After some brilliant times set in the Rallye de Monte-Carlo, as also overall ranking victories in the Rallye de Hannut and the Rallye Le Touquet Pas-de-Calais, Nicolas Ciamin and Yannick Roche were back in the Volkswagen Polo R5 THX Racing to compete in the Tour de Corse this weekend. And the least one can say is that the young Frenchman did not wait to find himself up in the ranking’s leading section.
In the course of the first stage Ciamin was permanently in the top 6 of WRC2, putting in a 2nd best time in SS4, and a 3rd time in SS6. Enough to end the first day in 4th position, in the immediate wake of the leaders. On Saturday morning the THX Racing driver was back out on the attack, clocking up a 3rd and then a 2nd time, before everything fell apart in SS9 … just as the Frenchman was poised to find himself leading the Tour de Corse!
“Unfortunately, 5 kilometres after the start of the 9th special stage, the steering froze in a lefthander, which resulted in being unable to avoid hitting the ’rocks’ on the right as I exited the bend. Understandably highly disappointed, but that’s racing”, Ciamin commented.
Notwithstanding that, the French hope once again made an impression, allowing himself to shake up the well-entrenched values of the WRC2 on asphalt, going all out to play a leading role in the category … “We can speak of an exceptional race put in by Nicolas, Christian Jupsin, the man in charge of THX Racing commented. Going all out for victory in such a top-rated category as the WRC2 right from his first participation in Corsica, is clearly not given to everyone. Neither the team nor THX Racing is responsible for this incident. The Polo R5 is a young car, that will further evolve, but has shown its performance on the special stages of this Corsican island. It goes without saying that the THX Racing team is disappointed for Nicolas and Yannick, who miss out on a top-tier result, but their exceptional top speed is an undeniable fact, as they have demonstrated once again.”
We soon hope to see the Nice based driver back at the wheel of the VW Polo R5 THX Racing, a question of confirming a more than promising start of the season …