Opel Corsa-e Rally with electrifying debut season

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According to Opel, the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup has already established itself in the motorsport landscape in its first season and has made an important contribution to the future of rallying in Germany. The anticipated first electric rally brand cart worldwide, with the dynamics of the 100 kW (136 hp) strong Opel Corsa-e rally, was as enthusiastic as with a strong number of participants, the young talents of six nations were united and guaranteed to be exciting rally sport.

According to Opel, the seven races – three each as part of the German Rally Championship and national R70 events and, as a highlight, the start of the Czech round of the European Rally Championship in Zlín – proved the coherence of the concept.

“We have shown that electric rallying works,” emphasizes Opel Motorsport Director JOrg Schrott. “In order to master the diverse challenges of such a pioneering project, you need a spirit of innovation, courage and strong synergies. And we had that thanks to our partners,” Schrott emphasizes: “I would like to highlight ADAC, with whom we have been working successfully for years and who were convinced of the project right from the start. Other partners from the very beginning are TotalEnergies and eLoaded. Without the specialists of ELOADED, who have developed the charging infrastructure together with us, the professional implementation of the ADAC Opel E-Rally Cups would not have been possible.”

“I had a lot of fun”

In terms of sport, one driver in particular made his mark on the electrifying event: Laurent Pellier. The 26-year-old Frenchman from the Sainteloc Junior Team celebrated no fewer than six victories this season and thus prematurely crowned himself as the first ever winner of an electric one-make rally cup. Pellier: “It was a great feeling to win the first event in Stemwede, and it’s just as great a feeling to be able to call myself the first champion of the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup. I was excited to see what was in store for all of us in this all-new racing series, but my expectations were exceeded. Electric rallying is no less fascinating than that with internal combustion engines. It was great fun for me.”

In the fight for the vice-championship in the ADAC Opel E-Rally Cup, the young German Max Rider sat down at the end of the young. After his victory in the ADAC 3-Stadter Rallye, the 21-year-old from Diefflen in Saarland finished third in the finale of the AvD Sachsen Rallye, leaving his opponents Timo van der Marel (32, Netherlands) and Luca Waldherr ( 27, Austria) behind in the final statement. In the end, four drivers from four different nations ended up in the top four positions in the overall standings.

The ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup also immediately found new friends away from the regular field of participants – for example in the ranks of prominent guest drivers such as WRC star Yohan Rossel or the circuit greats Timo Scheider and Lance David Arnold, those from the Corsa-e Rally and the rally races were excited.

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