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Birdman achieves new heights in ERC

Birdman achieves new heights in ERC

13/04/2018 06:00

Hubert Ptaszek, the driver known as Birdman based on a rough English translation of his surname, achieved new heights on his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship debut last month.

Although his challenge was undone by an administrative issue that kept him out of Friday’s action, the Pole responded by scoring his first outright stage win courtesy of his quickest time through the Grupo Marques spectator stage on the Azores Airlines Rallye’s final leg.

“We were setting some good times and it was nice to win my first overall stage for the first time in my life because it was not easy to catch the World Rally Cars when I was in WRC2,” said Ptaszek, who is competing in a Tagai Racing Technology ŠKODA Fabia R5. “That stage was for my dad because I know he’s sitting in the company thinking ‘what’s happened, what’s happened’ but now we win.”

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.