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Castrol Ford Team Turkey set for ERC hat-trick bid

Castrol Ford Team Turkey set for ERC hat-trick bid

13/11/2017 12:00

Castrol Ford Team Turkey’s run of success in the FIA European Rally Championship is set to continue in 2018 when the Istanbul squad embarks on its third successive ERC campaign.

After claiming the ERC3 teams’ award in 2016, Castrol Ford Team Turkey achieved even more success this season when it won the revamped FIA European Rally Championship for Teams in a final-round decider on Rally Liepāja last month. Now a continued ERC presence has been targeted.

Speaking following the Latvian event, team principal Serdar Bostanci said: “We have a three-year programme, last year, this year and next year with plenty of titles so thank you to my sponsors.”

It’s 25 days until the Azores Airlines Rallye opens the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship on 22 March. Here’s an update of what’s in store on the all-gravel spectacular in the mid-Atlantic Ocean.

Aloísio Monteiro will drive a ŠKODA Fabia R5 in the upcoming FIA European Rally Championship – and ERC ace Bruno Magalhães has been showing him the ropes.

Armindo Araújo, who will contest next month’s FIA European Rally Championship season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye, claimed a top-five finish on his return to competition following a lengthy absence.

Catie Munnings is targeting yet more progress when she embarks on her second FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship campaign in 2018.

Jari Huttunen impressed on his first outing in this season’s FIA World Rally Championship, taking two class stage wins and finishing sixth in his division on Rally Sweden last weekend.

Ricardo Moura has laid down the gauntlet to the FIA European Rally Championship title contenders by winning round one of the Portuguese national series yesterday (Sunday).