YEAR IN REVIEW: MARKLUND MAKES HIS MARK AT GCK
Friday 27th of December 2019
Team: GC Kompetition
Car: Renault Megane RS RX
Drivers: Guerlain Chicherit (FRA) #36, Anton Marklund (SWE) #92, Rokas Baciuska (LTU) #14
Teams’ Championship Points: 192
Teams' Championship Position: 4th
Sweden’s Anton Marklund signed for GCK full-time for 2019, to join owner and driver Guerlain in the team’s Renault Megane RS RXs. With improved performance from the car’s debut season, both drivers were in the mix at the front of the field and Marklund was a regular podium contender. The pair were joined by a third Megane driven by Super1600 Champion Rokas Baciuska for half of the year, who also showed impressive pace.
Here’s how Guerlain, Anton and Rokas fared head-to-head:
Quickest Qualifying Times:
GC 0 – AM 0 – RB 2
Although Chicherit and Marklund both managed P2 times in qualifiers through the season, neither set a fastest time. That honour was saved for Baciuska, who was quickest in both France and Latvia and at both rounds was overnight TQ on Saturday,
GC 6 – AM 9 – RB 5
Marklund qualified for all but one semi-final through the season, at Barcelona RX, as Chicherit was six times into the top 12 and Baciuska made the semis five times in his debut Supercar season, four of those with the GCK team. Marklund was fifth in the Intermediate Classification in Abu Dhabi, Belgium and Silverstone, but Chicherit had a front-row start in the semi-finals in Canada after a strong qualifying. Baciuska started on pole in semi-final two in France.
GC 1 – AM 5 – RB 1
All three GCK Meganes were regular final pretenders in the semi-finals, but for Chicherit often misfortune intervened and he only made the final in Canada, where was then robbed of fighting for a podium with a problem. Marklund was in the final for half of the races, and Baciuska turned his fast pace in France into a second row start for the final, where he just missed out on a podium in fourth.
GC 0 – AM 2 – RB 0
GCK took its first ever podium in round four of World RX 2019 at Silverstone, when Marklund took third in the final. At the next race in Norway, he stood on the very top step, by claiming a dramatic victory in wet conditions, but was disqualified after the race for a technical infringement. He then finished on the podium again in France, where he was second behind Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud. Baciuska could have been on the podium in France but for a storming drive from Kevin Hansen, and Chicherit had podium chances in Norway and Canada ruined by poor luck.
GC (12th) 73 points – AM (7th) 119 points – RB (11th) 76 points
Marklund was highest placed of the GCK runners in 7th overall, as Baciuska just pipped team owner Chicherit to P11 overall in the hotly contested midfield.
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