Spanish young star Pardo to do full-season in ERC3 Junior

by Pontus Lindroos

23-year-old Javier Pardo, one of Spain’s most promising young rally drivers, is FIA European Rally Championship-bound for 2020 after announcing an ERC3 Junior campaign in a Ford Fiesta R2T.

Pardo graduated from the ERC Junior Experience, a training program for young drivers who want to have a taste in rally, he was there between 2016 and 2018.

He has multiple titles in the Spanish Championships including Junior Gravel 2019. Now he and co-driver Adrián Pérez will run six rounds in the ERC3 Junior class which has three gravel and three asphalt rounds, including his home event Rally Islas Canarias.

Pardo will combine his ERC3 Junior program with a selection of events in Spain and Portugal at the wheel of the Suzuki Motor Ibérica supported Swift R4lly S.

Credit: Javier Pardo

“I am fortunate to be able to enjoy a season like this and that is why I am very happy, that Suzuki continues to trust me, the premiere of the Swift R4lly S and the programme with gravel, asphalt and a world championship event [in Portugal] is incredible.” Pardo said.

“The ERC programme really appeals to me to discover new rallies, fight with other pilots and add experience in all types of terrain. Driving a front-wheel drive again, although very different to the ones I’ve driven before, also motivates me to get it to the limit and to be an effective driver in all kinds of conditions and with any car.”

“It is very important to thank all the sponsors and collaborators who continue to support me to carry out these new projects. And above all, to Suzuki Motor Ibérica that allows me to make other programmes to evolve as a driver. Of course, there is no doubt that both Adrián and I are going to put all our effort to not let anyone down.” Pardo added.

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