ERC - Lappi to make return in Czech Republic

Rising star Esapekka Lappi will make his return to the FIA European Rally Championship in Czech Republic next week – but not before he’s competed on the Malaysian Rally in temperatures exceeding 40 degrees centigrade.

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The gravel event is a round of the Asia-Pacific championship, which the 22-year-old currently leads following wins in New Zealand and Australia this season in a works-supported ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000.

“It’s going to be quite a difficult rally in 40 degrees,” said Lappi, who won last season’s ERC-counting Rally Poland.

“Then I will come to Zlín, which won’t be easy because I here it’s a hard event and there will be a lot of fast drivers there.”

Barum Czech Rally Zlín will be Lappi’s fifth start on asphalt following a career spent largely competing on gravel and snow in his native Finland.

He will drive a ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia.

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