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ERC 2016: the rally winners

ERC 2016: the rally winners

26/12/2016 12:00

As 2016 draws to a close here’s a reminder of the FIA European Rally Championship event winners during the season past.

Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés: Lukyanuk/Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5)
Circuit of Ireland Rally: Breen/Martin (Citroën DS3 R5, pictured)
SEAJETS Acropolis Rally: Sirmacis/Šimins (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
Azores Airlines Rallye: Moura/Costa (Ford Fiesta R5)
Kenotek Ypres Rally: Loix/Gitsels (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
auto24 Rally Estonia: Sirmacis/Kulšs (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
Rally Rzeszow: Kajetanowicz/Baran (Ford Fiesta R5)
Barum Czech Rally Zlín: Kopecký/Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
Rally Liepāja: Sirmacis/Šimins (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
CNP ASFALISTIKI Cyprus Rally: Lukyanuk/Arnautov (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.