Kasperczyk over Canarias crash with first ERC Junior U28 finish in Poland

Kasperczyk over Canarias crash with first ERC Junior U28 finish in Poland

10/08/2017 06:00

Tomasz Kasperczyk has well and truly banished the memories of his frightening Rally Islas Canarias crash with his first FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship finish on his home event, Rally Rzeszow.

Kaspercyk, who escaped injury when his Tiger Energy Drink Rally Team Ford Fiesta narrowly avoiding plunging down a ravine on the Spanish Tarmac event in early May, placed fifth in class on Rally Rzeszow following an impressive drive.

“An extremely hot Rally Rzeszow confirmed that keeping a cool head is very important in this sport, especially in such an unbearable heat,” Kasperczyk said afterwards. “We managed to stay calm and focused. This let us reach our goal – to score many points in the championship.

“Even in this hot weather we covered competitive kilometres with joy. It was a great weekend for us – full of fierce rivalry run in a good, sporting atmosphere. I had a lot of fun behind the wheel of my Fiesta R5 on demanding and twisty stages around Rzeszów. It is hard not to be satisfied when we realise that we successfully competed with drivers like Bruno [Magalhães] and Jan [Černý]. In Barum Rally it is going to be much harder to get them, but for sure we will try.”

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.

Reinis Nitišs wants more FIA European Rally Championship action in the future but insists the day job comes first.