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Avcioğlu up for full ERC bid

Avcioğlu up for full ERC bid

11/04/2018 06:00

Orhan Avcioğlu is planning to contest the remaining rounds of this season’s FIA European Rally Championship after graduating to the series for 2018.

Last year’s FIA Balkan Rally Trophy winner was in the top 20 on the recent Azores Airlines Rallye when a crash put him out on the final morning.

Undeterred, he is set to compete in his ŠKODA Fabia R5 for only the third time when he contests Rally Islas Canarias from 3-5 May.

“We plan to do the full season,” said Avcioğlu. “If we are consistent the plan is to be in the top five by the end of the season.”

Avcioğlu forms part of Germany-based Toksport WRT’s three-car ERC assault. Chris Ingram won the ERC Junior Under 28 category on the Azores Airlines Rallye. Menderes Okur finished fourth in ERC2.

Jan Kopecký, winner of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2013, is relishing the prospect of taking on Alexey Lukyanuk in this season’s Czech title battle.

It proved a successful weekend for several FIA European Rally Championship drivers with notable results in Azores, Czech Republic, Poland, Scotland and Slovenia.

Alexey Lukyanuk’s participation on this weekend’s Czech championship Rallye Šumava Klatovy won’t be a one-off as first reported.

Roland Stengg has chosen the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship for the “competition and coverage” it delivers as he embarks on a two-year European campaign.

Rhys Yates will put the experience he gained on his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship debut to good use when he contests a rally in Scotland this weekend.

Round two of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship is officially underway following yesterday’s launch in Las Palmas.