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Progress pleases ERC’s Gryazin

Progress pleases ERC’s Gryazin

12/04/2017 12:00

Nikolay Gryazin was pleased with his start to the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship even though he missed out on a possible victory in the ERC Junior U28 category.

Gryazin was leading the category in his Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5 starting the final morning until his challenge faltered due to a puncture and powersteeering failure caused by an impact. However, he hit back to finish fourth in the class on his least-favoured gravel surface.

“I’m pleased with my progress because I finished this rally and last year I did not,” said the Russian prospect. “It was my mistake that I cut too much and got a puncture and had a problem with the powersteering but this is rallying and this rally is really difficult so it was good we finished. I don’t know if I could have won without the problems but maybe I could have fought for the win. Everyone in ERC Junior if they don’t have any problems they can fight for the win because everybody is fast.”

José Suárez completed his maiden season of FIA European Rally Championship action by finishing second among the ERC Junior U28 contingent on Rally Liepāja to secure third in the final class reckoning.

Krisóf Klausz’s strong end to the 2017 FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship continued when he finished sixth in class on Rally Liepāja.

Aleks Zawada says there were “a lot of positives” after his bid for the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship – and the 100,000 euros prize fund – ultimately ended in disappointment in Latvia earlier this month.

Kalle Rovanperä says Nikolay Gryazin is the ultimate rival after the talented young guns locked horns on the closing round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship recently.

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.

Łukasz Habaj wishes his first podium in the FIA European Rally Championship had come in happier circumstances.