After coming out victorious at the Latvian stage last month, drivers Emil Bergkvist (20) and co-driver Joakim Sjöberg’s (29) are headed to the second round of the FIA ERC Junior, at the high speed Circuit of Ireland Rally, on April 2 – 4, 2015.
The ADAC Junior Rally Cup is reserved exclusively for drivers born in 1988 or later, showcasing young talent behind the wheel in rally racing conditions. Through their victory, the drivers are staying surprisingly calm, and collected. Although they realize they have much to learn behind the wheel, they are eager to move forward and give the race their all.
“Even after our win in Latvia, my expectations are exactly the same as at the beginning of the season,” says Bergkvist. “I know that I still have a lot to learn, especially on asphalt. So in light of all the strong opposition in ERC Junior, the Circuit of Ireland will be a new and big challenge. At the same time, the ADAM R2 and the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team have proven their potential to win rallyes at this incredibly high level. So I have a good feeling about Ireland, and its close, fast stages will be tons of fun!”
The drivers aren’t thrown into amateur environments in the least, with challenging conditions sprawling the entire cup series. A total of 22 R2 cars from the RC4 category, including 19 teams registered in FIA ERC Junior, will tackle 18 extremely demanding asphalt stages totaling around 133 miles in length. Donegall Square in Belfast will be the site of the Circuit of Ireland Rally’s official starting ceremonies on Thursday evening. Watch for the Opel Adam tear up whatever terrain is thrown at it in glorious fashion.
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