TEAM FAREN'S FRENCH DUO HOPING TO SWEEP UP HOME SUPPORT
Wednesday 28th of August 2019
French fans will have two homegrown drivers to cheer in the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires at Lohéac this weekend (30 August – 1 September), with both returnee Damien Meunier and newcomer Yann Le Jossec set to take to the track for Team Färén.
Meunier will rejoin the RX2 grid after missing the most recent three rounds. The former French Championship Supercar class star made waves on his debut in the official FIA World RX feeder series in Barcelona in May – progressing through to the final at the first time of asking – and he is keen to replicate that performance on home soil this weekend.
“I’m excited to be back in RX2!” enthused the 18-year-old, who grew up just a couple of hours away from Lohéac and who will run under the Meunier Compétition banner with support from Team Färén in a joint effort.
“I genuinely feared my season was over after Spa-Francorchamps, but thanks to my amazing sponsors, we have found a way to compete at Lohéac in what is unquestionably one of the biggest motorsport events in the country. I can’t wait to get back in the car, and having another French driver in the team will be a lot of fun.”
Indeed, Team Färén might be a Swedish outfit but there will be a distinctly Gallic flavour to the awning this weekend, with Meunier joined by countryman Le Jossec, who will be making his RX2 bow. If Meunier lives close to Lohéac, then Le Jossec is practically a local, having been born in Rennes and being based just 10km from the track.
The 48-year-old is certainly well-acquainted with the French World RX venue, having run a driving school at the circuit since 2001, prior to which he spent six years in rallying. In 2016, he contested the World Championship event with Olsbergs MSE, impressively outpacing the likes of Reinis Nitišs, Anton Marklund and Niclas Grönholm to post the 11th-fastest time in Q1.
“My objective this weekend is to reach the final, and above all to see what RX2 is like with a possible view to entering more rounds next season,” he explained. “I don’t have much of an idea of what to expect just yet, but I’ve competed in a single-make category before in rallying and I know there are a lot of talented young drivers in the field. One thing is for sure – it’s going to be a tough fight, because you don’t win a series like this by chance!”