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Superb ERC Junior Under 28 line-up takes shape

Superb ERC Junior Under 28 line-up takes shape

16/02/2017 12:00

The FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship is set for a thrilling maiden season with several leading lights announcing exciting plans for 2017.

Young talents Nikolay Gryazin (pictured) and Ralfs Sirmacis will drive ŠKODA Fabia R5s for Sports Racing Technologies, while Pepe Lopez and José Suarez were announced as the Peugeot Rally Academy’s representatives in 208T16s on Monday.

A number of other young hopefuls are due to announce their ERC Junior U28 plans in the coming weeks.

The inaugural champion will receive a one-off prize drive in a 2016-specificaiton World Rally Car on a European round of the world championship next year.

Pedro Meireles has marked himself out as a likely frontrunner on the opening round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship, the Azores Airlines Rallye, following his success on Rali Serras de Fafe yesterday (Sunday).

Luca Rossetti bettered his 2008 season when he won the FIA European Rally Championship for the first time with three victories, this time taking four to seal title number two in 2010.

The Azores Airlines Rallye opens the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship season from 30 March-1 April. Here are the key dates.

Murat Bostanci and Bugra Bunaz began their preparations for this season’s FIA European Rally Championship with a test for Castrol Ford Team Turkey in Istanbul yesterday (Thursday).

Max Rendina will contest the FIA European Rally Championship in 2017, citing the “challenge” that a full-season campaign in the oldest international rally series will offer behind his decision to take part.

Marijan Griebel was a special guest as FIA European Rally Championship competitors met fans at an annual gathering near the city of Zlín, where Czech Republic’s ERC counter will take place in the summer.