Érdi Jr’s ERC bad luck strikes again

Érdi Jr’s ERC bad luck strikes again

11/08/2017 12:00

Tibor Érdi Jr has revealed the Rally Rzeszow heartache that cost him victory in the FIA ERC2 category last weekend.

Érdi Jr appeared to have won the showroom division for the second time in 2017 – and boost his title challenge in the process – but a broken engine at the stopline of the final stage wrecked his hopes in an instant as he was unable to reach the finish.

“The motor cut out and when we tried to start it again it didn’t start,” said the Hungarian Mitsubishi Lancer driver. “It’s the second time it’s happened because it was also the same on the Acropolis Rally [in 2014] when I won the last stage but didn’t go to the finish. It’s crazy.”

Zelindo Melegari, who inherited the ERC2 win and now leads the standings by 53 points ahead of Érdi Jr, said: “I am sorry for Tibor because he was fast in this race. It was a very difficult race.”

José Suárez completed his maiden season of FIA European Rally Championship action by finishing second among the ERC Junior U28 contingent on Rally Liepāja to secure third in the final class reckoning.

Krisóf Klausz’s strong end to the 2017 FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship continued when he finished sixth in class on Rally Liepāja.

Aleks Zawada says there were “a lot of positives” after his bid for the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship – and the 100,000 euros prize fund – ultimately ended in disappointment in Latvia earlier this month.

Kalle Rovanperä says Nikolay Gryazin is the ultimate rival after the talented young guns locked horns on the closing round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship recently.

Jari Huttunen has spoken of his disappointment after losing out on the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 title to Opel team-mate Chris Ingram in a final-round decider in Latvia earlier this month.

Łukasz Habaj wishes his first podium in the FIA European Rally Championship had come in happier circumstances.