Title aspirant: Works Opel ADAM R2 driver Jari Huttunen (23, from Kiuruvesi/Finland) is battling for the junior crown in the European Rally Championship.
- ADAC Rallye Deutschland also highlight of 2017 rally season
- Opel accounts for exactly one-third of the field at WRC event from August 17-20
- ADAC Opel Rallye Cup holds two rounds as the world’s rally elite watch
For years now Opel has formed the backbone of the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, this year more than ever: 31 of the 93 rally cars in the German World Rallye Championship event carry the Opel logo with the Blitz – making up exactly one-third of the field.
With an impressive starting field of 25 cars, the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup accounts for the lion’s share of the formidable Opel group. Europe’s largest brand rally cup has become an integral part of the continental rally landscape. In their 103 kW/140 hp Opel ADAM Cup cars, the young teams guarantee exciting action and regularly leave considerably more powerful cars behind. For the fifth time, the Cup will again consist of two rounds within the framework of the ADAC Rallye Deutschland. The first includes eight special stages between Thursday evening and Friday evening, and the second 13 special stages from Saturday morning to Sunday midday covering a total of 309 special stage kilometers. This means the teams have double the chance to collect points and double the chance to win prize money. And this is ample in the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup – around €120,000 is awarded during a Cup season.
The young talent platform jointly run by ADAC and Opel has firmly established itself as the ideal entry stage with an excellent reputation that has spread through all of Europe. At the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, drivers from 13 nations go up against each other with absolutely identical material. They all share the dream of advancing into the Opel Rallye Junior Team at the end of the season and taking on Europe’s top talents in the FIA ERC Junior U27 with the 140 kW/190 hp ADAM R2, currently the most successful rally car in its class. They would then follow in the footsteps of Marijan Griebel, Emil Bergkvist, Julius Tannert and Jari Huttunen, the best Cup juniors from the 2013 to 2016 seasons.
And in the last two years, Bergkvist and Griebel showed just how attractive this can be with their ERC Junior titles. This season the current protégé and works driver Jari Huttunen (23, from Kiuruvesi/Finland), together with his Opel works driver teammates Chris Ingram (23, from Manchester/England) and Tamara Molinaro (19, from Moltrasio/Italy), is battling for the crown in Europe’s toughest young talent championship. While the current ERC Junior leader and reigning ERC3 European Champion Ingram will not participate in the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, Huttunen and Molinaro will compete in their works ADAM R2 against a total of 14 other R2 vehicles in the RC4 rating group. In addition to the two Opel works drivers, three more teams are in the ADAC Rallye Deutschland field with an ADAM R2. And with high ambitions – in the last three years, the RC4 victory in the German WRC event has gone to an Opel driver.
This is reason enough to take a look at the action happening behind the top WRC stars at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Knowledgeable spectators won’t leave a special stage before the wild ADAM squad has finished it anyway.
Source: Strong Opel Line-up at Rallye Deutschland