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YEAR IN REVIEW: GCK ACADEMY'S LEARNING CURVE

Monday 23rd of December 2019

In the first of our team-by-team reviews, we look at the performance of GCK Academy - newcomers to World RX in 2019. 

Team: GCK Academy

Car: Renault Clio RS RX

Drivers: Guillaume De Ridder (BEL) #96, Cyril Raymond (FRA) #113

Teams’ Championship Points: 74

Teams’ Championship Position: 6th

Belgium’s Guillaume De Ridder and France’s Cyril Raymond made the step up to the FIA World Rallycross Championship with the new GCK Academy team for 2019, with a pair of Renault Clios that has previously been run in Euro RX in 2018. Two of the fastest drivers from the support categories (RX2 and Euro RX), this was a learning season for the young drivers.

 Here’s how Guillaume and Cyril fared head-to-head:

Quickest Qualifying Times:

GDR 0 – 0 CR

The GCK Academy drivers didn’t set a quickest qualifying time during the season, but Raymond set a best time of third quickest in his first full year, a result matched by team mate De Ridder at the finale in South Africa.

 Semi-final starts:

GDR 2 – 5 CR

Raymond started the year strong, he made the semi-finals in four of the first five rounds but struggled more towards the end of the season. De Ridder though had a year of misfortune and many times he just lost out on making the semis. But he did in Barcelona, and in the final round in South Africa, his strongest performance of the season.

 Final starts:

GDR 0 – 1 CR

In only the second event of the year, Raymond made the final in Barcelona and finished fifth, but neither GCK Academy driver would make another final through the year, despite both coming close on difference occasions.

 Championship:

GDR (18th) 29 points – (13th) 45 points CR

Raymond’s early season form and a strong bag of points meant he finished 13th overall in the World RX Drivers’ standings, just behind team owner and GC Kompetition driver Guerlain Chicherit, and five places ahead of De Ridder.

Neither driver claimed points in Sweden, but both scored everywhere else, De Ridder taking his best haul of the year from Cape Town.

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