Progress and enjoyment: von Thurn und Taxis impressing in second ERC season
Albert von Thurn und Taxis is making FIA European Rally Championship start number 12 in Cyprus this week still chasing his first points of the season but improving all the time.
The ex-GT racer is building his rallying experience event by event having made the switch from track to stage a handful of seasons ago. So far, the move is going to plan.
“I’m enjoying it massively, I mean massively, but there has to be improvements, absolutely [in my second year],” said the Baumschlager Rallye & Racing-run driver. “Not necessarily in terms of position, not necessarily in terms of classification but in terms of seconds per stage kilometre we are really looking at comparing and we need to see improvements. So far, thank God that is the case. But there are so many things that need to be improved, that is the incredible thing.”
To further that improvement, von Thurn und Taxis took advantage of a clashing event for regular co-driver Bjorn Degandt to try out German pacenotes and get additional feedback by linking up with fellow German speaker Frank Christian for the EKO Acropolis. Despite an accident on leg two cutting the number of competitive kilometres they covered, it proved a useful exercise.
However, von Thurn and Taxis and Degandt will be reunited for the Cyprus Rally, which is based in Larnaca from 15-17 June when more progress is the aim for the popular Rome resident.