Q&A with Vasily Gryazin
Having finished a blistering fifth in ERC Junior on the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally, Russian youngster Vasily Gryazin says he’s out to win the class on SATA Rallye Açores in his Peugeot 208 R2. FIAERC.com caught up with the Sports Racing Technologies driver before he flies off to the mid-Atlantic island of São Miguel.
You beat many powerful four-wheel drive cars to finish second on the Rally Masters Show in Moscow. How hard did you push your Peugeot and can a 208 R2 be driven any faster?
“The Rally Masters Show was not very easy, as my brother and I fought to the limit! So, I think for my Peugeot 208 R2 to go any faster is not possible! My brother used to do touring car races and he knows very well this way – we were driving to the limit!”
How much of a confidence boost does a performance like that give you, ahead of the next round of the ERC?
“In the Azores I will try to push to the maximum. I feel very confident before the start of this rally. We will be serious contenders! I think we are well prepared for this rally.”
What are you most looking forward to in the remaining rounds of ERC Juniors?
“On the remaining stages I’m really looking forward to Rallye Açores. I did the rally last year and I have very good experience.”