Guerlain Chicherit failed to qualify for the semi-finals at the second round of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship in Höljes.
Despite several changes to the Renault Clio overnight from the GCK Unkorrupted squad, Chicherit struggled for pace on Sunday and could only manage thirteenth place after the three qualifying sessions.
The Frenchman said: “This was not the start to the Championship we had wished for for sure – we’ve done a lot of testing over the winter and showed very competitive pace, however, arriving in Sweden showed the track environment to be extremely challenging for our setup and we struggled with grip.
“The team think they may have found the problem and will now work hard to find a way to adjust the car ahead of Finland but it will be tight with only 5 days to go. It’s frustrating and upsetting for sure but I’m not someone to give up and I will fight to come back stronger.
“We’ve got some of the best drivers and cars in the paddock this year and I want to see the GCK Clio R.S. RX battle with them.”
This weekend’s double-header at Kouvola will provide a different challenge for the teams and drivers so Chicherit will be hoping he can show better pace with the new team.