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ERC Junior Griebel in car switch for warm-up rally

ERC Junior Griebel in car switch for warm-up rally

07/07/2017 12:00

Marijan Griebel will try a Hyundai i20 R5 for size when he contests Rallye Lëtzebuerg in Luxembourg from 14-15 July, part of his preparations for the all-asphalt FIA European Rally Championship counters in Poland and Czech Republic next month.

The FIA ERC Junior Under 28 leader is better known for his exploits in a ŠKODA Fabia R5 but has been invited to drive the Korean machine, which is being supported by CB Events Racing and Hyundai Belgium-Luxembourg and co-driven by Luxembourg’s Johny Blom.

“I am very happy about the success of this project and I would like to thank my co-driver Johny Blom for his many years of support and the fact that we can compete for this rally – I cannot wait to share the cockpit with him,” said Griebel, whose regular navigator Stefan Kopczyk has stood down for the occasion.

Griebel won’t get to sample the Hyundai until the event shakedown, while his ERC Junior Under 28 title rival Pepe López is also competing on Rallye Lëtzebuerg in his familiar Peugeot 208 T16.

Filip Mareš has earned the support of one of Czech Republic’s best ever rally drivers following his impressive maiden season in the FIA European Rally Championship.

Romain Dumas is swapping the stages of the FIA European Rally Championship for the 6.120-kilometre Circuito da Guia, venue of this week’s FIA GT World Cup.

Dávid Botka continued his strong end-of-season run with fifth place on Rallye Waldviertel in Austria last weekend.

Castrol Ford Team Turkey’s run of success in the FIA European Rally Championship is set to continue in 2018 when the Istanbul squad embarks on its third successive ERC campaign.

Julian Wagner had not one but three reasons to celebrate at the finish of Rallye Waldviertel on Saturday evening.

Raimund Baumschlager, who guided Marijan Griebel to the inaugural FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship crown this season, has extended his record-breaking tally of Austrian rally titles to 14 following his success on Rallye Waldviertel today.