European Rally Championship

Lukyanuk takes Rally Islas Canarias victory

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Alexey Lukyanuk won the Rally Islas Canarias ahead of Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Bruno Magalhaes in the 2017 European Rally Championship.

Lukyanuk dominated the event for the second year in succession and won 10 stages on his way to the victory in the Russian Performance Motorsport Ford Fiesta R5.

The Russian driver won ahead of Kajetanowicz by 57.2 seconds and despite receiving a 10 second penalty for a jump start and having a slight issue with a CV joint bolt, Lukyanuk was able to take control of the rally and not look back.

The double Rally Islas Canarias winner said on his victory: ““It’s great, we made huge progress in one year and were dominant here. I’m really proud for the performance and thanks to the sponsors and Pirelli for great tyres and our team for a great car. It means really much for us.”

The battle for second saw Magalhaes lead Kajetanowicz going into the second day of action however as the title leader was still getting to grips with his new car on tarmac, Kajetanowicz was able to take advantage and by the end of the day, took second by 6.4 seconds.

Iván Ares took fourth in the Hyundai i20 R5 with the result being the best finish so far for the car in the championship while fifth overall went to Luis Monzón  who passed ERC Junior 28 winner Pepe López on the timesheets after the final stage.

Cristian García finished seventh ahead of Sylvian Michel in eighth, while the ERC-returning Bryan Bouffier finished ninth after brake issues on day one hindered his progress. The top 10 was rounded out by German Marijan Griebel in the Skoda Fabia R5 who also took third in the ERC U28 class.

In ERC2, Tibor Érdi Jr led from start to finish in his Mitsubishi Evo 10 and won ahead of Sergey Remennik and Gilbert Bannout who was forced to drive for the majority of the event using only first, second and third gear.

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Chris Ingram made it two wins from two events in the ERC Junior U27 class in the Opel Adam R2 ahead of teammate Jari Huttunen with Karel Kupec taking three stage wins on his way to third in class.

Rounding out the top six in ERC Junior U27 were Marcos Gonzalez with stand in co-driver Ranquel Ruiz in fourth, fifth going the way of Bugra Banaz while Tamara Molinaro finished sixth.

The next round of the 2017 European Rally Championship is the Seajets Acropolis Rally between June 2-4.

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