ERC Junior U28: Title battle goes down to the wire as Gryazin wins

ERC Junior U28: Title battle goes down to the wire as Gryazin wins

23.09.2018: Nikolay Gryazinís FIA ERC Junior Under 28 victory on PZM Rally Poland has set up a sensational showdown on the Latvia finale, with rivals Chris Ingram and Fabian Kreim completing the podium. While he successfully fended


Nikolay Gryazin’s FIA ERC Junior Under 28 victory on PZM Rally Poland has set up a sensational showdown on the Latvia finale, with rivals Chris Ingram and Fabian Kreim completing the podium.



While he successfully fended off Jari Huttunen for overall victory, Gryazin had openly paid more attention to beating Ingram and Kreim to class honours, safely navigating his Sports Racing Technologies-prepared ŠKODA Fabia R5 to the finish despite nursing worn tyres.



 ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland driver Kreim had entered this weekend as championship leader but found himself on the back foot, edged out by fellow Fabia runner Ingram.



Toksport WRT’s young charger steadily pulled away over the course of leg two’s six stages, scooping an overall podium as a bonus with his vital second place in ERC Junior U28. Kreim settled for third, 17.3s behind Ingram and 43.8s clear of a fantastic debut ERC performance by Miko Marczyk.



The ŠKODA Polska Motorsport driver had completed less than 200 kilometres of competitive stages on gravel before this event yet still scored fourth in ERC Junior Under 28, which earned him an overall top five finish.



 Filip Mareš (ACCR Czech Team) had a slow start to leg two, falling behind Tomasz Kasperczyk (Tiger Energy Drink Rally Team) on SS10 but quickly regaining fifth on the following stage, slowly building his advantage to finish 16.9s ahead of sixth placed Kasperczyk.



PEUGEOT Rally Academy’s young charge Laurent Pellier returned under Rally2 rules this morning following his retirement on leg one, having damaged his radiator when colliding with a hay bale.



There were no such dramas on leg two, bringing his PEUGEOT 208 T16 home seventh. Gryazin’s win has blown the ERC Under 28 title race wide open with only one championship round remaining, next month's Rally Liepāja.
 




Richard Rodgers, photos FIA ERC

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23.09.2018 / MaP

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