ERC moments that made… #1: Juan Carlos Alonso
Juan Carlos Alonso will forever be remembered for his capture of the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 title in Cyprus last season alongside co-driver Juan Pablo Monasterolo. Here are five moments that made the ace Argentine.
Strong return: Alonso had been absent from the ERC for two seasons but returned in style with a class win on the 2018 season-opening Azores Rallye.
Bouncing back: After consecutive retirements on Rally Islas Canarias and the EKO Acropolis Rally in 2018, Alonso hit back with a category podium in Cyprus that season.
Hoping for a lucky break: Having endured a largely frustrating 2018, Alonso started 2019 determined to look forward and not back. A second consecutive victory in the Azores provided the perfect boost.
Strong run: Despite retiring from round two, Rally Islas Canarias, Alonso scored a second win in Poland and a class podium on Barum Czech Rally Zlín, where he showed off another quality.
Human side: Rather than reflecting on a job well done at the end of the opening leg in Zlín, Alonso’s main concern was for rivals Zelindo Melegari and Corrado Bonato, who had been hospitalised following their rally-ending crash earlier in the day.