ERC Junior López: Rallies can be tricky

ERC Junior López: Rallies can be tricky

09/10/2017 18:00

Pepe López has spoken about the accident that put him out of the fight for an FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship podium on Rally Liepāja yesterday morning.

López was in a close battle with Peugeot Rally Academy team-mate and fellow Spaniard José Suárez when he crashed into retirement on the day’s opening stage.

“This is how tricky the rallies can be,” he said. “You go through lots of dangerous corners without problem, but then in a slow one it can happen the unexpected. We hit a stake that was inside a corner, broke the steering and we run straight off the road, falling in the ditch and rolling over several times. I’m sorry for the team. They did such a great job I wanted to aim high in this race.”

While López suffered a premature exit, Suárez finished second behind Nikolay Gryazin to secure third place in the final standings behind the Russian.

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.