Friday 5th of September 2014

Amongst the 37 strong entry at Loheac this weekend for the eighth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship are 15 French Wildcard drivers, who with local knowledge could spring a few surprises at their home round.

One of those regulars, Jerome Grosset-Janin, won the competitive French Rallycross Championship last season and graduated to Euro RX for 2014, where he currently lies sixth in the standings. The Renault Clio driver is also racing at Loheac, not wanting to miss his home event and keen to make up for a disappointing result in 2013 where was fast but was ruled out by transmission problems.

“I like taking part in the European Championship, the level of competition is very high and of course I need to do the French round of the World Championship too,” said Grosset-Janin, who races without European Championship points pressure this weekend and is out to get the best result possible. “Loheac is a track I really like. The first time I came here was ten years ago. I do not feel any extra pressure here, even though I am racing in front of my home crowd. I am confident in myself and the team. We know the car is good and we are prepared and able to compete for a place in the final I think.”

The French driver has had a mixed set of results in his debut European season, but is targeting a podium finish in the European championship overall. He hopes a good result in Loheac will stand him in good stead for the final rounds of European series in Germany and Italy later this month.

“Our best track this year so far was Norway, but we struggled in Belgium. My car was not good over the jumps. I really want to finish in the top three in the European Championship, of course I will never give up.”

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