for sure, we are motivated to give everything and be at the forefront of the ERC Junior U28 category.”

JOSH MOFFETT (IRL) Championship position: Fifth
Co-driver: James Fulton (IRL) Car: Ford Fiesta R5

“Having never done this rally before I’ll be relying on YouTube to get a feel for the stages so it’s good the event was in the ERC last year. From what I’ve seen it looks a bit similar to a rally I did in Belgium. Since the Azores I’ve done quite a few rallies back home in Ireland but I had a big accident on the Monaghan Stages in April so I’ve missed a few rallies and it’s taken me a bit of time to get my confidence back. But I did a rally in Sligo last weekend and I was back on the pace and I’ve got a test in Poland on Monday.”

JOSÉ SUÁREZ (ESP) Championship position: Sixth
Co-driver: Cándido Carrera (ESP) Car: Peugeot 208 T16

“After having problems in the first two races, the crash in Azores and technical problems in Canarias, we really want to be back on track again, and be as fast as we can. We know we deserve a good result and we will work to accomplish it. We are fast enough to fight for the U28 podium in every race, so we will push hard. We wish we can have a good result in Poland.”

ENDS

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ERC Josh Moffett

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ERC Sylvain Michel

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