Lukyanuk on board as Saintéloc tests the best ahead of new ERC season
Saintéloc Racing called on ERC champion Alexey Lukyanuk to test its Citroën C3 R5 as part of its ongoing preparations for the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship.
While Lukyanuk’s involvement was more in his capacity as a top-line driver rather than a potential candidate for Saintéloc’s ERC attack, neither party has ruled out a future collaboration.
“It was great to have an experienced and fast driver like Alexey for a ride in the C3 R5 and give us his feedback,” said Saintéloc’s Rally Manager Vincent Ducher following the test close to Valence last month. “Saintéloc want to be back at the top of the ranking in the ERC with this new car so we are looking for different possibilities.”
Of the test, Lukyanuk said: “The car feels very good and strong. We don’t have far-reaching plans with [Saintéloc] but who knows how everything can turn.”
Co-driven by fellow Russian Alexey Arnautov, Lukyanuk claimed the 2018 ERC title with wins in Azores, Gran Canaria and Italy.