ERC - National champions set for ERC opener

Four national champions will be in action when the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship kicks off on the International Jännerrallye.

Raimund Baumschlager, François Delecour, Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Jan Kopecký will all be competing on the Austrian event. For multiple Polish champion Kajetanowicz, his debut in Freistadt represents a dream come true.

“Only a couple of weeks ago, taking part was just a dream,” said the LOTOS Team Subaru Impreza driver. “Now, thanks to our partners’ support, I have the opportunity to make my dream come true and I’m starting in the first round of the ERC.”

Like Kajetanowicz, Delecour is also a Jännerrallye rookie. However, Baumschlager is an event regular while Kopecký triumphed in 2012 with ŠKODA Motorsport.

Based in Freistadt 40 kilometres north of Linz, the International Jännerrallye will run for the 30th time in 2013 when it opens the new-look ERC.

And this will be no easy start with undulating stages on snow and ice-coated asphalt roads providing a huge challenge for the crews in Upper Austria.

Key facts

Starts: 19:30hrs, Thursday 3 January, Freistädter Messehalle

Finishes: 17:15hrs, Saturday 5 January, Freistädter Messehalle

Entries received: 63

Stages: 18 over 248.46 kilometres

Surface: Asphalt (stages susceptible to snow and ice)

2012 winners: Jan Kopecký (CZE)/Pavel Dresler (CZE) ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000