Pellier tames Spanish Tarmac ahead of ERC Junior outing

Pellier tames Spanish Tarmac ahead of ERC Junior outing

15/04/2018 12:00

Laurent Pellier warmed up for his next FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship appearance with a fine second place on Rallye Sierra Morena in Spain yesterday (14 April).

Pellier was using the Córdoba-based event to prepare for the upcoming Rally Islas Canarias. As well as building his experience of his PEUGEOT 208 T16 on asphalt, the Frenchman impressed by beating a host of Spanish championship regulars, including 2017 title winner Iván Ares.

PEUGEOT Rally Academy-run Pellier is tackling the six-event ERC Junior U28 season alongside co-driver and fellow Frenchman Geoffrey Combe. Rally Islas Canarias is up next from 3-5 May.

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.