Stunning R5 debut by ERC Junior champion Bergkvist
Emil Bergkvist is using his ERC Junior title-winning prize-drive to show the world what a real star of the future the ERC has found, with a fantastic performance on the Rallye International du Valais in the Saintéloc Racing Peugeot 208 T16.
Co-driven by Joakim Sjöberg, the 21-year old ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team driver is sixth at the end of Leg 2 tonight, just 5.7 seconds behind experienced Swiss driver Florian Gonon (Peugeot 207 S2000).
On his first event in a four-wheel drive car, Bergkvist has been driving intelligently – getting used to the car and conditions on the first pass of a stage, before pushing a little bit more on the repeat runs.
His times on today’s last two stages have been particularly impressive. He was fourth fastest overall the second time through Veysonnaz (SS9), taking 7.2 seconds off his previous time through that stage. He was then third fastest on the second pass of Nendaz (SS10), taking a massive 13.2 seconds off his previous time – and flying very high over the famous jump!
“The day was good for us,” said Bergkvist modestly. “We started at our pace and in the last two stages we pushed a little bit more. We start to feel a bit more confident in the car and we are getting used to it a little more. We will try to continue like this tomorrow.”