New car, new co-driver as Melegari confirms ERC return

New car, new co-driver as Melegari confirms ERC return

04/03/2018 06:00

Zelindo Melegari had so much fun competing in last season’s FIA European Rally Championship that he’s returning for more of the same in 2018. Only this time with a new car and co-driver.

Italian Melegari, who finished runner-up to Tibor Érdi Jr in last season’s ERC2 standings, will switch to a Prodrive-built Subaru Impreza N14 and has recruited the experienced Stefano Guerra from San Marino to co-drive his WAR Racing-prepared entry run under the Movisport banner.

“I tried the Subaru N14 for the first time last month, under the rain and with slippery conditions, very similar to the Azores last year,” said Melegari, who will begin his ERC2 campaign on the island spectacular from 22-24 March.

“The car is more ‘easy’ than Mitsubishi I used last season and there was immediately excellent harmony with Andrea Cecchi,” said Melegari. “I changed the car, team and co-driver, but I confirm the highest friendship with all the teams of last year and with Maurizio Barone, my co-driver on 2017.

“The ERC, with the current formula and Eurosport’s support, is an excellent showcase for drivers and sponsors, I had a lot of fun, last year and I highly recommend it to young drivers. Sergey Remennik and Tibor Érdi Jr have also confirmed their presence and I couldn’t leave them alone. The challenge is renewed.”

Mārtiņš Sesks has regained first place in the FIA European Rally Championship’s Under 27 category on Azores Airlines Rallye, following adjustments to stage times awarded in SS8 and SS9 related to incidents causing delays for multiple drivers.

Tamara Molinaro continues to head the ERC Ladies’ Trophy category on the Azores Airlines Rallye, while Emma Falcón retired with back pain before midday service.

Sergei Remennik has resumed his lead of Azores Airlines Rallye’s FIA European Rally Championship ERC2 category, following an unfortunate retirement for nearest challenger Zelindo Melegari with clutch failure.

Diogo Gago took on the might of ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team’s pair of FIA ERC Junior Under 27 factory drivers on the Azores Airlines Rallye’s Friday stages and succeeded aboard his PEUGEOT 208 R2, moving from third to first over the course of a dramatic multi-way battle.

Chris Ingram and Martin Koči traded places throughout Friday’s Azores Airlines Rallye stages in a tight battle for FIA ERC Junior Under 28 victory.

The Azores Airlines Rallye once again showed why it is such a formidable opening round of the FIA European Rally Championship, but as others hit trouble, Russian Performance Motorsport’s Alexey Lukyanuk held steady out front.