Gravel appeals for ERC Junior U27 frontrunners Sesks and Kristensson
Mārtiņš Sesks has vowed to be more “calm” when the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship resumes in Poland from tomorow.
Sesks has won the last two asphalt-based rounds of the series in his ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team ADAM R2 to open up a commanding 59-point lead. With gravel the Latvian teen’s favoured surface, Sesks is in a strong position to win the prestigious title ahead of his home event, next month’s Rally Liepāja.
“I was born on the kind of roads we’ll have in Poland and Latvia but I need to be calm and not think about the championship situation,” said Sesks (pictured right). “The main goal for Poland is the same as it was for all other rallies this season: make it to the finish without big mistakes.”
While Sesks last rallied on gravel in May, his team-mate Tom Kristensson – currently second in the standings – won his class on the recent East Sweden Rally in his homeland. He’ll also be a contender for victory.
“Luckily my co-driver Henrik and I had the chance to compete in the last round of the Swedish championship, which was held on gravel, and clinch a class victory," said Kristensson (pictured left). "This gave us a perfect opportunity to renew our good feeling on gravel. Rally Poland looks extremely challenging, with fast, tricky gravel roads. I am sure it will be big fun to tackle them in our ADAM R2. As it doesn’t make sense to think about the championship, for us the only goal is to do the best possible job together with our ADAC Opel Rallye Team and enjoy another great event in the ERC Juniors."