Pedro Meireles has marked himself out as a likely frontrunner on the opening round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship
, the Azores Airlines Rallye, following his success on Rali Serras de Fafe yesterday (Sunday).While his plans for next month's Azores Airlines Rallye are unclear at this stage, as a combined Portuguese championship and ERC
qualifier, Meireles is expected to take part on the spectacular gravel event when he will no doubt be one to watch in the ŠKODA
Fabia R5 he shares with co-driver Mário Castro. Meireles took victory on Rali Serras de Fafe, the first event of the Portuguese championship season, by almost one minute ahead of José Pedro Fontes
DS3 R5) and João Barros (Ford
Fiesta R5). However, Meireles will be hard pushed to beat 2016 Azores Airlines Rallye winner Ricardo Moura
, who was in front by more than a minute having gone fastest on all stages up to that point when he was forced to retire on stage 11, which also accounted for ERC Junior
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