Pirelli celebrates multiple ERC title triumph

Pirelli celebrates multiple ERC title triumph

09/10/2017 12:00

Pirelli captured a clean-sweep of FIA European Rally Championship titles as the 2017 season reached its climax on Rally Liepāja yesterday.

Completing a triumphant day, Pirelli drivers locked out the overall podium on the mainly gravel event, which took place amid challenging and changeable weather conditions.

Pirelli rally activity manager Terenzio Testoni said: “This latest result brings our achievements in 2017 to a brilliant conclusion. And it’s a result that is significant for many reasons. The European championship is the key international series for privateer drivers. There’s an extremely varied calendar in terms of conditions, weather and terrain – which makes it extremely demanding and important when it comes to demonstrating the capabilities of our products: P Zero for asphalt, Scorpion for gravel and Cinturato for rain.

“The European championship has also emerged as the principal arena for up-and-coming stars of the future: an integral part of Pirelli’s sporting philosophy. Special congratulations to Kajetan Kajetanowicz, who becomes the first driver to win the European Rally Championship three consecutive times.”

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.