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Michel makes his mark in the ERC

Michel makes his mark in the ERC

13/05/2017 12:00

Sylvain Michel made an impressive start to life in the FIA European Rally Championship, claiming second place in ERC Junior Under 28.

Stepping up to the ERC after winning the French Tarmac championship, Michel scored a handful of category stage wins on Rally Islas Canarias in the ŠKODA Fabia R5 he shares with co-driver Jérôme Degout.

“We had a good start to the rally with the right sensations,” Michel said. “We worked on the set-up on Friday to stop the front tyres being destroyed and for me to be less aggressive. But I’m very happy, for us and all the team. It’s a good weekend for us now and for the future.”

The ERC Junior Under 28 Championship continues on Rally Rzeszow in Poland in early August.

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Armindo Araújo, who will contest next month’s FIA European Rally Championship season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye, claimed a top-five finish on his return to competition following a lengthy absence.

Catie Munnings is targeting yet more progress when she embarks on her second FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship campaign in 2018.

Jari Huttunen impressed on his first outing in this season’s FIA World Rally Championship, taking two class stage wins and finishing sixth in his division on Rally Sweden last weekend.

Ricardo Moura has laid down the gauntlet to the FIA European Rally Championship title contenders by winning round one of the Portuguese national series yesterday (Sunday).