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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.

Filip Mareš has earned the support of one of Czech Republic’s best ever rally drivers following his impressive maiden season in the FIA European Rally Championship.

Romain Dumas is swapping the stages of the FIA European Rally Championship for the 6.120-kilometre Circuito da Guia, venue of this week’s FIA GT World Cup.

Dávid Botka continued his strong end-of-season run with fifth place on Rallye Waldviertel in Austria last weekend.

Castrol Ford Team Turkey’s run of success in the FIA European Rally Championship is set to continue in 2018 when the Istanbul squad embarks on its third successive ERC campaign.

Julian Wagner had not one but three reasons to celebrate at the finish of Rallye Waldviertel on Saturday evening.

Raimund Baumschlager, who guided Marijan Griebel to the inaugural FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship crown this season, has extended his record-breaking tally of Austrian rally titles to 14 following his success on Rallye Waldviertel today.