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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.

Castrol Ford Team Turkey completed a win double to remember on the Cyprus Rally last weekend.

Nasser Al-Attiyah is the focus of the latest ERC All Access programme, which is being broadcast on Eurosport this week.

Kajetan Kajetanowicz says he’s ready to fight for home success after closing to within 14 points of FIA European Rally Championship leader Bruno Magalhães by winning leg two of the Cyprus Rally yesterday.

The Love Cyprus Golden Stage proved a big hit with three-tenths of a second separating the fastest two drivers as round four of the FIA European Rally Championship finished in Ayia Napa yesterday.

Alexandros Tsouloftas was rewarded for his determined drive on his home round of the FIA European Rally Championship with the prestigious Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy.

Ümitcan Özdemir claimed his maiden ERC3 success for Castrol Ford Team Turkey with a controlled drive ahead of fellow Fiesta R2 drivers Deniz Fahri and İsmet Toktaş on the Cyprus Rally.