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Amittrajit set to become first Indian to compete in FIA European Rally Championship

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Multiple National Racing and Rally Champion, Amittrajit Ghosh will become the first Indian to compete in the prestigious FIA European Rally Championship.

Making the annoucement, Team RRPM today said their star will begin his campaign in Round 3 of the Championship, the EKO Acropolis Rally 2018, to be held around the city of in from June 1 to 3.

The Kolkata lad, who will have by his side, has decided to take part in a few carefully chosen rounds of the ERC to gain experience at this level of

Speaking from London, Amittrajit, also a Team Mahindra Adventure in the MRF FMSCI INRC 2018, said, It is a proud moment for us to become the first Indian driver, and team to be competing in the ERC, second only to the World Rally Championship.

He added, 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.

Amittrajit, who has won the twice (2012 & 2013) and National Racing Championship once? (2005) besides winning the Challenge and the in the 1400cc category, also has the distinction of becoming the first Indian to gain a class podium in his maiden attempt in

team will be driving a Ford Fiesta car in the ERC 3 category. The car is powered by a 170 bhp engine mated to a five-speed sequential gearbox.

The car is also equipped with adjustable Reiger dampers, Eibach springs and AP Racing brakes. Servicing and running of the car will be undertaken by Baltic Promotion, a renowned company from

In preparation for the demanding ERC, Amittrajit will take part in Rally Talsi 2018, a round of the Latvian Rally Championship, later this week.

Amittrajit said, 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.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 19:25 IST
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