Mon 24 Jul 2023

Mares determined to convert Roma pace into strong ERC result

Filip Mareš wants more than stage wins when he contests Rally di Roma Capitale for a fifth time later this week (28 - 30 July).

Mareš set three fastest stage times – including on the Power Stage – during his fightback following his opening-stage exit with wheel damage on last year’s event.

Having tasted stage success on Italy’s FIA European Rally Championship counter, the Czech wants to at least emulate the fifth-place finish he scored in 2019.

“I’m really excited about Rally di Roma especially because of the entry list,” said the ACCR Entry Engineering-run driver. “For sure every ERC event is really full of big names but we are very happy to have the chance to compete against all these really fast drivers in Rome and it will be a really nice event for all of us.”

Mareš won the FIA Junior ERC category on the first Rally di Roma Capitale to count for ERC points in 2017. He’s a big fan of the challenging all-asphalt route, which begins in front of Rome’s historic Colosseum on Friday evening.

“I really like Rally di Roma and hopefully we can show some strong times,” said the 31-year-old, who pilots a Pirelli-equipped Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo in the ERC. “Last year we had some bad luck at the very beginning of the race and hopefully this time we will do the race without any issues or mistakes. If we can do that, I believe we can fight for the top five hopefully and this will be my objective for the weekend.

“We managed to win some stages last year and I really hope and believe we can be strong again. The big names will make it really challenging to fight for a top five but we will definitely try it. I will do my best to show our Tarmac pace.”

Radovan Bucha co-drives Mareš, who sits 12th in the provisional ERC standings after five rounds.

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