Remembering when… Bergkvist claimed Opel’s first ERC Junior gold

Remembering when… Bergkvist claimed Opel’s first ERC Junior gold

11/02/2017 12:00

Opel announced its bid for a third successive FIA ERC Junior Championship title earlier this week with Chris Ingram leading the charge.

Back in 2015, Emil Bergkvist was celebrating the make’s maiden triumph in the young driver category following a standout display in his Adam R2, which included three class victories.

And this is the Swedish driver on his way to his first victory of his title-winning campaign on Rally Liepāja alongside co-driver Joakim Sjöberg.

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.