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Raymond lined up for his first World RX final on the third row of the grid alongside Janis Baumanis and behind Timmy Hansen, Kevin Hansen, Nicolas Gronholm and Andreas Bakkerud.
Starting from the outside, Cyril ran wide into the first corner dropping to 6th. The Frenchman took the joker lap on the first lap behind Gronholm and showed strong pace. He eventually overtook Baumanis on the last lap to claim 5th place.
After the strong showing in Barcelona, Raymond slots into 5th in the drivers' championship standings.
“We had a near perfect weekend - 5th in the World Championship is huge for me, it’s a great result!" said Raymond. "To be among the top 5 World RX drivers is crazy."
Raymond praises the team for the Barcelona result. "Without the work of the team behind me, I could never have realized that we believed until the end, we always believed. Engineers and mechanics have done a lot of work on the Clio R.S. RX, I’m really happy for the team who really deserve this after the long months of hard work," he said.
"They are always there, they are full of support and it is great for the entire team, a big victory for our 2nd ever race."
Despite the strong result in Barcelona, the Frenchmen keeps his feet firmly planted on the ground.
"We need to stay concentrated, it’s a long championship but it’s only the second round in my first ever World Rallycross season and we have already achieved a top 5 spot so I’m very happy," he concludes.
TEXT - Junaid Samodien