Munnings confirms Azores ERC run, chases extra funds

Munnings confirms Azores ERC run, chases extra funds

09/03/2017 at 11:00Updated 09/03/2017 at 11:09

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Catie Munnings will contest the opening FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship round in the Azores later this month as she continues her efforts to secure a full-season campaign.

Munnings, 18, is the defending FIA ERC Ladies’ champion and part of the first ERC Junior Experience intake, the championship’s renowned training scheme.

She has signed to drive a Peugeot 208 R2 for the Saintéloc Junior Team but needs additional funding to complete the six-event schedule alongside co-driver, Germany’s Anne Katharina Stein.

"I'm so excited to get back behind the wheel in a couple of weeks, apart from a short test in France last month I've not sat in a rally car since Latvia last year – which feels such a long time ago,” said Briton Munnings.

“We had a few hiccups over the winter months but are able to make the first round. We are working hard to secure the rest of the season and have a few exciting possibilities on the horizon but, for the moment, we’re taking it event by event. I've spent most of my time on the phone and in meetings and now can't wait to get on that flight to the Azores!”

Munnings took the ERC Ladies’ Trophy with wins in Belgium and Latvia and is eager to build on the experience she gained in 2016.

“The rallies in the calendar this year look amazing and there's going to be some great new competition,” she said. “I'm so excited to be a part of it. Hopefully, Anne and I will be able to pick up where we left last year and continue to increase the pace. I've set myself some big personal goals this year so bring it on.”

Munnings will battle Tamara Molinaro for ERC Ladies’ Trophy honours in the Azores with a third driver set to enter the spectacular gravel event from 30 March-1 April.

Clickherefor’s Catie Munnings interview.