6 February 2023
Customer Racing Activities – 2023/#5
While the weekend included another spectacular Clio Ice Trophy clash with a third different winner in as many rounds, Clio Rally4 and Clio Rally5 also excelled with victories on the tarmac in France, Italy and the Czech Republic!
Clio Ice Trophy
Round three of the Clio Ice Trophy produced a third different winner at the Pas de la Casa Circuit in Andorra. After the successes of WRM by Chanoine Motorsport / SRD Racing drivers David Bouet and Lucas Darmezin, Dylan Dufas (RX Evolution) stood on the top step of the podium on Saturday evening. Although the rallycross regular led the way in qualifying, his rivals answered in the finals to give the n°14 Clio Rally5 two more victories. David Bouet, Lucas Darmezin and Dylan Dufas will battle for the title this weekend, but all three will also have to keep an eye on Andorra’s Alex Español (Driveland / Puzzle Motorsport), who is still in contention on home soil!
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In Italy, nine Clio Rally5s contested the Ronde della Val Merula. Federico Gangi was fastest in his first appearance behind the wheel of the model and won the Rally5 category by 25.0s over Alberto Siccardi - Andrea Sarah Tardito and 1:02.1s over Gianluca Tavelli - Enrico Gatto. With co-driver Stefano Sappracone, the Italian set promising times and was among the lead group of the two-wheel drive category.
Success was all found in the French Rally Cup. Clio Rally5 won the Rallye des Routes du Nord with Hervé Jean and Claude Legras winning the category ahead of Thierry and Margaux Bonvoisin. Meanwhile, Patrick and Lucas Calendini took Clio Rally5 to the top of the podium on Rallye Fium’Orbu Castellu, where Paul-André Mariani and Julien Bonifet missed out on victory in the RC4 category by a mere 4.2s with Clio Rally4.
The performance of Josef Navrátil with Clio Rally5, victorious in the F3 category and 14th overall in the Rallycup Kopřivnice II (Czech Republic), completed the successful weekend on the tarmac.
With four drivers from three different teams still in contention for the title, the Clio Ice Trophy will draw to a close and crown its second champion in its history on Saturday night. Meanwhile, Clio Rally4 and Clio Rally5 will be in action, with three Clio Rally4s at the start of Rally Sweden in the FIA World Rally Championship, while Clio Rally5s will be competing in Spain and Latvia, among other countries.