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Gago wants more ERC Junior action

Gago wants more ERC Junior action

02/04/2018 06:00

Diogo Gago doesn’t want his winning run in the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship to start and finish with his Azores Airlines Rallye success.

Gago completed a late deal to contest the Pirelli-supported category on the spectacular gravel event, which marked the start of the new ERC Junior season.

After winning his class against strong opposition, the Portuguese wants to continue his triumphant start with an outing on next month’s Rally Islas Canarias.

“I get the budget in the last two weeks to do [Azores],” said Gago, who attracted support from M Coutinho for his Azores bid. “It went well so it would be nice to go to Canrias and have the same [result] there. Then if Canarias finishes good we do one more but at the moment there’s no budget so it’s difficult.”

Jan Kopecký, winner of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2013, is relishing the prospect of taking on Alexey Lukyanuk in this season’s Czech title battle.

It proved a successful weekend for several FIA European Rally Championship drivers with notable results in Azores, Czech Republic, Poland, Scotland and Slovenia.

Alexey Lukyanuk’s participation on this weekend’s Czech championship Rallye Šumava Klatovy won’t be a one-off as first reported.

Roland Stengg has chosen the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship for the “competition and coverage” it delivers as he embarks on a two-year European campaign.

Rhys Yates will put the experience he gained on his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship debut to good use when he contests a rally in Scotland this weekend.

Round two of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship is officially underway following yesterday’s launch in Las Palmas.