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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.

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Aloísio Monteiro will drive a ŠKODA Fabia R5 in the upcoming FIA European Rally Championship – and ERC ace Bruno Magalhães has been showing him the ropes.

Armindo Araújo, who will contest next month’s FIA European Rally Championship season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye, claimed a top-five finish on his return to competition following a lengthy absence.

Catie Munnings is targeting yet more progress when she embarks on her second FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship campaign in 2018.

Jari Huttunen impressed on his first outing in this season’s FIA World Rally Championship, taking two class stage wins and finishing sixth in his division on Rally Sweden last weekend.

Ricardo Moura has laid down the gauntlet to the FIA European Rally Championship title contenders by winning round one of the Portuguese national series yesterday (Sunday).