Mon 29 Jan 2024

Daprà credits ERC experience for aiding WRC2 step up

Roberto Daprà says experience gained competing in the FIA European Rally Championship for two seasons will help him during his step up to FIA WRC2 in 2024.

Daprà, the 2023 ERC4 champion and Junior ERC runner-up, made his WRC2 debut on last week’s Rallye Monte-Carlo. With Luca Guglielmetti co-driving, Daprà was in a strong seventh position in class and fifth among the WRC2 Challenger contingent when he stopped on SS12.  

The 22-year-old from Italy restarted on Sunday and completed the Wolf Power Stage as the fourth fastest WRC2 Challenger driver, despite his lack of experience in Rally2 machinery and the challenging Tarmac event.  

Daprà is now planning to contest the WRC2 events in Croatia, Portugal, Poland and Latvia and will decide between EKO Acropolis Rally Greece or the Central European Rally for his seventh and final WRC2 round of the year.

“In ERC we have done the rallies in Poland and Latvia and [we know some of the stages] also in Portugal and that’s one of the reasons why we make the big step to WRC2,” Daprà explained. “We have the possibility to have some pacenotes of the stages and driving for the second time on the rally is so much better than the first time so [the experience from the ERC] will be very important.”  

Asked about his targets for the remainder of the season, Daprà said: “I don’t want to say I will arrive first, second, fourth or the last one. I just want to drive to have fun and improve. When all works well and you drive good, the times come by themselves. I just focus on 100 per cent of me on the rally, prepare the rally watching the onboards and do the physical preparation and everything you need to drive a Rally2 car.”  

Daprà is also contemplating a programme in the Italian championship – which includes the ERC-counting Rally di Roma Capitale (below) from 26 - 28 July on its calendar – in an effort to build up his knowledge of Rally2 competition.

Starts: Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 4:31:00 AM
Starts: Friday, July 26, 2024 at 7:00:00 AM
Starts: Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 6:00:00 AM