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From sixth to sinking, Kasperczyk describes early Azores ERC exit

From sixth to sinking, Kasperczyk describes early Azores ERC exit

17/04/2017 12:00

Tomasz Kasperczyk was in sixth place in the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship category on the Azores Airlines Rallye earlier this month only for cruel luck to strike late on.

Driving his Tiger Energy Drink Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5, Kasperczyk was on course for a strong finish when he was forced to stop during the second run through the Grupo Marques superspecial with a mechanical failure.

“It is obvious that I would prefer to finish, especially since the damage our car suffered were not caused by my mistake,” the Polish driver said afterwards. “It is hard not to be disappointed in such a situation, but nevertheless I focus on good things, and there were a few. I am satisfied with what we achieved on the stages, especially if you consider extremely tricky conditions and number of crews, who encountered numerous problems. The good news is that we improved our pace, comparing to our previous outing here. We could match the pace of much more experienced rivals, we gained many places in the overall standings, while our stage times were comparable with those scored by other Polish crews. All in all, this was a tough but effective lesson of rallying.”

Kasperczyk and co-driver and compatriot Damian Syty will be back in action on next month’s Rally Islas Canarias.

Szeja brothers in ERC debut

22/07/2017 12:00 - 2017

Brothers Jarek and Marcin Szeja will make their FIA European Rally Championship debuts when Rally Rzeszow hosts the fifth event of the all-action ERC season next month.

Austrian Simon Wagner has become rising star number 23 to sign up for the FIA European Rally Championship’s hugely successful Junior category in 2017 and will contest the upcoming ERC Junior Under 27 rounds in Poland and Czech Republic.

FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship leader Chris Ingram won’t be holding back when it comes to committing big on next month’s Rally Rzeszow.

TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH will use the FIA European Rally Championship to showcase its uprated GT86 CS-R3 to potential customers.

Emerging prospects from the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship will get the chance to prove their talent against a World Rally Championship event-winning driver when Mads Østberg contests Rally Rzeszow in Poland next month (3-5 August).

Nikolay Gryazin will complete his two-event practice rally schedule ahead of his return to FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship action on Rally Rzeszow next month when he competes in Austria this weekend.