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Mareš thanks Czech federation, eyes ERC return

Mareš thanks Czech federation, eyes ERC return

12/10/2017 06:00

Filip Mareš says his highly impressive first season of international competition was only possible through the support of the Czech motorsport federation, which backed his FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship campaign.

Mareš started last week’s Rally Liepāja firmly in the hunt for ERC Junior Under 27 title glory but his lack of gravel experience ultimately forced him to settle for third place instead behind champion Chris Ingram and runner-up Jari Huttunen, which nevertheless represented a remarkable achievement.

“It was my second proper rally on gravel and definitely it was difficult to be on the [same] pace as Jari and Chris,” said Mareš. “We made good progress and we could go faster but we need more kilometres on gravel. I am quite satisfied because nobody expected we would be on the podium at the end of the season. But I want to say a big thanks to Autoklub Czech Republic and also all our sponsors because without their support this would not have been possible.”

While Mareš has yet to finalise his 2018 programme, an ERC return is the target. “I hope to keep going and I hope to be competing in the European championship. It’s a great and highly competitive championship for young drivers. Hopefully we’ll be back.”

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.