GCK successfully debuts
at 2018 FIA World Rallycross season opener in Barcelona
The much-anticipated newcomer team, GC-Kompetition wrapped up a successful debut race weekend in front of 30,000 fans at Circuit de Catalunya with both Renault Mégane R.S. RX making it to the semi-final after 2 days of extreme conditions from wet to dry.
Saturday’s torrential rain resulted in extremely difficult conditions on the track, creating a steep learning curve for both team and drivers as they were trying to adapt to the unknown with Jérôme and Guerlain able to safely finish in 9th and 10th place
respectively at the end of day 1.
With feedback and changes made by Prodrive ahead of Q3, and the sun finally coming through on Sunday, the newly built Renault Mégane R.S. RX showed quickly improving pace throughout the day with Jérôme finishing Q4 in 10th overall and Guerlain in 11th, ready to battle in the semi-finals.
Guerlain started in the first semi-final against Petter Solberg, Johan Kristoffersson, Andreas Bakkerud, Timur Timerzyanov and Robin Larsson and after very strong start and some contact soon after, he managed to finish in 5th ahead of Larsson.
Semi-final 2 saw Jérôme go up against Sébastien Loeb, Timmy Hansen, Mattias Ekstrom, Nicholas Gronholm and Janis Baumanis. After an incredible start allowing for a big chance to make the final, contact with Gronholm saw Grosset-Janin finish his semi-finals in 5th also.
Guerlain Chicherit commented: “Sunday was a really amazing day for
GC-Kompetition. To have both cars in the semi-finals on our very first race weekend, first time in race conditions in a completely newly built car, was pretty good. We both had great starts, which shows real promise. It’s been a really positive weekend for us; now we finally know where we’re truly at and can start working on closing the gap and keep pushing, pushing, pushing the others. We’re super motivated to challenge the long-established drivers and make it to the podium soon.”
Jérôme Grosset-Janin added: “We had a great weekend and made the best of the poor weather conditions we had to work with on Saturday.
Our team does a great job despite the weather and I’m starting to feel right at home with them. We aren’t missing much to be in the finals. Congratulations to everyone and thank you for a great
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 schedule will include a race in Houston,Texas, at the Circuit of the Americas.