ERC Junior U28 title showdown special: Gryazin will push but not to the max
Nikolay Gryazin has ruled out pushing to the “absolute max” in his bid to win the FIA ERC Junior Under Championship on this week’s Rally Liepāja.
Gryazin holds a seven-point lead over Chris Ingram, who is one point ahead of Fabian Kreim heading to the Latvian decider.
But with three wins compared to the single victories registered by Ingram and Kreim, Gryazin does not necessarily have to win the high-speed gravel event for the second year running.
“I am looking to have a good race in Liepāja,” said the Sports Racing Technologies driver, who turned 21 yesterday (Sunday). “We hope to win the ERC Junior Under 28 title and the event itself like last year and we hope everything goes to that plan! We will push for the U28s but not to the absolute max but, if possible, we will push for that overall spot also. But I have to be careful, as this is the last chance to score points for the U28s.”
If Gryazin wins the ERC Junior Under 28 title he can choose a one-off drive in a 2016-specification World Rally Car on a European round of the world championship or a grant of 100,000 euros as part of an overall ERC campaign.