Mattia Vita in Gran Canaria to kick-start Junior ERC return

Mattia Vita in Gran Canaria to kick-start Junior ERC return

10.05.2022: Mattia Vita makes a long-awaited return to the European rally stages this week when the Junior ERC season begins in the Canary Islands.



Mattia Vita makes a long-awaited return to the European rally stages this week when the Junior ERC season begins in the Canary Islands.

 

Italian driver Vita is one of 14 young drivers entered for round one at Rally Islas Canarias: a strong field made up of some of the most exciting up-and-coming rally talent from right across Europe.


The Junior ERC season will be held over the six remaining rounds of this year’s European Rally Championship, fought between drivers in two-wheel drive Rally4 cars fitted with Pirelli tyres.



This will not be Mattia’s first time driving the roads of Gran Canaria, although his previous visit in 2018 (during his last ERC campaign) lasted only 11 kilometres because of a mechanical problem. It means almost all of the stages will be new to he and co-driver Max Bosi in their Ford Fiesta Rally4.



The rally, based out of the island’s capital Las Palmas, has been an ever-present fixture on the ERC calendar since 2016. Former winners include Carlos Sainz Sr, who claimed five consecutive victories in the late 1980s during his rise to the top of the sport.



Its asphalt stages are characterised by the geography of the volcanic island, with a particularly abrasive surface constructed partly from lava. It means grip levels are high even if it rains, although tyre wear has to be managed carefully in dry conditions. The roads rise and fall steeply, so maintaining momentum through the corners is crucial: especially for the Junior ERC drivers in their front-wheel drive machines.



A city stage in Las Palmas will kick-start the competitive action on Thursday night. Friday and Saturday both feature two loops of three stages, forming a total of just over 194 competitive kilometres across the event.



Mattia says: “I
’m really looking forward to starting our season on Rally Islas Canarias. To be competing in Junior ERC once again is a great opportunity that I’ve been working hard to make happen. My last trip to Gran Canaria sadly didn’t last so long, but the roads looked amazing and I really hope we get to drive them all at full speed this time around. The Junior ERC field looks very strong this year, but we are here to test ourselves against the best and hopefully we can begin the season with a strong performance.”



 
Mattia’s car is backed by Forever Bambu, showcasing zero CO2 business practices with a unique carbon offset programme. This makes Mattia’s team the very first carbon neutral outfit in the European Rally Championship.




 Anthony Peacock- photo Vita

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10.05.2022 / MaP

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