Sat 04 May 2024

Widłak praises “perfect” team after fighting back for ERC3 win

Igor Widłak credited his first FIA ERC3 Championship win of the year to his Grupa PGS RT mechanics after he fought back from being almost half a minute down to claim the Rally3 category victory on Rally Islas Canarias.

The Polish driver led after Thursday evening’s Las Palmas de Gran Canaria super special but dropped behind Kerem Kazaz on SS2 and reached the Friday night halt trailing the Turkish teenager by 29.0sec.


But with Kazaz hampered by an issue on his MRF-equipped Ford Fiesta Rally3, Widłak moved into first place with his fourth stage win of leg two. And it was a position he held to the finish, taking the top step of the podium by 35.2sec.


Co-driven by Daniel Dymurski in a Ford Fiesta Rally3 on Pirelli tyres, Widłak said: “Today was good, we were faster and gained better confidence. We had good fun and everything was perfect and every kilometre I completed was better.

“I took Barum Czech Rally Zlín for my comeback rally last year, I won but that was hard and now this event is even harder for a Tarmac rally but I also won so I am happy. My car and team were perfect, the work in the service was really good.”


Kazaz, who registered four stage wins alongside new co-driver Hugo Magalhães, said: “The stages are nice but something was not working with the car. I tried to keep the lead but I could not do more. I got more confidence and more experience on this rally but I was fighting for the win and the ERC3 points.”


As well as claiming his maiden FIA Junior ERC victory, Mille Johansson bagged the FIA ERC4 laurels aboard his Hankook-shod Opel Corsa Rally4. Calle Carlberg and Timo Schulz finished second and third respectively in their Corsa Rally4s.


The gravel-based BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia is next for the ERC3 and ERC4 crews from 13 - 15 June.

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