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ERC winner Lukyanuk injured in testing crash

ERC winner Lukyanuk injured in testing crash

18/05/2017 10:00

Alexey Lukyanuk has been injured in a testing crash in his native Russia. The FIA European Rally Championship event winner suffered non-life threatening injuries and is now being treated in hospital in St Petersburg where he was flown by helicopter following the accident in Russia’s Pskov region yesterday (Wednesday).

Two other people, Nikita Gergel and Vjacheslav Kucherov, were injured in the collision between two cars at a testing venue. Sadly, Alexey Ljaduhin, who was co-driving one of the cars, died.

Lukyanuk won the ERC-counting Rally Islas Canarias earlier this month and had been expected to challenge for victory on next month’s SEAJETS Acropolis Rally, round three of the 2017 European championship season. His regular co-driver, Alexey Arnautov, was not involved in the incident.

The thoughts of the ERC community are with those affected by the events of yesterday and to Alexey Lukyanuk for a swift recovery.

The SEAJETS Acropolis Rally in Greece hosts round three of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship from 2-4 June. Key event details and information appear below.

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Marijan Griebel turned back the clock last week when he got back behind the wheel of the Opel ADAM R2 he drove to the FIA ERC Junior Championship title in 2016.

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