Ex-downhill mountain bike star Erik Cais goes to compete in Rally2-specification Ford Fiesta R5 MkII.
The Yacco ACCR Team driver sets new objectives for third season of international competition
Cais: “I still need experience to fight with the best guys, to get the best results”
Erik Cais will continue his rise up the ranks in the FIA European Rally Championship, enrolling in the ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory and plotting a push for outright podiums alongside co-driver Jindřiška Žáková.
Preparing for only his fourth season of rallying following his switch from downhill mountain bike racing, the 21-year-old Czech will count on the expertise of Orsák Rallysport to oversee his MICHELIN-equipped, Yacco ACCR Team-entered Ford Fiesta R5 MkII.
As well as undertaking an ERC campaign, the highly-rated Cais is planning to contest Croatia’s inaugural FIA World Rally Championship round in addition to selected events in his homeland. He will launch his 2021 season on Rally Il Ciocco e Valle del Serchio in Italy.
“We will see how it will be with the economic and pandemic situation, but we would like to fight for the podium in ERC,” said Cais, who finished fifth in ERC1 Junior last season, his first at Rally2 level. “But it will not be easy because there will be 10 to 15 competitors from around Europe with the same ambitions.”