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Eyvind Brynildsen

Date of birth : 14/01/1988

Who is he? A regular in the world championship’s second tier for several seasons, Brynildsen is making his third start in this year’s following impressive – but luckless – showings on Rally Islas Canarias and the Acropolis Rally in Greece.

Why the change? “The ERC is the best for me at the moment,” says Brynildsen. “It’s a championship with some of the best rallies of the year and the best fans and a championship I was very keen to try out after nearly 50 starts in the WRC.”

Duty called: Upon announcing his ERC campaign, Bynildsen revealed he would have contested season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye had it not been for a new addition to the family. “My wife gave birth to our third child.”

Plenty to learn: The 30-year-old’s switch to the ERC will put him on a learning curve in terms of untried events, not that he’s fazed by the prospect. “I’m maybe not young and promising anymore, only promising! I have done quite a few rallies in my career and for many years I drove a truck and trailer in our family business, so my memory for roads is not too bad. I like the challenge with new rallies and it just motivates me to prepare myself better than anyone else.”

Replacement co-driver: With Veronica Engan – who partnered Brynildsen on the Acropolis Rally in June – unavailable for Rally Liepāja, experienced Austrian Ilka Minor was recruited to co-drive. Unfortunately, a late challenge for the podium ended in a dramatic accident from which both crew emerged unscathed.

Azores Airlines Rallye: DNE
Rally Islas Canarias: 9
EKO Acropolis Rally: 4
Cyprus Rally: DNE
Rally di Roma Capitale: DNE
Barum Czech Rally Zlín: DNE
Rally Poland: DNE
Rally Liepāja: DNF (accident)