Start of the second half of the season in the ADAC Opel Electric Rally Cup “powered by GSe”. The Electric Rally Cup starts on August 18 and 19 at the ADAC Saarland-Palatinate Rally. Exciting battle for the top spot between Max Reiter and Calle Carlberg.
With the ADAC Saarland-Palatinate Rally, the ADAC Opel Electric Rally Cup “powered by GSe” heralds the second half of the season. The asphalt stages around St. Wendel are among the most demanding in Germany and demand a lot from the teams and the Opel Corsa Rally Electric. For the first time, the entire field of battery-electric rally cars with the characteristic Opel Vizor brand face will drive up next weekend.
In the overall standings, the battle for the top position will be more exciting. With his third win of the season, most recently at the Rallye Weiz in Austria, Max Reiter (23, Dillingen) has pulled slightly away from his direct rival Calle Carlberg (23, Sweden). However, a five-point gap with four races to go before the big season finale as part of the new WRC round at the Central European Rally is anything but a reassuring cushion – from now on, every little thing can be decisive for the title.
Even though the other opponents, led by Luca Pröglhöf and Sarah Rumeau, now have a small respectful distance to the leading duo, Reiter and Carlberg should not be lulled into a sense of security. The 24-year-old Austrian made his ambitions clear at his home race around Weiz with his second podium finish in a row. And the 28-year-old Frenchwoman is determined to be on the podium after three fourth-place finishes. Also on the upswing: Joe Baur (24) from Renchen, who proves his speed again and again, but is still waiting for the big coup. Christian Lemke (23, Findorff), who has already finished on the podium at the Rallye du Chablais in Switzerland, is also ambitiously starting the weekend.
Meanwhile, Cindy Gudet is getting closer and closer to the top field. The 27-year-old mountain specialist, who has already clinched five French championship titles in this discipline, is finding her way around the Opel Corsa Rally Electric better and better: “The car is completely different from the prototype I drive on the mountain. In general, a rally is quite different. The special stages are much longer, you have a co-driver, you have to drive according to the notes – these are two completely different worlds. But I’m learning bit by bit.”
The start at Schlossplatz in St. Wendel will take place on Friday (August 18) at 16:10 p.m., before the fast, locally emission-free Opel electric cars start the first four special stages. On Saturday (19 August), the decision will be made in six further stages between 8:50 a.m. and 18:00 p.m. Rally fans who stayed at home can follow the electrifying events of the ADAC Saarland-Pfalz Rally via live timing on www.opel-motorsport.com and www.adac-motorsport.de.
On Saturday, August 26, starting at 12:10 p.m., the television station n-tv will summarize the past four rounds of the ADAC Opel Electric Rally Cup “powered by GSe” (Rallye du Chablais, Rallye Vosges Grand-Est, Rallye Weiz and ADAC Saarland-Pfalz Rallye) in its next magazine “PS – Die Deutsche Rallye-Meisterschaft”.
Stand ADAC Opel Electric Rally Cup (after 4 of 8 rounds):
1st rider, 126 points. 2. Carlberg 121. 3. Pröglhöf 84. 4. Rumeau 78. 5. Lemke 55. 6. Van Hoof 42. 7. Tarta 39. 8. Baur 36. 9. Gudet 34. 10. Callea and Wittenbeck, 27 each.
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