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.

Mārtiņš Sesks has regained first place in the FIA European Rally Championship’s Under 27 category on Azores Airlines Rallye, following adjustments to stage times awarded in SS8 and SS9 related to incidents causing delays for multiple drivers.

Tamara Molinaro continues to head the ERC Ladies’ Trophy category on the Azores Airlines Rallye, while Emma Falcón retired with back pain before midday service.

Sergei Remennik has resumed his lead of Azores Airlines Rallye’s FIA European Rally Championship ERC2 category, following an unfortunate retirement for nearest challenger Zelindo Melegari with clutch failure.

Diogo Gago took on the might of ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team’s pair of FIA ERC Junior Under 27 factory drivers on the Azores Airlines Rallye’s Friday stages and succeeded aboard his PEUGEOT 208 R2, moving from third to first over the course of a dramatic multi-way battle.

Chris Ingram and Martin Koči traded places throughout Friday’s Azores Airlines Rallye stages in a tight battle for FIA ERC Junior Under 28 victory.

The Azores Airlines Rallye once again showed why it is such a formidable opening round of the FIA European Rally Championship, but as others hit trouble, Russian Performance Motorsport’s Alexey Lukyanuk held steady out front.