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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.”

José Suárez completed his maiden season of FIA European Rally Championship action by finishing second among the ERC Junior U28 contingent on Rally Liepāja to secure third in the final class reckoning.

Krisóf Klausz’s strong end to the 2017 FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship continued when he finished sixth in class on Rally Liepāja.

Aleks Zawada says there were “a lot of positives” after his bid for the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship – and the 100,000 euros prize fund – ultimately ended in disappointment in Latvia earlier this month.

Kalle Rovanperä says Nikolay Gryazin is the ultimate rival after the talented young guns locked horns on the closing round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship recently.

Jari Huttunen has spoken of his disappointment after losing out on the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 title to Opel team-mate Chris Ingram in a final-round decider in Latvia earlier this month.

Łukasz Habaj wishes his first podium in the FIA European Rally Championship had come in happier circumstances.