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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.

José Suárez completed his maiden season of FIA European Rally Championship action by finishing second among the ERC Junior U28 contingent on Rally Liepāja to secure third in the final class reckoning.

Krisóf Klausz’s strong end to the 2017 FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship continued when he finished sixth in class on Rally Liepāja.

Aleks Zawada says there were “a lot of positives” after his bid for the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship – and the 100,000 euros prize fund – ultimately ended in disappointment in Latvia earlier this month.

Kalle Rovanperä says Nikolay Gryazin is the ultimate rival after the talented young guns locked horns on the closing round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship recently.

Jari Huttunen has spoken of his disappointment after losing out on the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 title to Opel team-mate Chris Ingram in a final-round decider in Latvia earlier this month.

Łukasz Habaj wishes his first podium in the FIA European Rally Championship had come in happier circumstances.