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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.”

Jari Huttunen, who will step up to the FIA World Rally Championship WRC2 category in 2018 after finishing runner-up in the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship this season, has received yet more recognition.

Citroën’s all-new C3 R5 is set to be a contender for honours in 2018 when it will be eligible for the FIA European Rally Championship.

FIA ERC Under 27 Championship frontrunner Filip Mareš was praised after an impressive showing on Rallye du Var last month.

ERC features in new book

12/12/2017 06:00 - 2017

A new book from McKlein, the respected photographic and publishing empire specialising in rallying, features a section on the FIA European Rally Championship.

FIA European Rally Championship ace Alexey Lukyanuk will get a new car and new co-driver for his latest rallying adventure.

Kajetan Kajetanowicz could become only the third motorsport star to win newspaper Przegląd Sportowy’s prestigious Polish Sportsman of the Year award after he was nominated for the first time.