RALLY OF PORTUGAL: GILBERT-JAMOUL VICTORIOUS IN JWCR AND WRC3.

26/05/2015



Full house for the DG Sport Competition team!

Two rallies, two victories, and a handsome lead in the Juniors championship and WRC3: this could not have been a better start for the world campaign put in by Quentin Gilbert-Renaud Jamoul and DG Sport Competition.

Following a victorious start to the season on the Monte-Carlo, the Franco-Belgian team and DG Sport Competition were up against an entirely different challenge in the North of Portugal: “We knew we were taking on a difficult event … and we weren’t disappointed”, Alain Georges, the technical director of the Theux based team commented with a smile. “The cars running in the smallest categories such as our DS3 R3 Max were heavily called upon on the unpaved sections seriously damaged by the 4x4 forerunners. They also experienced their worries due to the heat, notably in the electronics department. However these problems were swiftly identified by our engineer Lionel Hansen and the team’s efficiency made all the difference: the car set-off each time in perfect shape. Quentin and Renaud fought hammer and nails to produce a super job and scored well deserved points in the final counting whilst the young DG Sport Competition team has shown that it definitely deserves its place amongst the top layers. And it’s not over! “

The technical director’s analysis is corroborated by the entire team who emphasise the importance of the strategy of this success: “We had opted to take on this rally with a rather calm rhythm, but on Friday following the first loop we were lying in 6th place having dropped some forty odd seconds,” Quentin Gilbert commented. “As such having carried out some fine tuning we raised the pace for the second run. Our immediate rivals in JWRC and WRC3 also wanted to raise their game … and quite a few lost out! Once back in the park we found ourselves leaders with an 8 seconds lead on our nearest rivals.”

Wanting to remain in close contact with the leaders the pursuers then, in turn, made a few errors, and Saturday midday the DG Sport Competition saw victory within their sights: “As from that moment we started to manage the situation”, Renaud Jamoul added. “It might not be the most exciting approach, but it proved to be the sound one. We didn’t make a single mistake throughout the rally, neither did we have a puncture, we kept to an adequate pace just enough to go fast without demanding too much from the car… and we won.”

Both in JWRC and in WRC3, the DG Sport Competition representatives are now well in the lead with some 50 points, in fact the best possible score. The next meeting is scheduled for the beginning of July in Poland: “Here also we will need to be patient and intelligent in order to score top points. Our objective is to be out of reach as soon as ever possible from our nearest rivals in the championship with a view to then “letting loose” and confirming that we not only can we finish rallies but also go extremely fast. Everything in its own time. Right now, here, we are thoroughly relishing this second consecutive DG Sport Competition success on the world scene!

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