Griebel heads López as ERC Juniors shine in Luxembourg

Griebel heads López as ERC Juniors shine in Luxembourg

16/07/2017 12:00

FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship title contenders Marijan Griebel and Pepe López were the class act on Rallye Lëtzebuerg, taking a one-two finish as part of their preparations for next month’s Rally Rzeszow.

Against a number of World Rally Cars, Griebel took two stage bests on a one-off outing in a Hyundai i20 R5, which he was driving for the first time on the Luxembourg asphalt event.

Co-driven by stand-in navigator Johny Blom, the German finished 13.6s in front of López, who was driving his usual Peugeot Rally Academy 208 T16 and was fastest on he opening stage.

Meanwhile, Rally Rzeszow takes place from 3-5 August. Griebel is three points in front of López in the ERC Junior U28 standings after two rounds.

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

Russian Performance Motorsport will lead the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams by two points when battle resumes on Rally Islas Canarias next month.

Alexey Lukyanuk and Albert von Thurn und Taxis are set for an early Czech adventure when they contest Rallye Šumava Klatovy this weekend (20-21 April).

Laurent Pellier warmed up for his next FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship appearance with a fine second place on Rallye Sierra Morena in Spain yesterday (14 April).

Slovakia’s Martin Koči made a strong start to his national title bid with second place on Rallye Prešov earlier today.

Hubert Ptaszek, the driver known as Birdman based on a rough English translation of his surname, achieved new heights on his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship debut last month.