ERC2: Remennik takes on R5 rivals in Liepāja
Sergei Remennik’s leading turn in the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 category on Rally Liepāja has gone almost entirely to plan bar a late puncture, even battling rivals in more nimble R5 machinery.
With recently crowned two-time ERC2 champion* Tibor Érdi Jr switching to a non-points scoring ŠKODA Fabia R5 this weekend, Remennik’s focus instead was on beating the clock, finishing leg one after late drama befell the Russian Performance Motorsport driver.
Tree branches on the racing line of stage six caused a rear right puncture to his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, though his time loss was minimal.
Rather than battling another production car, Remennik’s chief competitor on leg one was Paulo Nobre, driving a faster R5 specification car.
Staying within a few seconds of the Palmeirinha Rally driver throughout, Remennik eventually made his move on stage five, taking 17.2s out of Nobre and finishing the day P17 overall. Érdi Jr, meanwhile, remains in the top 20 after stopping to change a puncture on SS6.
*Subject to confirmation of results by the FIA