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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.”

Laurent Pellier is on an exciting learning curve in Czech Republic this week – thanks to the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC Junior Experience.

Radomír Kupec admits he won’t be as prepared as he would like to be for his Barum Czech Rally Zlín debut this week.

Jan Kopecký, the winner of the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship, is returning to the series that helped to make him a star when Barum Czech Rally Zlín gets underway on Friday.

Marijan Griebel is already in “race mode” heading to Barum Czech Rally Zlín when he will continue his pursuit for his dream prize drive.

Alexey Lukyanuk has vowed to pay more attention to his pacenotes when reconnaissance for round six of the FIA European Rally Championship begins in Zlín tomorrow morning (Wednesday).

Tibor Érdi Jr has issued a warning to his FIA ERC2 rival Zelindo Melegari ahead of Barum Czech Rally Zlín.