Mon 20 Feb 2023

Austrian hopeful Kramer makes Junior ERC move

Austrian Alfred Kramer Jr is preparing to follow in the wheel tracks of compatriot Simon Wagner by launching a bid for FIA Junior ERC Championship success.

Wagner first entered the FIA European Rally Championship’s young driver category in 2017 and is now getting ready to challenge for the overall title in 2023 after progressing through the ERC ranks.

Kramer Jr, meanwhile, is hoping to transfer experience gained from the Croatian championship to the ERC when he embarks on his maiden European campaign alongside Danish co-driver Jeannette A. Kvick. Slovenian team OPV Racing Cars will run Kramer Jr, 25, and Kvick, 42, in a Peugeot 208 Rally4.

“After the successful season in the Croatian championship, which ended with the overall win in the 2WD class and in the Junior class, we are ready and focused to take the next big step in the world of international rallying,” said Kramer Jr. “The car for this fascinating season will be a Peugeot 208 Rally4 supported by the experienced Slovenian team OPV Racing Cars. We are happy to extend our cooperation with OPV Racing Cars for the 2023 season, which worked perfectly in the previous season.”

Kramer Jr began his competition career in circuit racing. After five seasons competing in different one-make categories he tried rallying for size. However, with the bulk of his experience gained on Tarmac, a gravel-based testing programme is planned ahead of the Junior ERC season getting underway on ORLEN 79th Rally Poland from 19 - 21 June.

“Before the season opener in Poland, two test days are planned to earn some gravel experience and to be 100 per cent ready to fight for championship points from the beginning of the season,” Kramer Jr continued.

“The team is thankful for all the sponsors and supporters who are making our dream to drive a full international championship come true. We are looking forward to an extremely exciting season of rallying.”

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