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ERC Junior champion Griebel joins Czech heroes at fan gathering

ERC Junior champion Griebel joins Czech heroes at fan gathering

14/02/2017 12:00

Marijan Griebel was a special guest as FIA European Rally Championship competitors met fans at an annual gathering near the city of Zlín, where Czech Republic’s ERC counter will take place in the summer.

Griebel, ERC Junior champion from 2016, was present at the 10th edition of the popular fan event in Želechovice, which appears on the route of Barum Czech Rally Zlín’s Pindula special stage.

After taking part in a question and answer session, Griebel signed autographs and posed for selfies. Double ERC 2WD champion Jan Černý, plus ERC podium finisher Jaromír Tarabus and his co-driver Dániel Trunkat were also present.

With thanks to Petr Linhart. Photo: Josef Petru

José Suárez completed his maiden season of FIA European Rally Championship action by finishing second among the ERC Junior U28 contingent on Rally Liepāja to secure third in the final class reckoning.

Krisóf Klausz’s strong end to the 2017 FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship continued when he finished sixth in class on Rally Liepāja.

Aleks Zawada says there were “a lot of positives” after his bid for the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship – and the 100,000 euros prize fund – ultimately ended in disappointment in Latvia earlier this month.

Kalle Rovanperä says Nikolay Gryazin is the ultimate rival after the talented young guns locked horns on the closing round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship recently.

Jari Huttunen has spoken of his disappointment after losing out on the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 title to Opel team-mate Chris Ingram in a final-round decider in Latvia earlier this month.

Łukasz Habaj wishes his first podium in the FIA European Rally Championship had come in happier circumstances.