More changes in WRC2

There is definitely always something happening in WRC2. Not content with offering a very lively competition, this championship has truly become a major center of interest in the world. Three riders have changed their mounts again in recent weeks.

Published on 24/05/2024 à 10:14

Loïc ROCCI

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More changes in WRC2

In Sardinia Robert Virves will discover his new Skoda Fabia RS Rally2 as part of the WRC2 (Photo: Robert Virves)

When it's not the crews that separate, it's the drivers who change cars and structures. A few days before rally from Portugal, Pepe Lopez surprised by announcing his move to the Ford Fiesta Rally2. “ I managed to find a good agreement with the Past-Racing team, he explained in Porto. I've never driven a Ford before, but we should receive support which was important for the rest of the season. » Author of a superb start to the campaign in a Skoda Fabia RS with two podiums in two races (2e in Monte Carlo, 3e in Croatia) this change of equipment seemed daring and it was not crowned with success. Not knowing the car at all, the Spaniard (28 years old) was surprised on SS2. Present in Sardinia (May 30-June 2), the Spaniard will try to return to the top of the rankings. In Alghero, he can ask advice from Robert Virves who has already operated the Fiesta.

The 23-year-old Estonian is taking the opposite route. Winner of the JWRC in 2022, he won a few participations in WRC2 last year in a Ford. With two outings (Portugal and Finland) and a mechanical retirement in Greece, his year was very frustrating. Now riding a Skoda Fabia RS from the Spanish RaceSeven team, he will no longer have the excuse of equipment to display his real qualities. By also deciding to turn to the car manufactured in Mlada Boleslav, Marco Bulacia is reversing the direction taken at the start of the year.

Having made his debut in WRC2 in 2019, the 23-year-old Bolivian has mainly raced in Skodas with the exception of 2020 contested in a Citroën C3 R5. Finding the Frenchwoman in her Rally2 version for 2024, Bulacia only participated in three events at the wheel of the Sports&you car. During his only appearance in the world championship this season, in Portugal, he was forced to retire due to a power steering problem. For the remainder of the championship, he has decided to return to the Skoda Fabia RS Rally2 which will be looked after by the Portuguese team The Racing Factory. His debut, closely followed by Daniel Elena, will take place in Sardinia.

Loïc ROCCI

Journalist specializing in rallying past, present and future... and with a southern accent

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