Zawada keeps ERC Junior title bid alive

Zawada keeps ERC Junior title bid alive

13/08/2017 06:00

Aleks Zawada returned to the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship podium on Rally Rzeszow, his home round of the young driver series.

Zawada, who also took a podium on the Azores Airlines Rallye at the start of April, remains firmly in contention for the 100,000 euros career progression fund on offer to the eventual champion.

Following his third-place finish in Poland, the MSZ Racing Opel ADAM R2 driver said: “A podium finish is always a good finish. I was aiming a bit higher before the event but the rally was extremely difficult. We have given it our all and we’re really pleased. I hope I did a good job for my sponsors and the Polish fans. We had a few problems with the brakes so I couldn’t drive as fast as I would like. Hopefully we can do it again next year.”

After three rounds, Zawada is third in the ERC Junior Under 27 points, 21 behind Chris Ingram.

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.