Pirelli wins FIA European Rally Trophy with Mrlik

Christian Mrlik (photo credit: Harald Illmer)

Pirelli has added another championship title to its collection in the world of rallying this year. Austrian driver Christian Mrlik won the FIA European Rally Trophy last weekend at the all-gravel Rally Waldviertel in Austria, at the wheel of a Skoda Fabia R5. The final of the FIA European Rally Trophy brought together the top three drivers in each of the eight regional competitions sanctioned by the FIA. Rally Waldviertel – held in damp conditions with intermittent fog – was dominated by Pirelli drivers, who occupied all the top positions using the softest Scorpion K compound available (K8). Mrlik won with a margin of 2.8 seconds over Czech driver Jan Cerny in a similar Skoda – and more than two minutes over Hungary’s David Botka, driving a Citroen DS3 R5. The overall winner of the rally, who was not eligible for the European Rally Trophy, was another Pirelli driver: multiple Austrian champion Raimund Baumschlager. Pirelli’s rally activity manager Terenzio Testoni commented: “Our success in the European Rally Trophy is not only down to the qualities of our tyres, but also because they are preferred by leading privateer drivers all over Europe. The fact that the European Rally Trophy concludes with an Austrian, a Czech and a Hungarian driver in the top three places, driving two different types of car, is solid proof of that. This latest title completes Pirelli’s collection of European trophies, which started a couple of months ago when Kajetan Kajetanowicz picked up his second consecutive European Rally Championship title in a Ford Fiesta R5: yet another different model of car that has triumphed on Pirelli tyres.”


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