Hyundai’s Huttunen goes “maximum attack” on ERC return
Jari Huttunen went on maximum attack as he returned to the FIA European Rally Championship in style with second place on PZM Rally Poland last weekend.
Talent-spotted by Hyundai for its young driver scheme for 2018 on the back of strong results in last season’s Pirelli-supported FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship, Huttunen and co-driver Antti Linnaketo missed out on victory by 8.3s following a thrilling battle with winners and ERC Junior Under 28 contenders Nikolay Gryazin and Yaroslav Fedorov.
And the Finns could have won had they not picked up a 10-second penalty for arriving late a stage repairing damage incurred in a previous incident.
“I really enjoyed Rally Poland, and the speed that I showed in the Hyundai i20 R5,” said the Hyundai Motorsport Driver development Program member. “The roads were fast, but very different in how you had to drive them compared to any rally I’ve done this season so far. Obviously second place is a great result, and we can take the positives. The battle with Gryazin was really fun. For every stage I was on maximum attack, which is where I learn the most about the car and get the most out the weekend.”