Re­nault’s place at the top ta­ble of ral­ly­cross his­tory

Motor Sport News - - Headline News - Hal Ridge

Although the new pro­gramme will be Re­nault’s first of­fi­cial pres­ence in World RX, cars from the French mar­que have held key roles in ral­ly­cross his­tory.

Re­nault Alpine A110s and A310s were a com­pet­i­tive propo­si­tion in the Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship in the 1970s, notably Dutch­man Piet Kruythof’s Vialle Au­to­gas run-a110 with which he won his home round of the se­ries in 1977 and the Bel­gian round the fol­low­ing year. He also fin­ished on the podium at Ly­d­den Hill.

Aus­trian Her­bert Grun­steidl claimed the ti­tle in an A310 in 1977, only the sec­ond year the se­ries had held FIA sta­tus.

More re­cently, Swedish driver Stig-olov Wal­frid­son (un­cle to Pet­ter Sol­berg’s wife, Pernilla) won his home round of the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship in a pri­vately-run Clio in 2009.

His nephew, Lukas, drove a five­cylin­der ver­sion of the car in Euro RX and to podium fin­ishes in the Swe­den­based Ral­lyx Nordic se­ries.

Nor­we­gian Mats Ly­sen also won his home round of the Euro­pean se­ries aboard an ex-wal­frid­son Clio Su­per­car in 2011

In Euro RX Su­per1600, Re­nault Clios and Twin­gos, largely run by Fin­nish con­cern Set Pro­mo­tion, have won seven of the last nine ti­tles and been key to help­ing pave the way for Rus­sian Timur Timerzyanov, Nor­we­gian An­dreas Bakkerud and Lat­vian Rei­nis Ni­tiss to progress to suc­cess in the Su­per­car cat­e­gory.

Timerzyanov claimed back-to-back Euro­pean Su­per­car ti­tles in 2012 and 2013 while Ni­tiss won only his third ever Su­per­car event and Bakkerud has six World RX vic­to­ries.

Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship fron­trun­ner Jerome-gros­set Janin raced Philippe Chanoine’s Clio to the French Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in 2013.

The Alpine was a hit in early events, with A110s (above) and A310s

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