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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.

Laurent Pellier is on an exciting learning curve in Czech Republic this week – thanks to the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC Junior Experience.

Radomír Kupec admits he won’t be as prepared as he would like to be for his Barum Czech Rally Zlín debut this week.

Jan Kopecký, the winner of the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship, is returning to the series that helped to make him a star when Barum Czech Rally Zlín gets underway on Friday.

Marijan Griebel is already in “race mode” heading to Barum Czech Rally Zlín when he will continue his pursuit for his dream prize drive.

Alexey Lukyanuk has vowed to pay more attention to his pacenotes when reconnaissance for round six of the FIA European Rally Championship begins in Zlín tomorrow morning (Wednesday).

Tibor Érdi Jr has issued a warning to his FIA ERC2 rival Zelindo Melegari ahead of Barum Czech Rally Zlín.