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ERC Junior Gryazin displays impressive French rally speed

ERC Junior Gryazin displays impressive French rally speed

11/07/2017 06:00

Nikolay Gryazin made a lasting impression when he warmed up for next month’s Rally Rzeszow – the eagerly anticipated upcoming round of his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship title fight – in France last weekend.

The Russian teenager was fifth overall on Rallye Aveyron Rouergue-Occitanie, having clocked the first of seven top-three stage times, when a puncture dropped him back to P22.

Co-driven by Yaroslav Fedorov in a Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5, Gryazin fought back to finish seventh and earn the rally’s prize for the best jump in the process. Factory Hyundai world championship driver Hayden Paddon finished second to Yoann Bonato.

Rally Rzeszow, run entirely on asphalt stages in Poland, takes place from 3-5 August.

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.