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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.

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 planned six-event ERC assault having elected to convert his World Rally Car prize drive into a major European championship campaign.