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Strong Opel Performance at German World Rally Guest Appearance

22 Aug 2016

  • Great backdrop and exciting sport at ADAC Rallye Deutschland
  • Opel ADAM most numerous car in whole field
  • Finn Jari Huttunen takes early victory in ADAC Opel Rallye Cup


Opel News - Opel works driver, Marijan Griebel (27, DE, Hahnweiler, right) and his co-driver Stefan Kopczyk claimed their third victory in succession on their home rally, scoring a hat-trick of ADAC German rally wins

Rüsselsheim. The ADAC Rallye Deutschland is unique. The picturesque vineyards on the first day and the stark contrast with the legendary Baumholder military training ground on the second. Then there is the incredible backdrop created by more than 200,000 enthusiastic fans that impresses even the most hardened rally experts. Opel was once again a strong partner of the German round of the FIA World Rally Championship, and not only because of all the flags with the brand’s lightning flash logo along the special stages – the Opel ADAM was the most numerous car (22) in the whole field.

 

The majority of the ADAM entries came from the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup, which held two rounds during the ADAC Deutschland rally. The fans on the stages were impressed by the close competition and hard-charging driving style of the youngsters in their 140 hp ADAM Cup cars. And the German round of the world rally championship was the perfect setting for crowning the champion. With his fourth and fifth wins this season, the 22-year-old Finn, Jari Huttunen claimed an early victory in Europe’s toughest brand rally series.

Opel News - Opel Junior, Julius Tannert heading for second place in the RC4 category

While the ADAM Cup drivers competed amongst themselves for the brand trophy, the drivers of the six Opel ADAM R2 RC4 cars were up against rivals from Peugeot and Ford. The squad from Rüsselsheim emerged from the fight victorious, with Opel works driver Marijan Griebel (27/DE) taking his third class-win in succession on his home rally and scoring his goal of a hat-trick in the ADAC Rallye Deutschland. The Opel works driver in his 190 hp ADAM R2 finished in 18th position overall and third in the front-wheel drive class. Griebel‘s team-mate, Julius Tannert (26/DE) came home second in class, while the Dutchman, Timo van der Marel was fourth in his private ADAM R2. The fact that only three of the fastest times on the 18 stages did not go to one of the Opel works drivers demonstrates the current class-dominance of the ADAM R2.

 

For Griebel and Tannert, this was perfect preparation for this weekend’s Barum Czech Rally in Zlín, the penultimate round of the European Junior Rally Championship (FIA ERC Junior). While it is already certain that the European Junior Champion will drive an Opel ADAM R2, the question is which Opel driver? Apart from Marijan Gribel, the best cards are held by his works colleague, Chris Ingram (22/GB). However, the Briton’s ADAC Deutschland Rallye ended early after an excursion on Friday.

Impressive Experience for Tamara Molinaro

Opel News - 10. Opel Junior, Marijan Griebel in his ADAM R2 thrills the rally fans on the “Panzerplatte”

Instead of points and positions, the ADAC Rallye Deutschland was about gaining experience for Tamara Molinaro (18/IT) and her co-driver, Ilka Minor (41/AU). In a joint development program, Opel, Red Bull and Pirelli are systematically preparing the Italian rookie for high-level rallying. The Opel ADAM R2 of the Italian/Austrian pairing was a course car on the ADAC Rallye Deutschland. “Our job was to see if the stages were safe for the competitors” explained Tamara Molinaro. “Although we could not really drive fast, my first participation in a round of the World Rally Championship was a great experience. I already learned a lot during the two days of training with Ilka and the fantastic stages in front of all these amazing spectators were just breathtaking.“