The new WRC 2 Pro category for professional drivers in factory-supported R5 cars is quickly developing into a four-way battle for the inaugural title, as drivers head to this weekend’s 53rd Vodafone Rally of Portugal.
Monte-Carlo category winner Gus Greensmith leads the series by just five points after six rounds, but the young Englishman’s reward for a solid start to the season has been a debut seat in the third official M-Sport Ford World Rally Team Fiesta WRC alongside Elfyn Evans and Teemu Suninen this weekend. Continue reading Battle Lines Drawn As WRC 2 PRO Rivals Head To Portugal→
Hermann Gassner jnr/Katharina Wustenhagen, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX, are going to Portugal and want to finish on the Group N podium – following a fourth place last year.
Even before Hermann Gassner junior and co-driver Katharina Wustenhagen set off for Rally Portugal they received the good news that was to spur them on.
After a very successful test last week the two will first get further tests, as well as another WRC outing this year as a great additional reward on top of it.
Gassner jnr/Wustenhagen will contest Rally Spain for the Red Bull Rally Team in October.
Following Rally Sweden, the upcoming Rally Portugal, as well as the WRC rounds in Germany, France and Great Britain, the German rally champion will therefore compete in a total of six WRC events this year.
Gassner jnr. said: “This is great news at just the right moment. Testing last week was very positive, and learning of the additional WRC event obviously provides me with an extra boost of motivation, especially ahead of the difficult trials in Portugal next weekend.”
The two Red Bull drivers have mainly concerned themselves with their personal fitness ever since the Swedish Rally – in numerous training units, for example at the Centre for Diagnostics and Performance in Thalgau.
Several “rally taxi drives” for Pirelli also kept their preparation on the move. In addition Gassner jnr. was able to get to know his mechanics and service crew better, after all the young Bavarian was working as a member of the technical staff at the rallies in New Zealand and Jordan.
The German rally champions Hermann Gassner jnr./Kathi Wustenhagen already competed in Portugal last year, finishing fourth in the Group N classification.
“We would be content with a similar result again this year, maybe we’ll make it onto the podium. However we don’t know yet how many local favourites from Portugal are going to take the start.”
– Credit: Red Bull Rally