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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.”

Jari Huttunen, who will step up to the FIA World Rally Championship WRC2 category in 2018 after finishing runner-up in the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship this season, has received yet more recognition.

Citroën’s all-new C3 R5 is set to be a contender for honours in 2018 when it will be eligible for the FIA European Rally Championship.

FIA ERC Under 27 Championship frontrunner Filip Mareš was praised after an impressive showing on Rallye du Var last month.

ERC features in new book

12/12/2017 06:00 - 2017

A new book from McKlein, the respected photographic and publishing empire specialising in rallying, features a section on the FIA European Rally Championship.

FIA European Rally Championship ace Alexey Lukyanuk will get a new car and new co-driver for his latest rallying adventure.

Kajetan Kajetanowicz could become only the third motorsport star to win newspaper Przegląd Sportowy’s prestigious Polish Sportsman of the Year award after he was nominated for the first time.