DELECOUR KEEN ON WORLD RAL­LY­CROSS

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Ex-world Rally Cham­pi­onship star Fran­cois Delecour says he would wel­come an op­por­tu­nity to race a mod­ern day ral­ly­cross Su­per­car in the FIA World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship.

The French­man made a one-off ap­pear­ance in a Ford RS200 at the French round of the FIA Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship in 1992, deputis­ing for Nor­we­gian Martin Schanche, and fin­ished third. Delecour at­tended the French round of World RX in Lo­heac last week­end to com­pete in a se­ries of Pro Truck demon­stra­tion races.

“It [ral­ly­cross] is very pro­fes­sional now,” said the French­man. “It was dif­fi­cult for me to re­alise how it was so pro­fes­sional, but I’ve seen all the teams at Lo­heac and it’s big busi­ness now. I would like to race a Su­per­car. It’s an op­por­tu­nity I would re­ally like, but it’s not easy to find the bud­get. I’m still com­pet­i­tive and I love to drive. I’m still do­ing rally when I can and it would be nice to drive here.”

Delecour has sam­pled a cur­rent Su­per­car. Last sea­son he tested an Al­batec Rac­ing Peu­geot 208. “Now it’s a bit dif­fer­ent to when I raced in ral­ly­cross,” he said. “I don’t have much ex­pe­ri­ence. The Peu­geot was an in­cred­i­ble car. I was im­pressed by the torque. The chas­sis is good but the torque was un­be­liev­able – I was very im­pressed by the en­gine. It was easy to drive, but for sure there is also the spirit of the rac­ing [to con­sider]. I saw [Se­bastien] Loeb when he lost some places in a race here: it shows ral­ly­cross is very com­pet­i­tive.”

Delecour could be tempted to ral­ly­cross Delecour tested this Peu­geot 208 Su­per­car

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