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Larsen plots future ERC title challenge

Larsen plots future ERC title challenge

11/01/2017 12:00

Frank Tore Larsen is thinking long term when it comes to his rallying. The talented Norwegian is embarking on a major domestic title assault in 2017 with a view of eventually challenging for the FIA European Rally Championship.

After contesting two ERC events in 2016, Larsen is focusing his efforts on landing the funding to contest every round of the Norwegian championship this year, while also trying to secure extra support to acquire an asphalt-specification Ford Fiesta R5 as part of his preparations for a future ERC campaign.

A statement on Larsenmotorsport.com read: “By focusing on collecting important points by contesting a full domestic championship and hopefully getting the budget together to start asphalt driving, the team hope this will give them the springboard to contest at the top level of the ERC in 2020.”

Larsen’s seven-round Norwegian championship campaign begins with the Sigdalsrally on 14 January.

Alexey Lukyanuk’s impromptu alliance with Hugo Magalhães proved to be a big success when they won Rallye de Tierra de Astorga in Spain yesterday.

FIA ERC Junior Under 27 podium finisher Karel Kupec is calling on the rallying community to help his brother Radomír’s ongoing recuperation from serious injuries sustained in a rally crash earlier this year.

Jari Huttunen, who will step up to the FIA World Rally Championship WRC2 category in 2018 after finishing runner-up in the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship this season, has received yet more recognition.

Citroën’s all-new C3 R5 is set to be a contender for honours in 2018 when it will be eligible for the FIA European Rally Championship.

FIA ERC Under 27 Championship frontrunner Filip Mareš was praised after an impressive showing on Rallye du Var last month.

ERC features in new book

12/12/2017 06:00 - 2017

A new book from McKlein, the respected photographic and publishing empire specialising in rallying, features a section on the FIA European Rally Championship.