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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.”

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.