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Big boost for former ERC Junior champion Bergkvist

Big boost for former ERC Junior champion Bergkvist

09/01/2017 12:00

The FIA ERC Junior Championship’s position as the ultimate training ground for future stars of world rallying has once again been highlighted with confirmation of former champion Emil Bergkvist landing a WRC2 drive and testing opportunities with Citroën in 2017.

Co-driven by fellow Sweden Joakim Sjöberg, Bergkivst will campaign a J-Motorsport-run Citroën DS3 R5 in WRC2 in addition to an unspecified testing programme with Citroën Racing and selected Belgian championship evens.

“It is the second year we are driving for J-Motorsport, and it is the first time we run two seasons together with a team,” said Bergkvist. “So it feels good to get into a season and be familiar with all of the team, mechanics and the car. The car has also been developed, which feels good. “Our goal is to be the best Citroën in every race and fight for podium finishes WRC2. But most important is to finish every rally.”

Driving for Opel, Bergkvist followed Stéphane Lefebvre by winning the ERC Junior title, a feat he achieved in 2015.

Laurent Pellier is on an exciting learning curve in Czech Republic this week – thanks to the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC Junior Experience.

Radomír Kupec admits he won’t be as prepared as he would like to be for his Barum Czech Rally Zlín debut this week.

Jan Kopecký, the winner of the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship, is returning to the series that helped to make him a star when Barum Czech Rally Zlín gets underway on Friday.

Marijan Griebel is already in “race mode” heading to Barum Czech Rally Zlín when he will continue his pursuit for his dream prize drive.

Alexey Lukyanuk has vowed to pay more attention to his pacenotes when reconnaissance for round six of the FIA European Rally Championship begins in Zlín tomorrow morning (Wednesday).

Tibor Érdi Jr has issued a warning to his FIA ERC2 rival Zelindo Melegari ahead of Barum Czech Rally Zlín.