Former winner Sousa set for shock return on ERC Azores Airlines Rallye

Former winner Sousa set for shock return on ERC Azores Airlines Rallye

04/03/2018 18:00

Bernardo Sousa is set to make a shock comeback on this month’s Azores Airlines Rallye, the FIA European Rally Championship counter he won in 2014.

Sousa, who has competed only sporadically in recent seasons, is set to take over the Play / Autoaçoreana Racing Citroën DS3 R5 vacated by brothers Ruben and Estevão Rodrigues.

They have decided not to continue in the French machine for work reasons and have invited Sousa, the 2010 Portuguese champion, to take over the wheel instead.

This year’s Azores Airlines Rallye hosts the 2018 ERC season opener from 22-24 March.

Mārtiņš Sesks has regained first place in the FIA European Rally Championship’s Under 27 category on Azores Airlines Rallye, following adjustments to stage times awarded in SS8 and SS9 related to incidents causing delays for multiple drivers.

Tamara Molinaro continues to head the ERC Ladies’ Trophy category on the Azores Airlines Rallye, while Emma Falcón retired with back pain before midday service.

Sergei Remennik has resumed his lead of Azores Airlines Rallye’s FIA European Rally Championship ERC2 category, following an unfortunate retirement for nearest challenger Zelindo Melegari with clutch failure.

Diogo Gago took on the might of ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team’s pair of FIA ERC Junior Under 27 factory drivers on the Azores Airlines Rallye’s Friday stages and succeeded aboard his PEUGEOT 208 R2, moving from third to first over the course of a dramatic multi-way battle.

Chris Ingram and Martin Koči traded places throughout Friday’s Azores Airlines Rallye stages in a tight battle for FIA ERC Junior Under 28 victory.

The Azores Airlines Rallye once again showed why it is such a formidable opening round of the FIA European Rally Championship, but as others hit trouble, Russian Performance Motorsport’s Alexey Lukyanuk held steady out front.