Thu 13 Jun 2024

Junior ERC star Timo Schulz and scores in penalty shootout with a difference

Timo Schulz gave Germany bragging rights over Scotland as he defeated FIA Junior ERC rival Max McRae in a penalty shootout with a difference.

Rather than using their feet, two of the FIA European Rally Championship’s most promising young drivers got behind the wheel of their Hankook-equipped Rally4 cars to try to score from the spot.  


Twenty-four-year-old German Schulz, driving his Opel Corsa Rally4, scored the decisive penalty with his final effort, while Scot McRae was unable to hit the target in five attempts aboard his Peugeot 208 Rally4.

The penalty shootout took place during the build-up to host nation Germany playing Scotland in the opening game of the UEFA 2024 football tournament in Munich on Friday evening – and BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia, round three of the six-event Junior ERC season, getting under way.  


Afterwards, a jubilant Schulz, who drives for the ADAC Opel Rally Junior Team in Junior ERC, said: “It was a really difficult challenge, you had to get the ball at exactly 90 degrees with the car, and quite good speed to get the ball over the line. At least we did one good shot and that’s the win for us. Hopefully it will be a win for Germany in the rally and also the football game.”

TRT Rally Team-run McRae, 19, said: “It was a lot of fun and good to try something new, especially against another Junior ERC driver because that made it good competition. And it was nice before the UEFA 2024 game between Scotland and Germany. It’s time to focus on the rally now and that will be the only losing we’ll be doing to Germany this weekend.”

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