Wed 30 Aug 2023

First-time winner Dufas keen to ‘continue Euro RX3 journey’ with RX Evolution

After claiming a surprise but well-deserved maiden win in Euro RX3 at Germany’s Estering earlier this month, Dylan Dufas is hoping to ‘continue the journey’ with RX Evolution in 2024.

After claiming a surprise but well-deserved maiden win in the FIA European Rallycross Championship at Germany’s Estering earlier this month, Dylan Dufas is hoping to ‘continue the journey’ with RX Evolution in 2024.

With only two prior Euro RX3 appearances under his belt – and a best finish of 13th place – Dufas entered the series’ 2023 finale aiming to help RX Evolution to take its Renault Clio ‘to the next level’, as he teamed up alongside compatriot David Bouet for the event.

The sixth-fastest time in the opening heat marked a promising start, before the Frenchman pushed Audi drivers João Ribeiro and Nils Volland right to the chequered flag in heats two and three respectively.

Just as his momentum was building, however, Dufas found himself caught up in a first lap clash with Jens Hvaal and Martin Kjær in heat four, dropping him from seventh to ninth in the intermediate classification – but he was far from done yet.

From fifth on the grid in the semi-final, the 26-year-old benefitted from a Turn One coming-together ahead to leap up into second position, which is where he would finish – guaranteeing him a spot in the final for the first time in Euro RX3.

In the last race of the weekend, Dufas initially came off best in a three-way scrap with title-chasing duo Espen Isaksætre and Damian Litwinowicz on the opening lap, but he was then delayed by contact between Isaksætre and Volland.

The drama continued all the way into the joker, and when the dust settled, the Caen native emerged in third place. After overhauling the wounded Volland, Dufas went on to take the flag second ahead of Bouet – cementing his breakthrough podium finish on the international scene – which subsequently became first when on-track winner Hvaal was disqualified on technical grounds.

“What a weekend!” enthused the former French Junior Rallycross Champion, whose best lap time in the final was a scant 0.029s adrift of the fastest of the weekend – set by championship runner-up Isaksætre in the same race – underscoring his and the Renault’s impressive raw pace. “I’m still struggling to take in what we have achieved, to be honest.

“It was a weekend full of surprises, but the whole team did a great job throughout and that was ultimately what enabled us to fight for the podium. It was anything but easy in such a competitive field with so many quick drivers, but to be able to share data between myself and David – something that had not been possible before, running just one car – made a big difference and was the key to this result.

“I’m sorry for Jens [Hvaal] as he deserved to win after an excellent weekend, but I’m so happy for RX Evolution. I owe big thanks to [team boss] Aurélien Gérault and all of the team for their hard work and for allowing me to race such a fantastic car that we have proved can take on the best in Europe even at such an early stage in its development. Hopefully we can continue this exciting journey moving forward.”

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