GCK AND PRODRIVE AT SPEEDMACHINE
WRX A FULL 2018
GCK AND PRODRIVE AT SPEEDMACHINE.
GCK at Speedmachine
27th May, Silverstone race circuit, United Kingdom
Round 4 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Silverstone race circuit in England saw GC KOMPETITION introduce its two GCK Mégane R.S. RX to the 27,000-strong British crowd at the inaugural Speedmachine festival with Jérôme Grosset-Janin finishing in 4th in the semi-finals
whilst Guerlain Chicherit missed out on the semi-finals finishing in 15th overall, having struggled with the launch set-up for all 4 qualifiers.
Changing weather on Saturday saw the quickly drying track result in decreasing race times as the various qualifying races went on and with Jérôme in race 1 and Guerlain in race 2, they had a way to fight back to make up time in the following qualifiers, finishing Q1 in 12th and 15th respectively.
Q2 saw both GCK drivers struggle with bad starts having to fight through the field with Jérôme driving cleanly to strongly finish in 9th overall whilst Guerlain found himself in traffic remaining in 15th overall.
Jérôme found his rhythm on Sunday in Q3 on this newly built track in the British sunshine and pushed his Mégane R.S. RX to stay in 9th overall whilst Guerlain suffered another missed start,
stalling, then fought his way back to finish 3rd in his race and 14th overall.
The final qualifier of the 4th FIA World Rallycross Championship at the world-famous F1 venue Silverstone had the crowds witness some incredible race action as some of the world’s best
drivers fought for a place in the semi-finals on a hot, dry track.
Jérôme showcased his growing confidence as he put down a strong drive to finish in P6 in Q4 putting him in 10th overall, whilst Guerlain had a misstart and finished his race in P3 and the weekend in 15th overall.
Jérôme lined up on the inside of row 3 in the second semi-final against Sebastien Loeb, Mattias Ekström, Timmy Hansen, Niclas Grönholm and Timur Timerzyanov.
After a good start, Jerôme worked his way to the inside of turn 1, where he fought back from position 6, managing to neatly overtake Timerzyanov in turn 1 of lap 5. He finished 4th behind
Loeb, Ekström and Grönholm. Guerlain Chicherit commented: «This weekend was a little frustrating for me as we’re trying to
improve the launch set-up for consistant strong starts, however, Jérôme showed some strong driving against some of the world’s most experienced Rallycross drivers and it was great to race in
front of our Prodrive home crowd – we both still have a bit of work to do to consistently perform in this environment and minimize mistakes, so we’re working hard to see us in the final again when you visit Hell in two weeks.»
Jérôme Grosset-Janin added: « Our weekend in Silverstone finished with a bang! Despite our suspension trouble in Q1 and Q2, our team put in a lot of good, hard work! The 4th best time
achieved in the practice rounds prove that all of our work is paying off.
Accomplishing a spot in the semi final was extremely gratifying, and we weren’t far off the final. I feel confident in the car and am happy with the evolution from race to race. Having the
opportunity to meet English fans and the families of our Prodrive team was the cherry on top of a good weekend.»
Inspired to create something different, innovative and of exceptional quality, GCK was founded by former freeskiing Champion and motorsport athlete Guerlain Chicherit in 2017. Encompassing his selection of unique, luxury ski and summer chalets in some of the most coveted holiday destinations, the
GC-Kollection, his creative agency producing unique, award-winning and thought-provoking designs and interiors, GC-Kreativ, and now GC-Kompetition, Chicherit’s latest venture – a professional Motorsport team that combines cutting-edge car design, the latest in technological developments and incredible brand marketing value with Championship-winning ability, supported by some of the biggest names in the industry. GCK is here to change the rules – in the paddock, on the track and amongst its fans.
Prodrive is one of the largest and most successful motorsport businesses in the world with international titles across many different categories including the World Rally Championship, Le Mans, World Endurance Championship and the British Touring Car Championship. Today, Prodrive runs the Aston Martin Racing team, the FAW-VW team in the Chinese Rally Championship, as well as continuing to support customers running the MINI WRC and special projects with Subaru.
About FIA World Rallycross Championship:
The FIA World Rallycross Championship is head-to- head, short, sharp racing on mixed surfaces (dirt and asphalt) contained within amphitheater venues. High profile drivers are equipped with RX Supercars with over 600bhp and the ability to accelerate from 0-60mph in less than two seconds. World RX debuted in 2014 with a 12-round calendar including events in Argentina, Turkey, Canada and throughout Europe. An expanded series was confirmed for 2015, with new rounds at Formula One venues Hockenheim in Germany and the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. In 2016, an all-new city race was held in Riga, Latvia, and in 2017 Rallycross added Africa to its schedule with a new round in Cape Town. The 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship.
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Media GCK Competition WRX 2018 / France
Prodrive is a world leading motorsport and technology business.
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Photos / Fotos: Nico Meyer / Janine Petri / NIM Photos/ Germany / by RRM WRC Argentina Magazine by Pablo MACHI / Media / Prensa GCK Competition WRX 2018 / France / Francia
28 May 2018 / Silverstone / Great Britain