Briton Yates up for ERC adventure

Briton Yates up for ERC adventure

08/03/2018 06:00

Rhys Yates will make his FIA European Rally Championship debut on the Azores Airlines Rallye later this month.

A frontrunner in the British championship, Yates has registered for ERC Junior Under 28 – the category for young stars in R5 cars – and is contemplating at least one more appearance in the series this season – July’s Rally di Roma Capitale – in a ŠKODA Fabia R5.

“Throughout my rallying career and even when I was contesting the British Moto X championship, I have always wanted to be as progressive as possible and learn as I go, so I really wanted to take everything one step at a time,” said the 25-year-old, who placed fourth in his domestic standings last season.

“We did things the right way by starting in a Suzuki Swift, then an R2 Fiesta before moving up to four-wheel drive. Now I feel the time is right to chase down a title and I think the British championship could be in reach this year. But I want to try some ERC rounds too as the R5 competition is mega on those events so it will give us a great benchmark to measure against during the year. If the Azores goes well, we will have to see about contesting a few more than just Rome.”

The Azores Airlines Rallye takes place from 22-24 March. As well as counting for overall European championship points, the event is the first of six events that count towards ERC Junior Under 28.

Mārtiņš Sesks has regained first place in the FIA European Rally Championship’s Under 27 category on Azores Airlines Rallye, following adjustments to stage times awarded in SS8 and SS9 related to incidents causing delays for multiple drivers.

Tamara Molinaro continues to head the ERC Ladies’ Trophy category on the Azores Airlines Rallye, while Emma Falcón retired with back pain before midday service.

Sergei Remennik has resumed his lead of Azores Airlines Rallye’s FIA European Rally Championship ERC2 category, following an unfortunate retirement for nearest challenger Zelindo Melegari with clutch failure.

Diogo Gago took on the might of ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team’s pair of FIA ERC Junior Under 27 factory drivers on the Azores Airlines Rallye’s Friday stages and succeeded aboard his PEUGEOT 208 R2, moving from third to first over the course of a dramatic multi-way battle.

Chris Ingram and Martin Koči traded places throughout Friday’s Azores Airlines Rallye stages in a tight battle for FIA ERC Junior Under 28 victory.

The Azores Airlines Rallye once again showed why it is such a formidable opening round of the FIA European Rally Championship, but as others hit trouble, Russian Performance Motorsport’s Alexey Lukyanuk held steady out front.