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ERC Junior López lifted by Sainz backing

ERC Junior López lifted by Sainz backing

13/07/2017 12:00

Pepe López will resume his bid for the inaugural FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship in Poland next month boosted by words of support from rallying legend Carlos Sainz.

Spaniard Sainz drove the Peugeot Rally Academy 208 T16 López campaigns in the ERC during a promotional event for Red Bull in Portugal recently (pictured) and used the opportunity to extend his backing to his younger compatriot, currently three points behind ERC Junior Under 28 leader Marijan Griebel.

“I wish him the very best of luck for the rest of his European Rally Championship programme with the Peugeot Rally Academy,” said Sainz, the two-time world champion.

As well as competing for Peugeot in cross-country events, Sainz is an ambassador of the brand and is mentoring López and team-mate José Suárez in ERC Junior.

Rally Rzeszow in Poland hosts the next ERC Junior round from 3-5 August.

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Szeja brothers in ERC debut

22/07/2017 12:00 - 2017

Brothers Jarek and Marcin Szeja will make their FIA European Rally Championship debuts when Rally Rzeszow hosts the fifth event of the all-action ERC season next month.

Austrian Simon Wagner has become rising star number 23 to sign up for the FIA European Rally Championship’s hugely successful Junior category in 2017 and will contest the upcoming ERC Junior Under 27 rounds in Poland and Czech Republic.

FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship leader Chris Ingram won’t be holding back when it comes to committing big on next month’s Rally Rzeszow.

TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH will use the FIA European Rally Championship to showcase its uprated GT86 CS-R3 to potential customers.

Emerging prospects from the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship will get the chance to prove their talent against a World Rally Championship event-winning driver when Mads Østberg contests Rally Rzeszow in Poland next month (3-5 August).

Nikolay Gryazin will complete his two-event practice rally schedule ahead of his return to FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship action on Rally Rzeszow next month when he competes in Austria this weekend.