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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.”

José Suárez completed his maiden season of FIA European Rally Championship action by finishing second among the ERC Junior U28 contingent on Rally Liepāja to secure third in the final class reckoning.

Krisóf Klausz’s strong end to the 2017 FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship continued when he finished sixth in class on Rally Liepāja.

Aleks Zawada says there were “a lot of positives” after his bid for the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship – and the 100,000 euros prize fund – ultimately ended in disappointment in Latvia earlier this month.

Kalle Rovanperä says Nikolay Gryazin is the ultimate rival after the talented young guns locked horns on the closing round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship recently.

Jari Huttunen has spoken of his disappointment after losing out on the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 title to Opel team-mate Chris Ingram in a final-round decider in Latvia earlier this month.

Łukasz Habaj wishes his first podium in the FIA European Rally Championship had come in happier circumstances.