Two-time Indian National Rally Champion Amittrajit Ghosh will compete in selected rounds of FIA European Rally Championship this year, it has been announced.
Ghosh’s partial ERC campaign will begin with Acropolis Rally in Greece from June 01-03, ahead of a planned full-season campaign in 2019.
The London-based Indian native will drive a Ford Fiesta R2, which comes fitted with a 170 bhp engine, adjustable Reiger dampers, Eibach springs and AP Racing brakes, in the ERC3 category.
His car will be serviced by Baltic Motorsport Promotion, a renowned company based in Latvia.
“It is a proud moment for us to become the first Indian driver, co-driver and team to be competing in the ERC, second only to the World Rally Championship.”
“Our aim will be to gather valuable miles and experience through this year, in preparation for an all-out assault in the next. I want to thank RRPM for getting us here and our new sponsor, Pana Education, for coming on board at this important juncture of our career.”
Ghosh will be ably assisted by long-time co-driver Ashwin Naik, who also partnered him in his successful British Rally Championship assault a few years that yielded a podium finish.
To prepare for his ERC debut, he will compete in Rally Talsi, a round of the Latvian Rally Championship, later this weekend.
“I am treating Rally Talsi as a test event to get used to the car. Like they say, there is no better practice than match practice,” he said.
The Kolkata-born driver is also mulling a planned debut in the World Rally Championship, which could potentially pit him against Mahindra INRC teammate Gaurav Gill.
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