JRM World RX saw an impressive turn of pace from their lone entry in the World RX of Germany as Guerlain Chicherit found more time in the BMW Mini Supercar and challenged for Qualifying race wins.
The Frenchman has seen action this year in both Spain and Latvia and this has built up his confidence in the upgraded Supercar in what has been a learning year for him in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship. Chicherit began well in Qualifying on Saturday as he finished in fourth place in his Q1 and Q2 races, leaving him in 23rd place overall at the end of Day One.
After making some setup changes to the car for Sunday, The French driver’s pace increased where he challenged for the win in his Q3 and Q4 races, however he was ultimately thwarted to due the changing track conditions and also making sure that he avoided contact during both races to bring the car home safely. Chicherit ended the event in 21st place.
Chicherit took away the positives from his performance during the event. “It was a good weekend on a great circuit – the Estering is a super technical track with very tight corners that got really slippery due to the rain! The car ran great, and we managed to make quite a few changes to the wet set-up this morning and then the dry set-up for Q4,” explained Chicherit.
“I got some good runs in, gaining more confidence in both wet and dry conditions and showed some competitive pace. This has served to make me more determined than ever to spend the whole winter testing and developing myself in World RX so I can come back much stronger next year.”
Team Principle James Rumsey was impressed with his driver’s performance. “Guerlain took another step forward in the MINI and, as we saw in Q3, he is really beginning to mix it now with his more experienced rivals. He is very happy with the progress he is making and justifiably so,” said Rumsey.
“I think we had the pace to win our Q4 race and that gives us cause for optimism moving forward. This has been another step forward for both Guerlain and us as a team that’s tackling its first full season in World RX.”