Czech this out: McErlean and Fulton ready for the tarmac of Barum Czech Rally Zlin

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Motorsport Rally Academy driver Josh McErlean will contest his first tarmac FIA European Rally Championship event of the year in the Czech Republic this weekend.

McErlean’s last outing on asphalt was at the World Rally Championship counting Rallye Monte Carlo in January.

All of his recent events, in the World or European championship have been on gravel and the Derry man has admitted he going to Barum Rally Zlín to re-learn the nuances of asphalt driving again.

His next planned WRC event is the new-for-2023 Central European Rally  – some of which takes place in the Czech Republic – in October and this weekend’s Zlín-based event offers a great chance to learn more about the local surface before the main event later in the year.

“It has been seven months since Monte, we have been so long on gravel, it will take a while to bed in,” he said. “It is a bit like Ireland, lots of choppy, bumpy tar, but people forget I haven’t rallied in Ireland for four years.

“It will be a learning week, we will take it as it comes, with one eye on the Central European Rally at the end of the year.”

Barum Rally Zlín has been a  key component of the ERC schedule since the championship’s streamlining in 2004, the event is characterised by its bumpy, sometimes broken roads, high-speed sections in forests, changeable weather, and packed fan zones.

Words by Sean Moriarty Kerry Motorsport news

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