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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.

José Suárez completed his maiden season of FIA European Rally Championship action by finishing second among the ERC Junior U28 contingent on Rally Liepāja to secure third in the final class reckoning.

Krisóf Klausz’s strong end to the 2017 FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship continued when he finished sixth in class on Rally Liepāja.

Aleks Zawada says there were “a lot of positives” after his bid for the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship – and the 100,000 euros prize fund – ultimately ended in disappointment in Latvia earlier this month.

Kalle Rovanperä says Nikolay Gryazin is the ultimate rival after the talented young guns locked horns on the closing round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship recently.

Jari Huttunen has spoken of his disappointment after losing out on the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 title to Opel team-mate Chris Ingram in a final-round decider in Latvia earlier this month.

Łukasz Habaj wishes his first podium in the FIA European Rally Championship had come in happier circumstances.