Being very well known for bringing lots of wildcard entries and also a ton of spectators, the next FIA World Rallycross Championship at Lohéac will also see lots of in-house talent eager to pull an upset the highest profile event of the season.
The first confirmation in the paddock was that Guerlain Chicherit comes back to the wheel of the JRM Mini RX after almost a year out of the British monster. Chicherit drove a Monster Energy-liveried Mini at Lohéac and Franciacorta, and now along with the French round he will participate of the events at Barcelona and Estering, hoping to improve from what he experienced last year, where after a slow start in France he scored a single point in Italy.
Another highlight is the presence of Adeline Sagnier, a Super 1600 ace in France that jumped into the Supercars in 2015 and now will try her luck against the top class World RX opposition, becoming the second woman to join the championship after Ramona Karlsson. Her machine of choice is a privately run Peugeot 207, but her partner, Jean-Baptiste Dubourg, conquered podium last year driving the outdated Citroën C4, so if everything goes right we can see another privateer show. Dubourg is also in the list, but now he updated his weapon of choice to a Citroën DS3, but with the opposition improving dramatically this year, it depends of his talent to repeat the podium and the feat of giving Petter Solberg a run for his money.
In the permanent teams there will be a change that will put a French driver in the wheel of a full-time car, as Kevin Eriksson will not race at Lohéac to focus in his RallyX Nordic title defence, giving place to Yann Le Jossec to drive the Olsbergs MSE Fiesta ST.
From the national rallycross championship a number of representatives will join the World RX grid to take advantadge of track knowledge, like Hervé “Knapick” Lemonnier, a well-known face in the World RX paddock, and Patrick Guillerme, Pascal Le Nouvel, Fabien Chanoine, Philippe Maloigne and Andros Trophy ace Jean-Philippe Dyaraut.
The World RX of France at Lohéac will occur in only two weeks on September 4th.
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