Opel posts impressive 2018 rally results

Monday, October 22, 2018

Opel causes an international sensation with the rally versions of the ADAM. ADAC Opel Rally Junior Team celebrates five European Championship titles in 2018. ADAC Opel Rallye Cup shines with a top-class international field. 


The fourth title win in the European Junior Rally Championship (FIA ERC Junior U27) was outstanding for the 19-year-old Latvian Mārtinš Sesks, who in the end won the contested junior rally championship just ahead of his stable mate from the ADAC Opel Rally Junior Team, the Swede Tom Kristensson (27). Both Opel juniors won two of the six rounds each. While Sesks won the asphalt competitions in Italy and the Czech Republic, Kristensson, last year's ADAC Opel Rally Cup Champion, was the best at the final gravel rallies in Poland and Latvia.


The balance of the ADAC Opel Rallye Team 2018 was flawless. With the double victories in the FIA ERC Junior U27, the ERC3 classification for drivers (Sesks ahead of Kristensson) and co-drivers (Renārs Francis ahead of Henrik Appelskog) as well as winning the team classification and the ERC Nation Cup, the team led by Opel Motorsport Director Jörg Schrott and Team Principal Thomas Holzer scored all five possible European Championship titles.


The ADAC Opel Rally Cup, which in its sixth year of existence has long since established itself as the ideal platform for young talent and training and became the stepping stone for six drivers (Marijan Griebel, Fabian Kreim, Emil Bergkvist, Julius Tannert, Jari Huttunen and Tom Kristensson) into an international career, also presented itself as strong as never before in terms of quality and quantity throughout the season. A total of 21 drivers from twelve nations (Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, the USA, Estonia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Sweden and England) competed in their identical 140-hp Opel ADAM Cup in the eight rounds for trophies and a total of around 100,000 euros in prize money - including the highlight of the German guest appearance at the FIA World Rally Championship. In the end, the Swede Elias Lundberg (20) prevailed ahead of 19-year-old Grégoire Munster (Luxembourg) and Karl-Martin Volver (Estonia).


It is also Lundberg who will continue the successful history of the ADAC Opel Rally Junior Team 2019. The young rally driver was appointed as the new ADAC and Opel sponsored driver by a jury of experts during the ADAC 3-cities rally and can look forward to an international fielding programme in the currently best rally car of his category, the 190 hp Opel ADAM R2.


"The past season has seamlessly continued the successful years before," says Opel Motorsport Director Jörg Schrott. "The ADAM R2 has proved once again that it is the measure of all things in its category. Five European Championship titles in one season prove the enormous potential of the vehicle, drivers and team. The ADAC Opel Rally Cup has underlined its status as Europe's strongest junior platform. Such a high-quality, internationally diverse field of participants is second to none. And with Elias Lundberg, we've chosen the seventh driver to be promoted. I'm sure he has the potential to build on the successes of the ADAC Opel Rally Junior Team since 2014".

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