Munnings on top in ERC Ladies’ Trophy

Munnings on top in ERC Ladies’ Trophy

12/04/2018 06:00

Catie Munnings will top the ERC Ladies’ Trophy when battle resumes on Rally Islas Canarias next month.

Munnings heads Tamara Molinaro under a new scoring system for 2018 introduced by FIA European Rally Championship promoter Eurosport Events, which is committed to encouraging the participation of women in motorsport and has revamped the ERC Ladies’ Trophy accordingly.

Rather than recognise the achievements of women when competing against other women drivers, to promote gender equality, drivers will score points based on where they appear in the final four- or two-wheel-drive order.

Munnings was ninth of the 2WD finishers and scores 50 points. Molinaro, P14 in 4WD, scores 37 points. Emma Falcón failed to finish.

All rounds of the ERC are included in the ERC Ladies’ Trophy with all classes (ERC1, ERC2 and ERC3) eligible. Drivers count their best four scores.

Jan Kopecký, winner of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2013, is relishing the prospect of taking on Alexey Lukyanuk in this season’s Czech title battle.

It proved a successful weekend for several FIA European Rally Championship drivers with notable results in Azores, Czech Republic, Poland, Scotland and Slovenia.

Alexey Lukyanuk’s participation on this weekend’s Czech championship Rallye Šumava Klatovy won’t be a one-off as first reported.

Roland Stengg has chosen the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship for the “competition and coverage” it delivers as he embarks on a two-year European campaign.

Rhys Yates will put the experience he gained on his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship debut to good use when he contests a rally in Scotland this weekend.

Round two of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship is officially underway following yesterday’s launch in Las Palmas.