Per Eklund was involved in recent racing, running in the 2nd round of the European Rally Championship in France a few weekends ago. Mike Jager reports that it turned out to be a story of persistance and capitalising on some good fortune that led to some success at the end of the day.
In the three preliminary heats, Eklund finished 10th, 15th and then 5th, the first two heats being far from an ideal start. Fortunately, that 5th time in the final heat was good enough to earn him an 8th place over all, and a place in the B-Final.
The B-Final sounds like it was an extremely competitive race. There were a series of “offs” that let Per race to the lead and hold off for the win and a place in the A-Final. In the A-Final, Per nearly came off too after getting a nudge, but managed to recover and hold on for fourth place.
From a 15th in the second heat to a 4th over all – a rewarding day’s work. You have to stay in the race in order to have a chance at success.
As there’s no pictures of Eklund whatsoever on the ERC website for the French race, we’ll have to make do with one from Portugal in the race prior.
This European Rally Chamionship is a pretty big deal and Saab have a darn fine entrant with this car and its veteran driver.
Per Eklund is currently 4th in the Championship after two rounds with 26 points. Kenneth Hansen is in 1st place with 32 so there’s not a lot separating the top 4 positions.
I recommend you go visit the ERC website and check it out, as well as visiting Mike Jager’s Per Eklund News site to catch up on all the build up to the season. We’re only 2 races in at this point so it’s going to be great to follow.
The next meeting is in Hungary, birthplace of the SaabDesign T-Shirt shop, on 2-3 June.