Exciting ERC Junior Under 28 takes shape

Exciting ERC Junior Under 28 takes shape

15/02/2018 18:00

Some of the best young drivers in international rallying will battle for glory – and a significant prize drive – in the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship this season.

Fabian Kreim (pictured), Pierre-Louis Loubet, Laurent Pellier and Frank Tore Larsen have all signed up for 2018 with several other rising talents – including ERC Junior Under 27 champion Chris Ingram – waiting to announce their programmes and prove their talent.

And to underline the competitive nature of ERC Junior U28 in 2018, Kreim, Loubet, Pellier and Larsen will represent four different car makes with Kriem ŠKODA Fabia R5-mounted, Loubet piloting a Hyundai i20 R5, Pellier competing in a Peugeot 208 T16 and Larsen at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R5.

ERC Junior Under 28 is for young drivers in R5 cars and takes place over six events – three on asphalt and three on gravel – with the best four scores counting. The winner will receive a prize drive in a World Rally Car on a European round of the world championship in 2019.

Ingram, meanwhile, is guaranteed two ERC Junior U28 starts as his prize for winning the R2-based 2017 ERC Junior Under 27 crown. It is hoped he will be able to finalise a full-season campaign.

The Azores Airlines Rallye opens the ERC Junior Under 28 season from 22-24 March.

Mārtiņš Sesks has regained first place in the FIA European Rally Championship’s Under 27 category on Azores Airlines Rallye, following adjustments to stage times awarded in SS8 and SS9 related to incidents causing delays for multiple drivers.

Tamara Molinaro continues to head the ERC Ladies’ Trophy category on the Azores Airlines Rallye, while Emma Falcón retired with back pain before midday service.

Sergei Remennik has resumed his lead of Azores Airlines Rallye’s FIA European Rally Championship ERC2 category, following an unfortunate retirement for nearest challenger Zelindo Melegari with clutch failure.

Diogo Gago took on the might of ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team’s pair of FIA ERC Junior Under 27 factory drivers on the Azores Airlines Rallye’s Friday stages and succeeded aboard his PEUGEOT 208 R2, moving from third to first over the course of a dramatic multi-way battle.

Chris Ingram and Martin Koči traded places throughout Friday’s Azores Airlines Rallye stages in a tight battle for FIA ERC Junior Under 28 victory.

The Azores Airlines Rallye once again showed why it is such a formidable opening round of the FIA European Rally Championship, but as others hit trouble, Russian Performance Motorsport’s Alexey Lukyanuk held steady out front.