A rather splendid story! This weekend the THX Racing team provided the Volkswagen Polo R5 with its first victory in the French Rally Championship. The young Nicolas Ciamin, co-driven by Yannick Roche, following an incredible performance have in fact put in a noteworthy performance with their car prepared in Belgium; winning the event by 13’’7 over the other Polo R5 driven by Quentin Gilbert.
“An even more positive result as it’s a fair feat to get the better of the best French competitors and this on their home ground, Lionel Hansen, the technical man in charge of THX Racing commented. And it’s worth admitting that the grid of this 59th Rallye Le Touquet Pas-de-Calais was solidly comprised, which means that the performance put in by the truly talented Nicolas Ciamin is even more impressive. For THX Racing, to be able to offer a first French victory to the Polo R5 is an honour, a fabulous satisfaction, and most probably the best way in which to ensure the promotion and the reputation of the team… “
One week prior to tacking the popular event held on roads boasting a fair number of similarities to those used in Belgian events, Ciamin and THX Racing had made good use of the Rallye de Hannut, a regional event, in preparation of their participation at Le Touquet. Worth noting that this might well have been one of the keys for this weekend’s success. “This full-scale session allowed us to arrive at the Shakedown of Le Touquet with a set-up to be confirmed, and to be able to disregard further set-ups, Lionel Hansen continued. In spite of a not very advantageous position to start the event, Nicolas perfectly managed his progress, clocking up scratches as soon as it was possible, and defending his position during the rest of the time. He was able to avoid committing any mistakes, and the team stood out with their wise choice of tyres. Victory awaited them at the finish … »
For Nicolas Ciamin, this double Hannut/Touquet victory is enough to offer full confidence prior to heading off for Corsica to take on the top names of the WRC-2, of which the best of the French drivers … “I thought it would be difficult to battle it out for victory, but we were able to avoid making any mistakes, especially as from the moment we went into the lead, the Nice based driver explained. Saturday afternoon, on the dry, the situation became rather less complicated, but we still needed to hold off the assaults put in by my rivals. After the Monte-Carlo, Hannut and Le Touquet, I’m ever more at ease at the wheel of the VW Polo R5 THX Racing, which is clearly a good omen for the rest of the season …”
Now heading off for Corsica, the Island of Beauty, with the event scheduled to be held within few days, namely from 28th through to 31st March …