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12/07/2017 06:00

Łukasz Habaj will contest the remaining rounds of this season’s FIA European Rally Championship, completing his six-event schedule as planned.

Starting with his home event, next month’s Rally Rzeszow, the Pole will also tackle the ERC counters in Czech Republic, Italy and Latvia.

He will pilot an all-new Ford Fiesta R5 – production number 225 – and will be hoping for a change of fortune after bad luck blighted his early-season forays in Azores and Gran Canaria.

The 42-year-old, who beat Bryan Bouffier to the Polish title in 2015, has been a regular in the ERC ever since. He finished fourth on Rally Rzeszow last season and is among a number of leading Polish drivers contesting the asphalt event from 3-5 August.

Daniel Dymurskik, who co-drove Wojciech Chuchała to ERC2 glory in 2016, will continue to partner Habaj at Rallytechnology.

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.