Although the Romanian driver finished outside the points-paying positions on Rally Serras de Fafe, Felgueiras, Boticas, Vieira do Minho e Cabeceiras de Basto, he was still able to gain plenty of experience at the start of his ERC adventure.
With the vastly experienced Ilka Minor co-driving his Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo, Cuzma was 27th among the ERC-registered drivers at the finish of the rain-hit event.
“It was quite tough at times with a lot of mud, but we were just trying to improve our speed, trying to do something good,” the 33-year-old Cuzma said. “It was not so easy [on the first day] and the second day was completely different to the first day in terms of the conditions [with less mud]. The grip was changing a lot, but I didn’t have this experience before with this kind of gravel, so we were able to learn many things.”
Cuzma and Minor, from, Austria will continue their experience-building mission when they contest the all-Tarmac Kowax Valašská Rally ValMez in southern Czech Republic from March 31-April 2. The event forms the opening round of the 20-event FIA European Rally Trophy season.