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Peugeot Sport head Famin explains pro-ERC move

Peugeot Sport head Famin explains pro-ERC move

15/03/2017 12:00

Peugeot Sport will return to the FIA European Rally Championship this season with two 208 T16s for rising Spanish talents Pepe Lopez and José Suarez. The man in charge, Bruno Famin, explains why.

Competing under the Peugeot Rally Academy banner, Lopez and Suarez will be chasing the inaugural ERC Junior U28 Championship and the 100,000 euros that comes as part of the prize.

“We are extremely pleased with our association with Eurosport and delighted to confirm that the Peugeot Rally Academy’s programme in 2017 will focus on the ERC,” said Famin. “We will be running cars for two particularly promising young Spaniards, José Suarez and Pepe Lopez. Our aim will be to give them an opportunity to gain experience and fine-tune their professionalism without pressure as part a of a high-level operation. They will both drive Peugeot 208 T16s, which is the flagship of our rally car range, so it will be a good chance for us to showcase the reliability and competitiveness of the 2017-spec car.”

Lopez and Suarez will begin their 2017 programme on the Azores Airlines Rallye from 30 March-2 April.

Alexey Lukyanuk’s impromptu alliance with Hugo Magalhães proved to be a big success when they won Rallye de Tierra de Astorga in Spain yesterday.

FIA ERC Junior Under 27 podium finisher Karel Kupec is calling on the rallying community to help his brother Radomír’s ongoing recuperation from serious injuries sustained in a rally crash earlier this year.

Jari Huttunen, who will step up to the FIA World Rally Championship WRC2 category in 2018 after finishing runner-up in the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship this season, has received yet more recognition.

Citroën’s all-new C3 R5 is set to be a contender for honours in 2018 when it will be eligible for the FIA European Rally Championship.

FIA ERC Under 27 Championship frontrunner Filip Mareš was praised after an impressive showing on Rallye du Var last month.

ERC features in new book

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A new book from McKlein, the respected photographic and publishing empire specialising in rallying, features a section on the FIA European Rally Championship.