ERC aspirant Ares has a taste for podiums

ERC aspirant Ares has a taste for podiums

04/12/2017 12:00

Iván Ares will be keen on podium finishes if he achieves his objective of competing in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2018.

The Spaniard’s third place on Rally Comunidad de Madrid last month meant he finished on the podium on all 10 rounds of his national championship this season at the wheel of a Hyundai i20 R5.

It was a particularly special podium for Ares and and co-driver José Pintor, who had already secured their domestic title.

A poor tyre compound choice for the opening day left the pair struggling for pace, a problem that was compounded by a 20-second penalty for arriving late to start stage four. With the additional time taken into account the duo languished in P12 before they began their comeback with the fastest time on the very next stage.

On the final day of the rally – and of the season – Ares and Pintor showed the speed that has made them almost unbeatable in the second half of the year, winning sixth out of eight stages to take third overall.

Alexey Lukyanuk’s impromptu alliance with Hugo Magalhães proved to be a big success when they won Rallye de Tierra de Astorga in Spain yesterday.

FIA ERC Junior Under 27 podium finisher Karel Kupec is calling on the rallying community to help his brother Radomír’s ongoing recuperation from serious injuries sustained in a rally crash earlier this year.

Jari Huttunen, who will step up to the FIA World Rally Championship WRC2 category in 2018 after finishing runner-up in the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship this season, has received yet more recognition.

Citroën’s all-new C3 R5 is set to be a contender for honours in 2018 when it will be eligible for the FIA European Rally Championship.

FIA ERC Under 27 Championship frontrunner Filip Mareš was praised after an impressive showing on Rallye du Var last month.

ERC features in new book

12/12/2017 06:00 - 2017

A new book from McKlein, the respected photographic and publishing empire specialising in rallying, features a section on the FIA European Rally Championship.