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Revealed: ERC Junior graduate Huttunen’s new car

Revealed: ERC Junior graduate Huttunen’s new car

11/01/2018 12:00

This is how Jari Huttunen’s Hyundai New Generation i20 R5 will look when the ERC Junior graduate takes to the stages of the World Rally Championship in 2018.

Huttunen, runner-up to Opel team-mate Chris Ingram in the inaugural FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship in 2017, will contest selected rounds of the WRC2 category as part of the Hyundai Motorsport Driver development Program.

So far the ace Finn, 23, has been confirmed for the world rounds in Sweden and Mexico alongside regular co-driver and compatriot Antti Linnaketo. He’s intent on making the most of his dream opportunity.

“I will make it my aim to deliver against the team’s expectations in each of the rallies in which we will compete,” said Huttunen. “It will be a learning curve and I intend to make the most of the opportunity. Sweden and Mexico are two diverse events, so we will have to be on top of our game from the start. We have a great car and a lot of optimism, which we will try to translate into positive results in these first two events.”

Huttunen’s progression to the world championship is firmly in line with the ERC’s aim to provide talented drivers with a clear and structured route from national to international level. Stéphane Lefebvre is another notable ERC Junior graduate competing in the WRC.

Efrén LLarena’s preparations for FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship success have progressed with confirmation that Mavista Sport will run his Rally Team Spain entry during the upcoming season.

The start of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship season has moved a step closer with the publishing of the Azores Airlines Rallye key timings.

Frank Tore Larsen hopes his Azores Airlines Rallye redemption mission will be the catalyst to an FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship attack in 2018.

FIA European Rally Championship event winner Nikolay Gryazin is in for a great time when he makes his debut on the Sigdalsrally in Norway this weekend (20-21 January).

The FIA held its largest and most successful rally sporting and safety seminar to date with 173 participants from 38 countries attending the event in Dublin, Ireland, last Saturday.

Drivers planning to contest the FIA European Rally Championship in 2018 can register to do so following the opening of registrations at the FIA.