Tuesday 30 April 2019

Guerlain Chicherit: "It's been a weekend of ups and downs"

PHOTO CREDIT: GC Kompetition.
The second round of the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship got off to a positive start for GC Kompetition’s Guerlain Chicherit claiming second place in the first qualifying heat, but the positive start was short lived when he suffered from a loss of power in the second qualifier. 

The Frenchman suffered from engine issues in Abu Dhabi, which his team were unable to solve ahead of the Barcelona race weekend and he required an engine change. 

“It’s been a weekend of ups and downs for us - some really good race pace and solid starts but unfortunately also technical issues that have cropped up again following Abu Dhabi that we didn’t manage to fix fully in the time in between races," said Chicherit 

Chicherit qualified for semi-final 1 alongside his junior team drivers Guillaume de Ridder and Cyril Raymond.

After a slow start in the semi-final, he ended up 6th at turn 1. He took the joker lap on lap 1 to allow himself clear air to push ahead to catch with the rest of the field. He was unable to overtake to fight for a place in the final, Chicherit ran wide on the last straight to block Timerzyanov enabling his GCK Academy driver Cyril Raymond to claim 3rd for a place in the final.

"Overall, we’ve had a good first European race of the season though and the incredibly hard work of the entire team is really coming together now," he said.

Despite a messy weekend in Barcelona, Guerlain Chicherit is confident that his teams [GC Kompetition and GCK Academy] can achieve better results in the coming races. 

"We’ve certainly shown a lot more confidence on the track in pushing for positions and having 3 cars in the semi-finals and our very first final for our young team GCK Academy is an incredible result and I’m really proud of both Guillaume and Cyril who’ve developed hugely since sitting in the GCK Clio R.S. RX for the first time."

"We’ll be busy now to get all four cars ready for Spa, Belgium, for even better results.”

TEXT - Junaid Samodien

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