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Winners and champions gather at ERC Awards Ceremony in Liepāja

Winners and champions gather at ERC Awards Ceremony in Liepāja

10/10/2017 00:00

Title-winning drivers and teams gathered for the FIA European Rally Championship Awards Ceremony in Liepāja tonight, 24 hours after the city’s gravel showcase brought the curtain down on the 2017 ERC season.

Castrol Ford Team Turkey, winner of the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams, FIA ERC Junior Under 28 champion Marijan Griebel, his FIA ERC Junior Under 27 counterpart Chris Ingram, FIA ERC2 champion Tibor Érdi Jr and ERC Ladies’ Trophy winner Tamara Molinaro were among the title winners in attendance.

Bruno Magalhães who lost out on the overall ERC title spoils to Kajetan Kajetanowicz, placed the Pole’s nameplate on the perpetual trophy after Kajetanowicz was unable to attend following the loss of a close friend in a helicopter accident on Sunday. Magalhães used the opportunity to congratulate his rival for his record-breaking third ERC title.

Alexey Lukyanuk – badly injured in a testing accident in early May – was given a standing ovation as he took to the stage to accept the Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy of the Year for his determined performances in 2017.

Meanwhile, there was a special presentation to ERC logistics co-ordinator Manel Martinez by François Ribeiro, the Head of Eurosport Events, the ERC promoter, for his outstanding services to the championship.

The 2017 ERC Awards Ceremony took place at city’s spectacular Great Amber Concert Hall. City Mayor Uldis Sesks was among the guests for the evening.

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.