ERC Ladies’ Trophy winner Falcón gets R5 chance
Emma Falcón will take advantage of the experience she gained winning the ERC Ladies’ Trophy when she steps up to R5 power in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2019.
The Canary Islander beat Catie Munnings to the ERC Ladies’ Trophy title on a final-round decider in Latvia earlier this month, while her performances during the season were good enough for fifth place in the ERC3 classification.
“Next season we will run with a Citroën C3 R5,” said Falcón, who has campaigned the French make’s DS3 R3T since 2016. “It will be a new challenge that I am impatient to face. Many thanks to all my sponsors, without them it would be impossible.”
Although Falcón will focus on the Spanish championship in 2019 with a planned programme of three events on asphalt and three on gravel as she adapts to her new car and the increased power, she is also aiming to contest two ERC rounds, including her home event, Rally Islas Canarias.
“Next year I will be in the Spanish championship to get a good rhythm with the R5 car,” she said. “I hope to be in one or two ERC rallies with my new car and in 2020 I hope to be back to the European championship [full time].”
Falcón has secured significant backing from Citroën Las Palmas for her campaign, plus the support of the Canary Islands government, including the President, Fernando Clavijo (pictured left), and J. Francisco Perez, General Director of Sports (pictured right).