Kreim overcomes lack of gravel runs to maintain ERC Junior U28 title bid
Fabian Kreim belied his lack of gravel-driving experience to keep in the fight for the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship crown with third place in class when PZM Rally Poland hosted the category for young stars in R5 cars last weekend.
Kreim, the double German champion, had topped the standings from Rally Islas Canarias in May, but slipped to third in the table after finishing behind title rivals Nikolay Gryazin and Chris Ingram in Mikołajki, the ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland driver’s third start on gravel since 2016.
“It was a very, very tough rally, especially the speed, it was so high,” said Kreim, who is co-driven by compatriot Frank Christian. “It was a completely new experience for me but we improved from stage to stage. We were really satisfied with our speed, the car, and everything and we’re looking forward to the next rally now. I definitely didn’t expect that such a result is possible and we have to be satisfied with the progress.”
Kreim, who heads to the Rally Liepāja finale eight points behind Gryazin and one down on Ingram, continued: “Being ahead of Chris would have been important from a championship point of view but it was more important to see the end of the rally because we need every kilometre on gravel.”