Jeanney returns to World RX with Pailler Competition

by Phil Kinch

If you ask anyone who is a fan, driver or team member involved in World RX about which driver should be competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship and isn’t, one name will be called again and again amongst many.

Davy Jeanney.

The French driver is a force to be reckoned with and armed with the right equipment, he can be in devastating form. The 2018 World RX of France will witness the return of Jeanney, at the wheel of a 2016 ex-Sebastien Loeb Peugeot 208 WRX being run by Pailler Competition.

Davy Jeanney returns to World RX at Loheac, driving for Pailler Competition. Credit: Pailler Competition

“It’s a real pleasure to be part of the Pailler Competition team for this event, but I really could not dream of a better car to face the top of the FIA ​​World Rallycross Championship with,” explains Jeanney.

“There is no special pressure on me, I’m not there to punish the car but to have fun. My goal is to try to perform well while being careful and clean in my driving.”

With two World RX wins to his credit as well as being the 2010 French Rallycross Champion, Jeanney is a known pedigree in Rallycross. The other twenty four drivers racing this weekend will be wary of the threat the French driver brings.

The 2016 Peugeot 208 WRX has been fully tested ahead of its World RX return with Jeanney at the wheel. Credit: Pailler Competition.

However, having not competed since the 2017 World RX of Germany where he drove for DA Racing, the Pailler Competition talent has simple aims to get through Qualifying.

“To reach the semi-finals at the World RX of France would an excellent performance and with 25 riders at the start, reaching the Top 12 after the four qualifying heats will be anything but easy,” admits the Pailler Competition driver.

“Before thinking about the semi-finals, I will first need to avoid the confusion of the first corner and make sure that I optimal reliability during the four runs of Qualifying.”

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