When ERC Juniors Griebel and Ingram aced it in the Azores

When ERC Juniors Griebel and Ingram aced it in the Azores

16/04/2017 12:00

Marijan Griebel and Chris Ingram were top dogs in last season’s FIA ERC Junior Championship, finishing first and second in the final 2016 table.

At the start of the new, two-tier ERC Junior era, both were on top form when the 2017 campaign began on the Azores Airlines Rallye recently.

Griebel (pictured right with co-driver Stefan Komczyk) cemented his glowing reputation by winning the ERC Junior Under 28 category in a fine second overall, while Ingram won in ERC Junior Under 27 following a dramatic end to the event.

The Briton had been leading nearing the final loop of stages but slipped behind Opel team-mate Jari Huttunen when his ADAM R2 began to falter. But he hit back and won the class when Huttunen suffered problems of his own 200 metres from the finish of the last stage.

Griebel and Ingram will be in the hunt for more ERC success on next month’s Rally Islas Canarias.

Pierre-Louis Loubet “feels ready” for his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship debut after driving BRC Racing Team’s Hyundai i20 R5 for the first time during Azores Airlines Rallye testing yesterday (Monday).

Paulo Nobre will return to international rallying after a five-year gap when he embarks on a full-season campaign in the FIA European Rally Championship.

Dominik Brož hopes the technical problems that hampered his progress in 2017 will be a thing of the past when he bids for FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship success this season.

Miguel Correia will make his FIA European Rally Championship debut when he lines up on the Azores Airlines Rallye this week.

Fabian Kreim will look to his outing on the Asia-Pacific championship-counting Coffee Day India Rally in 2016 when he begins his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 bid on the Azores Airlines Rallye this week.

A fully recovered Bruno Magalhães says there’s no reason why he can’t begin his 2018 FIA European Rally Championship campaign by repeating the shock victory he scored on São Miguel 12 months ago.