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ERC Junior highs and lows for Kupec brothers

ERC Junior highs and lows for Kupec brothers

12/08/2017 18:00

Brothers Karel and Radomír Kupec experienced differing fortunes when they went head to head in the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship for the first time on Rally Rzeszow in Poland earlier this month.

While Karel Kupec finished a strong fourth, his younger sibling Radomír rolled into retirement on his category debut.

“On the third stage I was a little too optimistic in one corner,” said Radomír Kupec. “It was very slow but there was a drop of 1.5 metres and we rolled. The damage was not so bad and we could have continued but there was a problem with the brakes.”

Karel Kupec said: “It was a difficult rally, a little bit crazy. The first day was not very good with the stage cancellations and then I had a technical problem on stage four. We tried to fight [on the second day] and it was okay, fourth place is not bad although I need more points to be on the final podium.”

Alexey Lukyanuk’s impromptu alliance with Hugo Magalhães proved to be a big success when they won Rallye de Tierra de Astorga in Spain yesterday.

FIA ERC Junior Under 27 podium finisher Karel Kupec is calling on the rallying community to help his brother Radomír’s ongoing recuperation from serious injuries sustained in a rally crash earlier this year.

Jari Huttunen, who will step up to the FIA World Rally Championship WRC2 category in 2018 after finishing runner-up in the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship this season, has received yet more recognition.

Citroën’s all-new C3 R5 is set to be a contender for honours in 2018 when it will be eligible for the FIA European Rally Championship.

FIA ERC Under 27 Championship frontrunner Filip Mareš was praised after an impressive showing on Rallye du Var last month.

ERC features in new book

12/12/2017 06:00 - 2017

A new book from McKlein, the respected photographic and publishing empire specialising in rallying, features a section on the FIA European Rally Championship.