No ERC joy for Huttunen but Hy (undai) times ahead

No ERC joy for Huttunen but Hy (undai) times ahead

15/10/2017 06:00

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.

Huttunen could have claimed the crown by taking class victory on Rally Liepāja but a double puncture on the closing leg’s opening stage all but ended the young Finn’s hopes of glory.

“I’m not happy, this rally was not going so well,” said a dejected Huttunen at the finish of the rally’s final stage. “The car was good and sometimes we were fast.”

Huttunen will turn his attentions to a dream opportunity with Hyundai Motorsport after being selected for its driver development initiative for 2017 when he will undertake a programme of world championship rallies and tests in a Hyundai i20 R5.

It’s 25 days until the Azores Airlines Rallye opens the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship on 22 March. Here’s an update of what’s in store on the all-gravel spectacular in the mid-Atlantic Ocean.

Aloísio Monteiro will drive a ŠKODA Fabia R5 in the upcoming FIA European Rally Championship – and ERC ace Bruno Magalhães has been showing him the ropes.

Armindo Araújo, who will contest next month’s FIA European Rally Championship season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye, claimed a top-five finish on his return to competition following a lengthy absence.

Catie Munnings is targeting yet more progress when she embarks on her second FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship campaign in 2018.

Jari Huttunen impressed on his first outing in this season’s FIA World Rally Championship, taking two class stage wins and finishing sixth in his division on Rally Sweden last weekend.

Ricardo Moura has laid down the gauntlet to the FIA European Rally Championship title contenders by winning round one of the Portuguese national series yesterday (Sunday).