ERC Junior Experience pupil Pellier is a champion

ERC Junior Experience pupil Pellier is a champion

11/10/2017 06:00

ERC Junior Experience participant Laurent Pellier is the winner of the 208 Rally Cup for 2017 following his third place finish on Rallye Terre des Cardabelles in France last weekend.

Pellier, who follows ERC Junior Under 28 event winner Pepe López as a champion of the highly-competitive one-make category, will be enrolled into the Peugeot Rally Academy for 2018, although full details of his prize have yet to be revealed.

“It’s nice to finish on the podium of any rally but, at the same time, it was important to stay out of trouble on this event,” said Pellier. “I don’t think the fact that I have won the championship has sunk in just yet. There is still the Rallye du Var to come in November. Thank you to everyone at Easy Rally for all the work they have produced over the year. My co-driver Benoit Neyret-Gigot did a first-class job, as well, and I want to thank all those who have helped me. Hard work always ends up paying off.”

Pellier had spent the early part of last week in Latvia participating in the latest ERC Junior Experience training session, which included gravel-driving tuition from Urmo Aava and physical fitness assessment.

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.