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It’s ERC for me, says Zlín chief Regner

It’s ERC for me, says Zlín chief Regner

05/01/2017 12:00

Miroslav Regner says the ERC’s focus on privateers was key to his rally extending its long-term agreement with championship promoter Eurosport Events until at least 2018.

Barum Czech Rally Zlín’s association with Eurosport Events began in 2007 when the Intercontinental Rally Challenge added the hugely popular asphalt event to its schedule for the first time.

And when Eurosport Events took over the promotion of the ERC for 2013, Barum Czech Rally Zlín was a key factor in the championship’s success.

“With realistic insight, the European Rally Championship is the highest FIA rally series which can be organised in our region,” said Regner. “More than 10 years back we were thinking of entering the WRC but after the decade with IRC and renewed ERC I’m persuaded that choosing these series, which are mainly focused on private teams and drivers, was the right decision for all sides. Every year we try to keep high level of the event and also bring something extra and we are happy that drivers and rally fans year by year return to Zlín. I hope they will enjoy also the 47th Barum Czech Rally Zlín.”

Barum Czech Rally Zlín forms round six of the 2017 ERC season from 25-27 August.

Drivers with FIA European Rally Championship experience starred on Rallye Monte-Carlo last weekend with eight of the top 10 having competed in the ERC in the past.

Giandomenico Basso bettered his runner-up spot in 2005 to claim the FIA European Rally Championship in ’06, still with co-driver Mitia Dotta but this time in an Abarth Grande Punto S2000.

Three drivers who achieved career lift-off by shining brightly in the FIA European Rally Championship have been marked out as ones to watch in 2017 by respected French motorsport magazine AUTOhebdo.

Competitors in the FIA European Rally Championship will once again go up against leading runners from Portugal’s domestic series when the Azores Airlines Rallye takes place from 30 March-1 April.

A number of drivers with FIA European Rally Championship experience will be in action when Rallye Monte-Carlo gets underway this evening.

Rally Islas Canarias will celebrate two notable firsts when it takes place from 4-6 May.