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Bostanci and Bunaz test to be best in ERC

Bostanci and Bunaz test to be best in ERC

17/02/2017 06:00

Murat Bostanci and Bugra Bunaz began their preparations for this season’s FIA European Rally Championship with a test for Castrol Ford Team Turkey in Istanbul yesterday (Thursday).

Each driver completed approximately 100 kilometres and spent time trying out various set-ups. Bostanci was at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R5 with Bunaz driving a Fiesta R2. An engineer from M-Sport, the company behind both cars, was present.

Bostanci revealed late last season his desire to step up to R5 machinery in 2017 although details of his programme won’t be revealed until early next month when Bunaz’s plans for the upcoming season will also be announced.

Castrol Ford Team Turkey head Serdar Bostanci said: “We are making the final touches to our 2017 ERC schedule as well as technical programme. This year the championship is quite challenging, especially logistically. We are trying to come up with a good calendar of events to be as competitive as we can in our first year.”

José Suárez completed his maiden season of FIA European Rally Championship action by finishing second among the ERC Junior U28 contingent on Rally Liepāja to secure third in the final class reckoning.

Krisóf Klausz’s strong end to the 2017 FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship continued when he finished sixth in class on Rally Liepāja.

Aleks Zawada says there were “a lot of positives” after his bid for the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship – and the 100,000 euros prize fund – ultimately ended in disappointment in Latvia earlier this month.

Kalle Rovanperä says Nikolay Gryazin is the ultimate rival after the talented young guns locked horns on the closing round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship recently.

Jari Huttunen has spoken of his disappointment after losing out on the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 title to Opel team-mate Chris Ingram in a final-round decider in Latvia earlier this month.

Łukasz Habaj wishes his first podium in the FIA European Rally Championship had come in happier circumstances.