Remennik can’t wait for Azores ERC return

Remennik can’t wait for Azores ERC return

13/03/2018 18:00

Sergei Remennik can’t wait to return to the Azores Airlines Rallye for the start of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship next week.

Russian driver Remennik made his ERC debut on the island event last April and plans to make the most of that experience as he takes on expanded competition in the ERC2 category.

“Last year we only had Alexey Lukyanuk’s past onboard videos to help us,” said Remennik, who will pilot a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X alongside co-driver Mark Rozin. “Now we have our own personal experience, and we already know how to prepare for this race.”

Remennik is one of six drivers set for a full season of ERC2 action after new rules were introduced to limit the number of scoring opportunities to four events from the previous six in an effort to control costs.

“The fact that the organisers met the participants’ needs and changed the rules of the series, determined we will take part in this series again,” said the Russian Performance Motorsport driver. “Also, we are very pleased with the number of participants in the ERC2 standings, twice as many as before.”

He continued: “Everyone expects to achieve the best result. And we will definitely try to improve last year’s result and I hope we will be able to do that. The Azores are splendid islands and it is a very beautiful race. We are counting the seconds to the start.”

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.