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JRM Racing shows improving pace on day one in Germany

15th October 2016

JRM Racing driver Guerlain Chicherit avoided trouble on the opening day of FIA World Rallycross Championship action at Estering in Germany today (Saturday), successfully overcoming changeable conditions and making telling set-up changes to the British team's MINI RX Supercar.

One of the oldest venues on the World RX calendar – not to mention the one with the shortest layout at just 0.952km – the Estering can lay claim to a wealth of rallycross history and offered its traditional warm welcome to competitors and spectators this morning, notwithstanding the inclement conditions.
 
Despite suffering from a virus, Monster Energy Athlete Guerlain (below) was keen to continue his learning curve in the discipline in the penultimate round of the 2016 campaign. Under cold and overcast skies, he duly lapped 23rd quickest in Free Practice as the rain gradually abated and the track surface increasingly dried.
 
On a day that brought drama for some, the Frenchman steered clear of trouble in the #65 car and finished both Qualifying Races in fourth position, with some subtle set-up changes in-between paving the way for a much more competitive Q2 as he traded lap times with the drivers around him. That performance places him 23rd in the Intermediate Rankings heading into Q3 and Q4 tomorrow (Sunday) – and eager to move up the order.

Guerlain said: “It’s been a positive day on the whole. The team did a great job to improve the car every time we went out and I think what we’ve learned with the car at the two previous events has allowed me to make some real progress and implement some strong set-up changes that are giving me more traction and confidence. I think the continuation of the set-up work we’ve been doing during the last couple of events is paying dividends.
 
“We started a little bit on the back foot this morning because of my lack of experience in the rain, but once the circuit began to dry, I felt more confident and able to push harder – and by the end of Q2, we were posting some stronger lap times. That gives me a lot of encouragement for tomorrow, when we will be looking to gain ground in the standings.”

 
JRM Racing Team Principal, James Rumsey said: "Despite not feeling anything like on top form, Guerlain dug deep and produced a very solid effort that yielded plenty of positive feedback as we continue to develop the MINI.
 
“Being quite narrow in places and with a tight and tricky Joker Lap, the Estering is not the easiest of tracks to get to grips with, but as he has done ever since joining us, Guerlain adopted a mature and methodical approach and consistently upped his game – and as we increasingly adapted the car to his liking, he really began to pick up the pace.


"The forecast suggests tomorrow will be completely dry, which will help his learning, so we’ll work hard tonight and aim to come out of the blocks fighting fit."