Satisfied ERC Junior Mareš fifth on R5 gravel debut
Filip Mareš declared himself “satisfied” after he placed fifth in the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship on PZM Rally Poland – his first start in an R5 car on gravel.
The ACCR Czech Rally Team ace, an ERC Junior Under 27 graduate, overcame several challenges – including a front-right damper issue on Sunday morning – and showed progress throughout in the Kresta Racing-run ŠKODA Fabia R5 he shares with co-driver Jan Hloušek.
“The first morning was very difficult for me but the feeling [on Saturday afternoon] was an other level from my point of view in terms of confidence and what is needed for gravel rallying,” said Mareš. “At the end, we took it easy because of the gap ahead over Tomasz Kasperczyk. We enjoyed the stages and the whole rally, so we’re satisfied with the result. I definitely improved on the second loop and I know where to find seconds to the fastest guys but it will take some time.”