The Madrid driver told us before leaving for the test: “We start again, doing a test rally in Luxembourg with similar roads that we will meet in Poland in a few weeks. I take this opportunity to thank the sponsors, especially Teo Martín and Rallycar, as it is a test outside the 2017 program without their help, it would not have been possible. “
The young Spaniard is now, the equator of the season of the European Rally Championship, one of the pilots with possibilities to fight for the title of Champion U28, Junior category of greater rank and importance, in addition to being well positioned within. Of the absolute championship.
In spite of the mechanical problems suffered in the Rally of the Azores, that took him the victory in the ERC Junior U28 and the second position scratch of said rally, the pilot of Madrid is second in the Championship after the success that obtained in Rally Islas Canarias , Winning in the category to be placed to only three points of difference of the leader Marijan Griebel. This is an achievement as it is surpassing expectations of Peugeot Sport, placing ahead of rivals with more experience and superior mechanics like Nikolay Gryazin, Ralfs Sirmacis or his own teammate José Antonio ‘Cohete’ Suárez.
In general, Lopez is fifth after missing the last two rallies, Acropolis and Cyprus. The absolute title is not within the plans of the Peugeot driver since he will only do the tests that score for the Junior U28, yielding points that rivals like Bruno Magalhães or Kajetan Kajetanowicz (first and second in the championship) have been able to take.
The next challenge for the young Peugeot Rally Academy is the Rzeszow Rally, which takes place between the 4th and 5th of August. This is an asphalt test that has little track in the ERC, so although there are more experienced pilots do not have so much knowledge of this event.