Tuesday | 24 Nov 2015

Bertelli set for WRC return

Lorenzo Bertelli expects to return to the World Rally Championship in 2016 for a second season in the premier World Rally Car category.

The Italian tackled 12 rounds this year in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC run by his own FWRT team having taken the step up from WRC 2 where he finished third in 2014.

"I will decide soon, I still have to speak to some people," the 27-year-old told wrc.com. "I'd say it was very likely I will be here again but I'm not 100 per cent sure. I don't know if it will be the same set-up, with my own team. This is one of the things that needs to be agreed."

Bertelli's rapid progression through the classes - from PWRC-class Subaru to World Rally Car Fiesta in less than two years - led to a lot of on-the-job learning in 2015 and his finishing record reflects this.
Tenth places in Finland and the final round in Wales were highlights in a season that was otherwise incident-packed but, according to Bertelli, beneficial.

"This season wasn't so good but the end was very good," he said. "I've had a lot of trouble this year and also out of the rally, that's just how it is, but I don't want to stop like this. I want to continue and then next year I will try to make a bigger step forward. I learn a lot from the mistakes I have made this year and for sure I can progress in many areas."

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