ERC 2016: the Qualifying Stage winners

ERC 2016: the Qualifying Stage winners

27/12/2016 12:00

The 2016 FIA European Rally Championship provided drama and action aplenty. Here’s a recap of who won the 10 Qualifying Stages to take place during the course of the year.

Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés: Mads Østberg (Ford Fiesta R5, pictured)
Circuit of Ireland: Elfyn Evans (Ford Fiesta R5)
SEAJETS Acropolis Rally: Kajetan Kajetanowicz (Ford Fiesta R5)
Azores Airlines Rallye: Alexey Lukyanuk (Ford Fiesta R5)
Kenotek Ypres Rally: Bryan Bouffier (Citroën DS3 R5)
auto24 Rally Estonia: Alexey Lukyanuk (Ford Fiesta R5)
Rally Rzeszow: Kajetan Kajetanowicz (Ford Fiesta R5)
Barum Czech Rally Zlín: Alexey Lukyanuk (Ford Fiesta R5)
Rally Liepāja: Alexey Lukyanuk (Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X)
CNP ASFALISTIKI Cyprus Rally: Alexey Lukyanuk (Ford Fiesta R5)

Giandomenico Basso bettered his runner-up spot in 2005 to claim the FIA European Rally Championship in ’06, still with co-driver Mitia Dotta but this time in an Abarth Grande Punto S2000.

Three drivers who achieved career lift-off by shining brightly in the FIA European Rally Championship have been marked out as ones to watch in 2017 by respected French motorsport magazine AUTOhebdo.

Competitors in the FIA European Rally Championship will once again go up against leading runners from Portugal’s domestic series when the Azores Airlines Rallye takes place from 30 March-1 April.

A number of drivers with FIA European Rally Championship experience will be in action when Rallye Monte-Carlo gets underway this evening.

Rally Islas Canarias will celebrate two notable firsts when it takes place from 4-6 May.

FIA European Rally Championship event-winning co-driver Xavier Panseri was described as “amazing” after he guided Mohamed Abu Issa to P10 on the demanding Dakar Rally in South America recently.