Impressive ERC1 Junior debut for Japan's Arai
Hiroki Arai began his FIA ERC1 Junior Championship campaign with a promising fifth in class and eighth overall on Rally Liepāja.
And to underline the significance of the result it was Arai’s debut on the high-speed Latvian event, his first outing in a Citroën C3 R5, his first rally with co-driver Ilka Minor and his first event with Yokohama’s new tyres.
“Considering everything was new this result is not so bad,” said the STARD development driver. “We can improve a lot more in the future but we were making progress and getting as much information as possible.
“I had one overshoot in a junction and stalled the engine then on Sunday morning the car was always in stage mode and you couldn’t turn it off because of a connection problem. But I am happy.”