ERC Junior pre-Poland driver quotes

ERC Junior pre-Poland driver quotes

14.06.2021: ORLEN 77TH RALLY POLAND, JUNE 18-20 FIA ERC Junior Championship 2021, Round 1 of 6 FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2021, Round 1 of 6 The 2021 FIA ERC Junior and FIA ERC3 Junior championships fire into life on ORLEN 77th Rally Poland this week.

FIA ERC Junior Championship 2021, Round 1 of 6
FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2021, Round 1 of 6

The 2021 FIA ERC Junior and FIA ERC3 Junior championships fire into life on ORLEN 77th Rally Poland this week.

Jon Armstrong (GBR) ERC Junior
Co-driver: Phil Hall (GBR) Team: M-Sport Poland Car: Ford Fiesta Rally3

“I’ve been really excited about the Fiesta Rally3 ever since my first test drive this year. I was quite keen to drive the Fiesta Rally3 again this year to be one of the first in the category and enjoy it. Rally Poland is amazing, I was there in 2016 for the Fiesta Trophy and got my first international rally category win, I’ve got fond memories from then.

Poland has nice roads and it’s a good opportunity for me and Phil to develop ourselves, see what the Rally3 category is all about and it’ll be quite cool to be working with M-Sport Poland on their home round.”

Ken Torn (EST) ERC Junior
Co-driver: Kauri Pannas (EST) Team: M-Sport Poland Car: Ford Fiesta Rally3

“I’m happy that we are finally back in the car ready to start our ERC Junior Championship campaign. I am driving the M-Sport Fiesta Rally3 this year which is four-wheel drive and built by M-Sport Poland. I worked with the team to help develop this car and I feel privileged to be making the Fiesta Rally3’s ERC debut on M-Sport Poland’s home rally. I can’t wait for the new challenge and to what the Polish roads bring us.”

Giovanni Benvenuto Baruffa (ITA) ERC3 Junior
Co-driver: Simone Brachi (ITA) Team: Baldon Rally Team Car: Peugeot 208 Rally4

“The major objective for us will be to know the special stages, improve every race and do as many kilometres as possible without breaking anything! Simone and me will do everything we can to achieve some good results. Rally and in general motorsport has always been a part of our life.

My dad, Albrecht, is a well-known co-driver in Italy and he, for sure, gave me the passion of this beautiful sport when I was a kid. I'd like to thank my family, my sponsors and the Baldon Rally Team that give me the opportunity to do a beautiful experience like this. In particular I'd like to thank our main sponsor, Ideandum, that has supported us since last year and will continue to do so again this year.”

Alejandro Cachón (ESP) ERC3 Junior
Co-driver: Alejandro López (ESP) Team: Rallye Team Spain Car: Peugeot 208 Rally4

“Poland is the first destination for our programme in the ERC with Rallye Team Spain. We have plenty of work to do but we will make the most of the opportunity and I can’t wait to start on the stages. After many months of waiting for this moment I still don’t believe it’s happening.

Today we’ve had the first contact with this kind of stages and the feeling has been amazing! We’ll have to make perfect pacenotes to feel the confidence you need if you want to show your skills in this unique rally.”

Jean-Baptiste Franceschi (FRA) ERC3 Junior
Co-driver: Arnaud Dunand (FRA) Team: Toksport WRT Car: Renault Clio Rally4

“I am thrilled to be back in the FIA ERC. It is a championship with an extremely high level of competition and I am also proud to be joining a French brand to represent it on the European scene. I am looking forward to discovering Clio Rally4. As we all saw in Le Touquet, the car has tremendous potential. I can't wait to get behind the wheel and see what it can do on gravel and Tarmac.

We all want to be challenging at the front and beat the competition from across Europe and we’re going to do everything we can to achieve that. I can’t wait to be in Poland to start working with Renault and Toksport WRT and I’m convinced we’re all set to have a great season.”

Kasper Kasari (EST) ERC3 Junior
Co-driver: Rainis Raidma (EST) Team: OT Racing Car: Ford Fiesta Rally4

“The ERC3 Junior Championship is the right choice to step up in rallying. There are many fast drivers and fantastic rallies ahead. We would like to show good pace and gain as much experience as possible. The prize package gives us a big motivation boost and a really good opportunity to grow as a driver. Our long-term ambitions and goals are to drive a 4WD car on the highest level.”

Martin László (HUN) ERC3 Junior
Co-driver: Dávid Berendi (HUN) Team: M-Sport Racing Kft Car: Peugeot 208 Rally4

“I’m very motivated with my team to score the best results what we can gain on all the events in the ERC3 Junior Championship.”

Nick Loof (DEU) ERC3 Junior
Co-driver: Hugo Magalhães (PRT) Team: Orsák Rallysport Car: Ford Fiesta Rally4

“Even though the season opener on gravel will be a big challenge for us, we look optimistically into the future. We have built a strong team and we will work hard to be prepared in the best way for our first ERC3 Junior outing. I am proud to have fantastic partners by my side. To begin an international career, the ERC is the best way to start. The challenge is really good with many participants.”

Amaury Molle (BEL) ERC3 Junior
Co-driver: Florian Barral (FRA) Team: TM Competition Car: Ford Fiesta Rally4

“I am really happy with this new adventure that awaits us. After several months of reflections and discussions following many interesting proposals, my choice fell on this programme with the French team TM Competition for their strong experience, competitiveness and determination.

For this season in the ERC I will obviously have by my side Florian Barral for our third year together in order to achieve our principal target: to win these 2021 title. We are particularly happy to launch on this exciting challenge that awaits us and you can count on us and our determination to give the best of ourselves.”

Nikolai Landa (AUT) ERC3 Junior
Co-driver: Günter Landa (AUT) Team: Drift Company Rally Team Car: Ford Fiesta Rally4

“My main goal is to compete in the full ERC3 Junior season. The big thing I want to improve in 2021 is my feeling in the car. I think I just have to enjoy every second and the pace will come by its own. Last year I tried to force myself to be fast but that is not sustainable.

The stages I enjoy the most are always my fastest stages. My aim will not to be the fastest guy in ERC3 Junior because I know that this will not happen as I’m missing a lot of experience. But I try to be the guy who will learn the most over the season so let’s see what 2021 will bring.”

Norbert Maior (ROU) ERC3 Junior
Co-driver: Francesca Maior (ROU) Team: ToppCars Rally Team Car: Peugeot 208 Rally4

“I’ll start by saying that I am very happy to have the chance to participate in Poland. My focus and Francesca's focus is to gain as much experience as we can and learn as much as possible. We do not aim for a result, it is the first time on gravel with this car, so we will try to adjust quickly and increase the pace gradually. Gravel is also my favourite surface, so we hope to enjoy this rally.

 We are currently starting the season in Poland and we hope to have the chance to compete in the other ERC Junior events. It is not certain that we will be able to do it all season, but we will do our best to have the necessary support to be at the start of as many events as possible.”

Ola Jr Nore (NOR) ERC3 Junior
Co-driver: Jørgen Eriksen (NOR) Team: Toksport WRT Car: Renault Clio Rally5

“I am very excited and have high expectations for the freshly developed Clio Rally4. It will be interesting to see how fast I can learn the car. As an ERC rookie I am I looking very much forward to all the different rallies and getting back in the car after a long break.

Together with my new co-driver Jørgen Eriksen and Toksport WRT I’ll do my very best to challenge the more experienced drivers throughout the season.”

Sami Pajari (FIN) ERC3 Junior
Co-driver: Enni Mälkönen (FIN) Team: Porvoon Autopalvelu Car: Ford Fiesta Rally4

“The ERC is a perfect way to get more experience from big international events and, at the same time, keep the competitive feeling during the breaks between the JWRC rounds. As we have seen in the past the level of competition in the ERC has also been super and many, many big names have been doing the ERC at some point of their careers. When you are in a competition, you will do your best and try to win.

 We know there are very good prizes for the winner, but it’s not only me who would like to catch that. I’m just super-grateful to all my sponsors and supporters because I wouldn’t be here without them.”

Daniel Polášek (CZE) ERC3 Junior
Co-driver: Kateřina Janovská (CZE) Team: Yacco ACCR Team Car: Ford Fiesta Rally4

“The Blaufränkischland Rally in Austria in March was my first rally abroad and also first start with the Ford Fiesta Rally4. Before I was driving it only on test tracks in Bělá pod Bězdězem and Kopřivnice. Comparing to the Opel ADAM Cup car I drove last season it is a really big step.

The car is going much faster and working perfectly. We can confirm our participation on the first four races in ERC3 Junior. Our main target for this year is to gain experience.”

Richard Rodgers,  photos FIA ERC


14.06.2021 / MaP

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