Gryazin reflects on ERC Rzeszow exit

Gryazin reflects on ERC Rzeszow exit

11/08/2017 18:00

Nikolay Gryazin’s Rally Rzeszow exit was the result of a “little mistake” having big consequences.

The Russian teenager was delivering another impressive performance in the FIA European Rally Championship, holding third overall and leading the ERC Junior Under 28 category when he suffered a heavy crash on the first stage of leg two, which left his Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5 with extensive damage.

“I don’t know if it was a mistake with my driving but it was really slippery on a right corner, we slide wide, crashed and rolled,” said Gryazin. “The car has quite bad damage but I think the roll cage is okay.”

While Gryazin was uninjured, co-driver Yaroslav Fedorov hurt his foot taking avoiding action when brothers Jarek and Marcin Szeja went off and crashed into the stranded SRT Fabia causing further damage.

“Yaroslav hurt his foot when the car number 22 crashed into our car and he fell into a ditch when he tried to run,” Gryazin explained. “It’s really frustrating because the target was to finish. We were leading our category but we were not driving so fast, it was safety driving. It was a little mistake but there was no chance to save the car.”

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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.