Érdi Jr Zlín-bound eyeing second ERC2 title
Tibor Érdi Jr will head to Barum Czech Rally Zlín later this month eyeing his second consecutive ERC2 title.
Érdi Jr has claimed three wins in the FIA European Rally Championship’s production class so far this season and one more victory would put him out of reach of his title rivals based on the new-for-2018 cost-cutting rule that allows drivers to count their best four scores only.
The Hungarian made it a hat-trick of ERC2 event wins on last month’s Rally di Roma Capitale although it emerged afterwards that his Italian adventure hadn’t gone quite to plan. A brake issued plagued Érdi Jr throughout the first morning and it needed the fitting of a replacement master brake cylinder at final service on Saturday to eradicate the fault.
“We try to defend our ERC2 title on the Barum Rally so we start to check the parts of the car and prepare for the Czech event,” said Érdi Jr. “We have a big chance.”
Érdi Jr will start Barum Czech Rally Zlín on 24 August four points ahead of Sergei Remmenik, who has claimed three seconds plus a third on Rally di Roma Capitale, which he contested in a replacement car after his own Mitsubishi Lancer was damaged beyond immediate repair in testing. Although the Russian was quick to praise the work of his Prospeed mechanics for getting him to the start in Rome, like Érdi Jr his rally wasn’t without problems.
“The fuel pump stopped working a few times and also the differential pump,” said Remennik at the finish in Ostia. “But it’s okay, it’s a finish and we collected some points. The team did a great job to turn a gravel car into a Tarmac car for the rally. It’s incredible.”