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Fast Track Learning For The Juniors
Posted by: newsla on Jul 25, 2014 - 03:39 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Fast Track Learning For The Juniors


The first half of the season, contested exclusively on gravel, is set to conclude at very high speed on roads through the Finnish forests and lakes. Junior WRC leader, having claimed two successive wins in Portugal and Poland, Stéphane Lefebvre will be one of the few drivers in the category never to have competed at Rally Finland before. Along with fellow debutants Aron Domzala, Quentin Giordano and Kornel Lukacs, the Frenchman will be looking to acquire experience quickly, against rivals who already have several appearances under their belt.

 

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Runners-up at the first two events, the German Christian Riedemann and the Briton Alastair Fisher will benefit from having racked up the miles here already. With three appearances apiece in Finland, they even did battle in the WRC3 class last year in DS3 R3s. However, both drivers had to retire on the second leg. Fisher was, at the time, the category leader.

Federico Della Casa and Molly Taylor also competed in Finland last year in DS3 R3s, a considerable advantage on a course where experience counts. Martin Koci, who competed here in 2012 and 2013, and Simone Tempestini, who lined up at the start last year, will also be able to get their bearings quickly on the Finnish roads despite the route having undergone extensive changes.

With two drivers finishing on the podium in Poland (Stéphane Lefebvre and Quentin Giordano), France holds first place in the Nations Trophy, with a 38-point lead over Germany in second, and a 39-point lead over Slovakia. Great Britain, Switzerland, Romania, Hungary and Australia complete the standings.

“We know that Rally Finland is particularly demanding,” emphasized Marek Nawarecki, Customer Racing Manager at Citroën Racing. “The crews that already have some experience of the event are certainly going to benefit. But it will just make the competition at the front even closer. The drivers are all well prepared. Domzala, Giordano and Tempestini even went to Estonia to get up to speed for the rally.”

SÉBASTIEN CHARDONNET READY FOR FINLAND IN WRC2

WRC3 champions and winners of last season’s Citroën Top Driver series in a DS3 R3, Sébastien Chardonnet and Thibault de la Haye are this year competing in the WRC2. Runner-up in Italy, the talented young Frenchman was forced to retire in Poland. Having recently competed in Estonia in the ERC, the DS3 R5 crew were able to prepare for Rally Finland on very similar road surfaces thanks to the support of the organisers and the local importer. After finishing in the points, they will be able to use the experience in Estonia to head into Rally Finland full of confidence in the DS3 R5.

“Sébastien showed his qualities in Finland last year in the DS3 R3,” added Marek Nawarecki. “This time, he’ll be getting his first experience of driving a four-wheel drive car with the new DS3 R5. After driving in Estonia, Finland will give him the chance to keep improving. The goal will be to start at a good pace and get among the leaders to give him a chance of recording the best possible result in the WRC2.”

THE TEN CREWS ENTERED

52 – Simone Tempestini (ITA) / Dorin Pulpea (ROU)

Driver date of birth: 12 August, 1994

Team: Napoca Rally Team

Last result: Portugal, 6th – Poland, retirement

53 – Aron Domzala (POL) / Zawada Przemyslaw (POL)

Driver date of birth: 1 August, 1989

Team: Creative Rally Solutions

Last result: Portugal, retired – Poland, 7th

54 – Christian Riedemann (DEU) / Lara Vanneste (BEL)

Date of birth: 27 August, 1987

Team: MY Racing

Last result: Portugal, 2nd – Poland, 5th

55 – Quentin Giordano (FRA) / Guillaume Duval (FRA)

Date of birth: 10 June, 1986

Team: PH Sport

Last result: Portugal, 10th – Poland, 3rd

56 – Martin Koci (CZE) / Lukas Kostka (SVK)

Date of birth: 5 April, 1993

Team: Gekon Racing

Last result: Portugal, 3rd – Poland, 4th

57 – Stéphane Lefebvre (FRA) / Thomas Dubois (FRA)

Date of birth: 16 March, 1992

Team: PH Sport

Last result: Portugal, 1st – Poland, 1st

58 – Molly Taylor (AUS) / Coral Taylor (AUS)

Date of birth: 6 May, 1988

Team: D Max Rally Team

Last result: Portugal, 8th – Poland, 8th

61 – Federico Della Casa (CHE) / Domenico Pozzi (ITA)

Date of birth: 17 July, 1991

Team: D Max Rally Team

Last result: Portugal, 4th – Poland, 9th

62 – Alastair Fisher (GBR) / Gordon Noble (GBR)

Date of birth: 30 July, 1988

Team: DGM

Last result: Portugal, retirement – Poland, 2nd

63 – Kornel Lukacs (HUN) / Mark Mesterhazi (HUN)

Date of birth: 5 September, 1991

Team: Wurmbrandt Racing

Last result: Portugal, 11th – Poland, 6th

2014 JUNIOR WRC DRIVERS’ STANDINGS

1 Stéphane Lefebvre 50 points
2 Christian Riedemann 28 points
3 Martin Koci 27 points
4 Alastair Fisher 18 points
5 Quentin Giordano 16 points
6 Federico Della Casa 14 points
7 Simone Tempestini 8 points
8 Molly Taylor 8 points
9 Kornel Lukacs 8 points
10 Jan Cerny 6 points
11 Aron Domzala 6 points
12 Panikos Polykarpou 2 points

NATIONS TROPHY

1 France 66 points
2 Germany 28 points
3 Slovakia 27 points
4 Great Britain 18 points
5 Switzerland 14 points
6 Romania 8 points
7 Hungary 8 points
8 Australia 8 points
9 Czech Republic 6 points
10 Poland 6 points
11 Cyprus 2 points


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