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Marijan Griebel

Date of birth : 08/05/1989

Who is he? A serving police officer, Griebel underlined his ability by claiming the 2017 FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship for R5 cars, one season after taking the R2-based version.

Progress calls: Griebel won the Germany-based ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Cup in 2013 before graduating to ERC Junior with Opel the following season.

Team-mate tussle: He became ERC Junior champion in 2016, beating fellow Opel Rallye Junior Team driver Chris Ingram in a dramatic season showdown in Latvia. That success underlined his status as Germany’s big hope for the future and earned him the prize of a drive in an R5 car on the Cyprus Rally that October.

Opportunity knocks: Griebel made the most of the opportunity with a stunning second overall despite limited experience of the Motorsport Italia ŠKODA Fabia R5 he was using. The result energised Griebel and his backers – including former European champion Armin Kremer  – to find the funds to step up to ERC1 and the new-for-2017 ERC Junior U28 category with Baumschlager Rallye & Racing.

Wise move: It proved a hugely successful move with Griebel securing title glory on Barum Czech Rally Zlín with two rounds remaining.

Busy year: Griebel, whose father used to mechanic Armin Kremer, will combine a German championship campaign backed by the country’s PEUGEOT importer and a selection of international events, including the ERC-counting Azores Airlines Rallye and the world championship ADAC Rallye Deutschland in a World Rally Car, his prize for winning the ERC Junior Under 28 crown in 2017.

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