Petr Nešetřil has registered his Porsche 997 GT3 for entry to the upcoming FIA European Rally Championship which starts with this week’s Rally di Roma Captiale.
The Czech driver and his co-driver Jiří Černoch will contest up to three rounds in the ERC2 category against the likes of drivers in Mitsubishi Lancers, Subaru Imprezas and the Abarth 124 rally.
Nešetřil is looking forward to the task ahead as he runs the ERC campaign in tandem with the Czech championship and rounds of the FIA RGT Cup in 2020.
“My team and I are always looking for new challenges and the ERC is not only a logical choice but also a great opportunity to broaden our horizons on the most famous rally stages and to get unique experience with the best,” said Nešetřil.
Nešetřil started out in rallying with a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX before switching to Porsche in 2017.
“Porsche is a car full of positive emotions and the sound of the flat-six engine is like a drug!” said Nešetřil. “The RGT category may not be as large as the others but I am very enthusiastic in promoting this car at rally races and I am convinced this category has its place by right. I can see the car has many fans everywhere I come.”
While Nešetřil may not be a name familiar outside of his home country, he has tasted success in the Czech championship Class 4 title in 2018 and 2019
“My goals for this year basically overlap the long-term ones I follow: to improve my skills in different and difficult European rallies, to acquire more experience and deeper insight by comparing with other European drivers and their technical equipment. I try to get some points in our category and, most of all, to have fun.”
Along with taking part in Rally di Roma Capitale, Nešetřil plans to contest Rally Hungary from 6-8 November, while an outing on the ERC season-closing Rally Islas Canarias is also under consideration.