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18 SEPTEMBER 2018

FIA ERC JUNIOR UNDER 27 CHAMPIONSHIP PRE-EVENT QUOTES

Round 5 of 6: PZM 75th Rally Poland, 21-23 September
 
DOMINIK BROŽ (CZE)
Co-driver: Petr Těšínský (CZE) Team: ACCR Czech Rally Team Car: PEUGEOT 208 R2
 
“Rally Poland will be new experience for all of us. We were really sad of our home Barum Rally where we ended the race in the fifth corner because of a cracked wheel. So we hope we will have more luck in this competition. The race will be long and hard and we will try to have the best result for us and for our team.”
 
MIIKA HOKKANEN (FIN)
Co-driver: Reeta Hämäläinen (FIN) Team: Saintéloc Junior Team Car: PEUGEOT 208 R2
 
“I’m looking forward to get back onto gravel after various Tarmac events in the ERC, especially as we are heading for Rally Poland with its fast and flowing stages similar to Finland. In this time of year, the weather will also play a big role, whether it will rain or not. Hopefully we can finally get a result we feel reflects our pace after two mechanical retirements in a row.”
 
SEBASTIAN JOHANSSON (SWE)
Co-driver: Jesper Elfver (SWE) Team: JR Motorsport Car: PEUGEOT 208 R2
 
“I’m really looking forward to our first time in Poland. It seems to be a great event and the roads look a bit familiar with the Swedish conditions. This will be a great experience for us. We know that we don’t have the same kilometres in the car as many of the other drivers, but we will take it step by step, do our best and enjoy every second of the rally.”
 
TOM KRISTENSSON (SWE)
Co-driver: Henrik Appelskog (SWE) Team: ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team Car: Opel ADAM R2
 
“Luckily my co-driver Henrik and I had the chance to compete in the last round of the Swedish championship, which was held on gravel, and clinch a class victory. This gave us a perfect opportunity to renew our good feeling on gravel. Rally Poland looks extremely challenging, with fast, tricky gravel roads. I am sure it will be big fun to tackle them in our ADAM R2. As it doesn’t make sense to think about the championship, for us the only goal is to do the best possible job together with our ADAC Opel Rallye Team and enjoy another great event in the ERC Juniors.”
 
EFRÉN LLARENA (ESP)
Co-driver: Sara Fernández (ESP) Team: Rally Team Spain Car: PEUGEOT 208 R2
 
“Rally Poland will be extremely difficult. I saw some videos and it looks so fast. We will do our best and try to win this rally. It’s a very important event for us as it’s our last opportunity to be in the fight for the ERC Junior U27 Championship title. I will try my very best to find a good set-up on the test. We are ready for the war!”
 
CATIE MUNNINGS (GBR)
Co-driver: Anne Katharina Stein (DEU) Team: Saintéloc Junior Team Car: PEUGEOT 208 R2
 
“I’ve not really done any flat out rallies like Poland – I’m used to gravel events like Azores or Cyprus where it’s narrow with lots of corners, whereas Poland will be the complete opposite. I think the rally will be challenging mentally as the R5s could create a lot of ruts, so the recce will be important to read how deep the gravel will be. The weather could play a big difference as well. My preparation has only really just begun after a crash we had on Rallye Mont-Blanc where I hurt my hand, so I think I’ll look at some onboards but it could be a case of driving blind for me. I was quite fast when we did Latvia and I’m making good progress on gravel so let’s see what we can do.”
 
MĀRTIŅŠ SESKS (LVA)
Co-driver: Renārs Francis (LVA) Team: ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team Car: Opel ADAM R2
 
“I am feeling quite happy to be back on gravel, which is the surface that I started my career on. I am trying hard not to think about the championship situation – knowing for sure that things are looking quite good for us. But the main goal for Poland is the same as it was for all other rallies this season: most importantly making it to the finish line without big mistakes. We all know about the high qualities of both the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team and the ADAM R2. So if my co-driver Renārs and myself do a good job everything else will come by itself.”
 
MATTIA VITA (ITA)
Co-driver: Pietro Ometto (ITA) Team: TRT Junior Rally Team Car: PEUGEOT 208 R2
 
“Rally Poland isn’t an event I know too well. I have spent the last few days studying onboards from the previous world championship edition trying to understand what surface I will find. What I can see is that it’s a sandy gravel, which means I’m sure the R5 cars will create big holes in sections of the road which means the two-wheel-drive cars will struggle for traction. I hope the weather will be sunny because considering my minimal gravel experience, a muddy surface would be an added difficulty. I am looking to do my best and continue my improvements as a driver.”
 
KACPER WRÓBLEWSKI (POL)
Co-driver: Jacek Spentany (POL) Team: Rallytechnology Car: PEUGEOT 208 R2
 
“We are very excited to be doing Rally Poland. This year is my first full season in the Polish Rally Championship and we are Polish champions in 2WD so this rally will be pure pleasure for us. My goal is mainly to gain experience and see how close we are to the top ERC Junior U27 drivers, especially as this will be only my third gravel rally in my life. Rally Poland has always been a great event for me. When it was a world championship round and the ERC before that I always went to see it. Now I'm very happy and glad that we have an opportunity to start in it. I am incredibly excited about this fact and hope to finish it and have lots of fun.”

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