Why Remennik is leading but not leading in ERC2
Sergei Remennik starts next week’s Rally di Roma Capitale leading the ERC2 standings – not that the ace Russian is thinking along those lines.
Remennik is 10 points in front of defending champion Tibor Érdi Jr after four rounds of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship.
However, with drivers counting their best four scores under new rules for this season, Érdi Jr is in a potentially stronger position with two wins compared to Remennik’s trio of second-place finishes.
“We are leading the ERC2 standings, but this is an intermediate result that we do not really consider as the leadership,” said the Russian Performance Motorsport driver. “Only Juan Carlos Alonso has scored points in four races. Our crew has only three second places, Tibor Érdi Jr has two wins, and Juan Carlos has one victory. Everyone will try to improve their results, Érdi goes well on the asphalt, and the situation in the standings may change after this rally.”
Of the prospect of competing on the Italian event, Remennik can’t wait to get started: “It is one of the most beautiful races in the season. Of course, every rally is unique and attractive in its own way, but starting in the Eternal City from the Castel Sant’Angelo walls is a wonderful feeling. We are looking forward to the rally, because we had a big break, during which we missed one ERC round. We are going to continue our steady performances; last season we couldn’t boast that the number of our starts in the rallies was equal to the number of finishes. This season we are more confident and stable; maybe we aren’t as fast as we would like to, but it is also important to finish and score points.”