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ACI Team Italia to back three young talents in ERC

ACI Team Italia to back three young talents in ERC

10/07/2017 06:00

The Automobile Club d’Italia, in partnership with the Motorsport Italia team, has become the latest national federation to invest in an FIA European Rally Championship campaign.

Under the ACI Team Italia umbrella, it will provide three young talents selected by ACI Sport with the opportunity to tackle a round of the ERC in a Toyota GT86 CS-R3.

Luca Bottarelli will contest Rally Rzeszow in Poland from 3-5 August, Riccardo Canzian will get his chance on Barum Czech Rally Zlín (25-27 August), while Gianandrea Pisani’s turn will come on Rally de Roma Capitale from 15-17 September.

ACI Team Italia stated: “It is a great opportunity for young drivers to improve and implement their experience in a Toyota GT86 CS-R3 with technical support from Motorsport Italia. While the financial support from the federation is important, we also have to thank Toyota’s promotion and Pirelli’s support.”

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “ACI Team Italia’s announcement is more good news for the ERC and for young prospects hoping for the chance to prove their talent in a prestigious and long-established international championship. We will follow the progress of Luca, Riccardo and Gianandrea closely and hope they will be able to convert their one-off drives into full ERC campaigns in 2018.”

The ACI becomes the fifth federation to support a young driver development programme in the ERC this year with ACCR (Czech Republic), ADAC (Germany), EASU (Estonia) and RFEDA (Spain) all investing in activities in ERC Junior, which provides a clear ladder of progression from national to international level.

Starting out by completing the ERC Junior Experience training programme, drivers progress to the ERC Junior Under 27 Championship for competitors in R2 cars using Pirelli tyres. The champion receives 100,000 Euros to use for an ERC Junior Under 28 campaign the following season, when drivers step up to R5 machinery, with the winner handed a drive in a World Rally Car on a European round of the world championship the next year, thereby giving them the opportunity to showcase their talent on a global stage.

Established in 1953, the ERC is made up of eight events on gravel and asphalt. Cost-cutting measures limit scoring opportunities while helping to ensure strong competition. Extensive television coverage and social media activation are among the many benefits on offer to ERC participants.

ACI Team Italia trio Bottarelli, Canzian and Pisani are pictured from left to right.

Pepe López plans to end his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship campaign in style as be bids to secure the coveted runner-up spot behind inaugural champion Marijan Griebel.

Catie Munnings continued her scoring run in the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship on Rally di Roma Capitale last week. This is how the 19-year-old Peugeot 208 driver did it.

FIA European Rally Championship drivers have described Rally di Roma Capitale as one of the events of the season following its scheduling as the penultimate event of the current campaign last week (14-17 September).

Magalhães going for ERC gold

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Bruno Magalhães is doing all he can to secure his entry on the decisive round of this season’s FIA European Rally Championship, next month’s Rally Liepāja in Latvia.

Kristóf Klausz achieved his objectives on the penultimate event of the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championhip season, Rally di Roma Capitale.

Kajetan Kajetanowicz had plenty of reason to celebrate at the finish of Rally di Roma Capitale – despite losing out on victory on the FIA European Rally Championship counter by 0.3s.