Sesks: I could have won ERC Junior in Latvia

Sesks: I could have won ERC Junior in Latvia

28/10/2017 12:00

Mārtiņš Sesks reckons he could have won the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 category on Rally Liepāja had it not been for his time-consuming roll on the opening day of the gravel event.

The Liepāja-based teenager was making his first start of of the ERC season in his native Latvia and showed plenty of pace in his Peugeot 208 R2, eventually finishing second in class to winner and new champion Chris Ingram.

“We could do better but the result after the roll is still quite good,” Sesks, an ERC Junior Experience participant, said afterwards. “We had good speed all weekend and I am pleased with our result. When I rolled I just came a bit too early, just 10 centimetres too early into the corner. It was muddy on the inside and the wheel just spun there and we rolled over. At the first moment I thought it was a heavy crash. I jumped out of the car and realised we could continue.”

Jan Kopecký, winner of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2013, is relishing the prospect of taking on Alexey Lukyanuk in this season’s Czech title battle.

It proved a successful weekend for several FIA European Rally Championship drivers with notable results in Azores, Czech Republic, Poland, Scotland and Slovenia.

Alexey Lukyanuk’s participation on this weekend’s Czech championship Rallye Šumava Klatovy won’t be a one-off as first reported.

Roland Stengg has chosen the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship for the “competition and coverage” it delivers as he embarks on a two-year European campaign.

Rhys Yates will put the experience he gained on his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship debut to good use when he contests a rally in Scotland this weekend.

Round two of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship is officially underway following yesterday’s launch in Las Palmas.