A new winner in the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup

Monday, July 30, 2018
  • The Luxembourg Grégoire Munster celebrates its first victory in the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup
  • Elias Lundberg consolidates his lead in the intermediate ranking with position 2
  • Nico Knacker achieves second podium place at the ADAC Rally Wartburg 2018



Rüsselsheim/Munich/Eisenach. Having already indicated his high ambitions with three podium places in the first three rounds of 2018, Grégoire Munster celebrated his first victory in the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup at the end of the first half of the season. At the ADAC Cosmo Rally Wartburg the 19-year-old Luxembourgian and co-driver Johan Jalet laid the foundation for success with a strong first leg and two special stage best times on Friday. During the second day, the son of Belgian rally legend Bernard Munster remained steadily in the forefront, but renounced the last risk and confidently drove home the long-awaited triumph. "Of course I'm really happy that it finally worked out," beamed Munster. "I would have liked to have intervened in the fight for the bonus points in the Power Stage. Unfortunately, we were on the road with the wrong tyres because we were speculating on rain for the afternoon and had no dry tyres for the rear axle".
So the curious situation arose that winner Munster took home as many points (40) as second-placed Elias Lundberg. After a slow start on Friday, the 20-year-old Swede and Co David Arhusiander turned up in the second stage, marked a total of four stage best times and thus secured five bonus points as well as for winning the Power Stage. "A great result," commented the two-time season's winner. "Yesterday we had a little trouble finding the rhythm in our ADAM, but today went really well. With a lead of 40 points we have arrived here, with a lead of 40 points we drive home. This is a very good starting position for the second half of the season."
The third placed also shone over both cheeks at the finish. After a rather bad first stage, Nico Knacker and his co-driver Enrico Flores-Trigo found the right kick the following day, set two stage best times and snatched the last podium place from Romain Delhez/Gerome Bollette from Belgium in the final stage. "Yesterday didn't really fit, neither written down nor rhythm," confessed the 21-year-old from Siedenburg. "Today everything was different. Whether in the rain or in the dry - we felt comfortable and put a really strong pace on the day. So we have to manage a whole rally, then even more is possible. But that's much easier said than done, of course."
The Estonians Karl-Martin Volver/Marten Madissoo also struggled with their error rate. After a strong start with two stage best times, the winner of the opening stage in SS6 made a detour into the undergrowth and also had to drive the following stage with damaged ADAM before the car could be repaired in service. The loss of time added up to almost 3:30 minutes, putting the top 10 out of reach. "I make too many mistakes and I'm not physically up to scratch," Volver analyzed self-critically. "Nevertheless, I feel that the performance is there to be at the very front. And this is what we plan to do at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland. I'm really looking forward to the start in front of the World Cup backdrop."
The fifth-placed German duo Max Schumann/Maresa Lade, who celebrated their first WP best time of the season in the tenth stage like the French riders Dylan Gagnière/Lou Murcia in SS2, also left a strong impression at the foot of the Wartburg: "I am really happy", said last year's ADAC Rallye Masters champion. "We have made no mistakes and are working closer and closer to the top. "The rally was incredibly exhausting." Sixth, Sean Johnston was highly satisfied. The Californian and Co Alex Kihurany, who made their comeback at the ADAC Rally Wartburg after a break due to injury, stayed in fourth place and brought their ADAM to 6th place the following day. "It's just a lot of fun here in the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup," laughed Johnston. "When the stages get really tricky, I realize that I haven't fully internalized front-wheel drive driving yet and that the Porsche driving style is still too much in me. I didn't pay any attention to the ranking here, but stubbornly drove my boot to work on it."
The season's highlight for the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup will follow in three weeks with the double round as part of the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, Germany's guest appearance at the World Rally Championship.
Points ADAC Opel Rallye Cup (after 4 of 8 runs):
1. Lundberg 167. 2. Munster 127. 3. Delhez 99. 4. Volver 80. 5. Knacker 79. 6. Schumann 60. 7. Havlat 54. 8. Field 52. 9. Griebel 45. 10. Kerkhove 40. 11. Wacker 37. 12. Johnston 29.


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