2015 ERC2 champion David Botka has secured a new car as he prepares an assault of the 2016 FIA European Rally Championship.
The Hungarian driver, who won the Production category in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX, has acquired a Citroen DS3 R5 in a bid to challenge the for the outright ERC title. Botka will debut the Citroën on the forthcoming Santa Claus Rally in Hungary.
“Botka Rally Team has bought Citroën DS3 R5 car, and now the team is working on getting new sponsors to be able to do again a complete season in the 2016 ERC,” confirmed team manager Levente Kazinczky. “In December we will have the first small gravel test rally with the new car in Hungary, and we hope we can be there in the next ERC season with this car!”
Botka was involved in a season long battle with rival Voijech Stafj for the ERC2 title with the Hungarian winning three of the last four rounds, the Mitsubishi driver also won two stages outright on the Acropolis Rally. Botka secured the series win on the final round on the Rallye Internationale du Valais in Switzerland.
The 2016 European Rally Championship will kick off in Latvia on February 5 on the snow covered Rally Liepaja.