05
August
2017
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15:33
Europe/Amsterdam

Pirelli returns to the lead of the European Rally Championship

Kajetan Kajetanowicz Pirelli’s reigning European Rally Champion, Kajetan Kajetanowicz, has returned to the top of the overall classification thanks to a second-place finish on his home Rally Rzeszow in Poland. Pirelli-equipped drivers again proved their supremacy on the all-asphalt round five of the European Rally Championship, especially within the young driver categories.

Overall winners: Kajetan Kajetanowicz/Jarek Baran (Ford Fiesta R5). The two-time European Rally Champions regained the overall lead of the series with just three rounds to go – in the Czech Republic, Italy and Latvia – after perfectly managing Rally Rzeszow, their car, and their P Zero RK tyres from start to finish. Alexey Lukyanuk, returning to the championship following a serious injury earlier this year, put in a determined but ultimately unlucky performance, winning the opening stage of the rally before going off into retirement.

ERC Junior Under 28 winners: Marijan Griebel/Stefan Kopczyk (Skoda Fabia R5). The German crew were third overall in Poland, claiming the Under 28 win to reinforce their overall lead of this hotly-fought category, which carries a prize drive on the World Rally Championship.

Marijan Griebel ERC Junior Under 27 championship winners: Jari Huttunen/Antti Linnaketo (Opel Adam R2). The factory Opel crew from Finland claimed their first win in the Pirelli-equipped Under 27 championship, which offers a 100,000-Euro prize, with a perfectly measured drive. Their Opel team mates Chris Ingram-Elliott Edmondson continue to lead the standings overall.

ERC Ladies’ Trophy: Nineteen-year-old Italian Tamara Molinaro (Opel Adam R2) won the category to take a commanding lead in the overall ladies’ class on the European Rally Championship.

ACI Team Italia: Luca Bottarelli’s drive in a Toyota Motorsport GT86 CS-R3, supported by the Italian motorsport federation and Pirelli, ended halfway through the second leg when the Italian driver unfortunately went off.

Quotes: Pirelli driver Kajetan Kajetanowicz: “I could have been more aggressive on my home rally and tried to win, but this time I had a different objective: taking the overall championship lead again. There are three rallies left and I will do everything to maintain my lead.”

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