Home hero Sesks prepares for high-speed lap of honour in ERC Junior U27
With the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship secured*, Mārtiņš Sesks will be able to treat his home event as a high-speed lap of honour.
The ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team driver, who hails from Liepāja, was part of the ERC Junior Experience driver training programme 12 months ago but is now savouring the capture of a hugely important title for rising talents in R2 cars on Pirelli tyres.
“Coming to my home rally as the newly-crowned ERC Junior Under 27 champion is much better than I had dreamed of before the beginning of the season,” said the 19-year-old. “It’s going to be a gravel festival around my home town in front of the eyes of family, friends and fans. It’s going to be tough and spectacular.”
Tom Kristensson partners Sesks at the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team, driving a second ADAM R2. The Swede won the last round in Poland and also triumphed in the RC4 category when he made his ERC debut on Rally Liepāja last October.
Promising Norwegian Sindre Furuseth will be hoping to put a run of bad luck behind him in his ADAM, while Finn Miika Hokkanen demonstrated his gravel potential with third in Poland for the Saintéloc Junior Team, which runs a second PEUGEOT 208 R2 for ERC Ladies’ Trophy title contender Catie Munnings.
Hungary’s Kristóf Klausz and Austrian Roland Stengg will also be in contention for strong finishes in Latvia, as will Italian Mattia Vita, who has finished fourth in class on the last three events.
ACCR Czech Rally Team’s Dominik Brož is still working to finalise his participation on the event due to a combination of funding and parts-supply issues.
Having completed his competitive schedule for the season, which included a maiden class triumph in Poland, Rally Team Spain’s Efrén Llarena will be in Liepāja for the ERC Junior Experience training programme and event reconnaissance.
Rally Liepāja closes the 2018 FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship season from 12-14 October.