Motivated Rendina plans ERC adventure

Motivated Rendina plans ERC adventure

15/02/2017 12:00

Max Rendina will contest the FIA European Rally Championship in 2017, citing the “challenge” that a full-season campaign in the oldest international rally series will offer behind his decision to take part.

Rendina, 42, will pilot a ŠKODA Fabia R5 for the front-running Motorsport Italia operation with fellow Italian Emanuele Inglesi co-driving.

“I accepted the proposal of competing in the ERC because it’s a new adventure that motivates me a lot and allows me to challenge myself in a different context,” said Rendina, who began competing in 2001 and claimed the Production Cup section of the WRC2 series in 2014.

This season’s ERC schedule covers eight events on gravel and asphalt with the Azores Airlines Rallye hosting the opening round from 30 March-1 April. Rendina’s home event, Rally Roma di Capitale, takes place from 15-17 September. He has one ERC start to his name, Rally 1000 Miglia in 2012.

Pierre-Louis Loubet “feels ready” for his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship debut after driving BRC Racing Team’s Hyundai i20 R5 for the first time during Azores Airlines Rallye testing yesterday (Monday).

Paulo Nobre will return to international rallying after a five-year gap when he embarks on a full-season campaign in the FIA European Rally Championship.

Dominik Brož hopes the technical problems that hampered his progress in 2017 will be a thing of the past when he bids for FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship success this season.

Miguel Correia will make his FIA European Rally Championship debut when he lines up on the Azores Airlines Rallye this week.

Fabian Kreim will look to his outing on the Asia-Pacific championship-counting Coffee Day India Rally in 2016 when he begins his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 bid on the Azores Airlines Rallye this week.

A fully recovered Bruno Magalhães says there’s no reason why he can’t begin his 2018 FIA European Rally Championship campaign by repeating the shock victory he scored on São Miguel 12 months ago.