ERC junior gladiators aim for Capitale gains in Rome

ERC junior gladiators aim for Capitale gains in Rome

13.07.2018: RALLY DI ROMA CAPITALE, 20-22 JULY FIA European Rally Championship round 4/8 FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship round 3/6 FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship round 3/6 *Future stars to prove their talent during Italian asphalt adventure

 RALLY DI ROMA CAPITALE, 20-22 JULY

FIA European Rally Championship round 4/8
FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship round 3/6
FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship round 3/6



*Future stars to prove their talent during Italian asphalt adventure

*Magalhães tops overall standings as Lukyanuk plays title catch-up

*Italian championship aces also chase ERC points

*City stage in Rome and driving tour of historic landmarks among the highlights

 



Some of Europe’s brightest prospects for future world rallying stardom will be competing when Rally di Roma Capitale hosts the resumption of FIA European Rally Championship action from 20-22 July.
 


The all-asphalt counter, which features stages in and around the historic Italian city, marks the halfway point of the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship for young stars in R5 cars – plus the third of six FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship rounds, with drivers competing in R2 machinery on Pirelli tyres.
 


Chris Ingram and Nikolay Gryazin have done the winning in ERC Junior Under 28 so far this season and Ingram’s inclusion on the Rally di Roma Capitale entry list – in particular – will be a significant moment for last year’s ERC Junior Under 27 champion. I



llness forced him to stop early on Rally Islas Canarias and has kept him away from his Toksport WRT ŠKODA Fabia R5 until recently. Indeed, the Briton’s return to competition came on a recent practice event in Italy – Rally Internazionale del Casentino – which Russian Gryazin came close to winning, settling instead for second following a puncture in his Sports Racing Technologies Fabia.
 


While he’s yet to stand on the top step of the ERC Junior U28 podium, it’s ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland’s Fabian Kreim who tops the standings after a consistent start to the season by the double German champion.




Sweden’s Fredrik Åhlin and his British CA1 Sport team-mate Rhys Yates have also finished on the ERC Junior U28 podium and will be contenders in Rome with Yates also learning plenty on Rally Internazionale del Casentino.
 


Laurent Pellier returns to ERC Junior U28 duty for PEUGEOT Rally Academy after winning ERC3 on last month’s Cyprus Rally where class rival Hubert Ptaszek was also competing, two weeks after claiming his first outright ERC podium on the EKO Acropolis Rally.



Pellier got the opportunity to sample the bulk of the Rally di Roma Capitale stages in 2017 when he took part on the reconnaissance as part of the ERC Junior Experience training progamme.



After engine issues ruled him out of Rally Islas Canarias, Jan Černý will make his first ERC Junior U28 start of 2018 for the ACCR Czech Team. Černý claimed category honours in Rome last year in a Fabia R5 and is now armed with a Ford Fiesta R5.
 



- Richard Rodgers, photo FIA ERC

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