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ADAC Opel Rallye Cup Again at German WRC Event

09 Aug 2016

  • One goal: 18 Opel ADAM teams vie for class victory at season highlight
  • Two special stages: Two rounds of Opel Cup run at ADAC Deutschland Rallye
  • Three works drivers: Griebel, Tannert and Ingram go full throttle with ADAM R2
Opel News - The highlight of this season’s ADAC Opel Rallye Cup again takes place during the German round of the World Rally Championship near Trier

Rüsselsheim.  This year the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup is part of the German World Rally Championship (WRC) event around Trier for the fourth time (August 18 - 21). The young drivers and their co-drivers can show what they’ve got at the season highlight of Europe’s toughest rally cup in a breathtaking setting and under the watchful eye of the world’s rally elite gathered there. Like last year, the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup will again consist of two special stages within the framework of the ADAC Rallye Deutschland. This means the teams have double the chance to collect points and double the chance to win prize money – every season, the prize money fund totals around €120,000.

Opel News - As last year, two rounds of the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup take place against the spectacular backdrop of the ADAC Deutschland Rally

The German round of the WRC is impressive: 306 special stage kilometers must be completed, more than double that for a Deutsche Rallye Meisterschaft (DRM) event. Without a doubt, the most thrills and chills come during the famous “Panzerplatte” special stage. 40.8 kilometers long, it demands almost one-half hour of intense concentration in the cockpit. And this challenge has to be faced twice, as the “Panzerplatte lang” special stage is driven two times on Saturday, right after the “Arena Panzerplatte” special stage. This three-kilometer long stage takes place in a kind of open-air arena, which this year will again be filled with tens of thousands of spectators.

Opel News - The Opel ADAM R2 is currently the most successful rally car in its class

The ADAC Opel Rallye Cup has firmly established itself as an entry platform with excellent reputation all across Europe: participants from Italy, Sweden, Finland, the UK, Slovenia and the Czech Republic go up against the best young German drivers. They all share the dream of advancing into the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior team at the end of the season and taking on Europe’s top talents in the FIA ERC Junior with the Opel ADAM R2, currently the most successful rally car in its class. They would then follow in the footsteps of Marijan Griebel (27, from Hahnweiler) and Julius Tannert (26, from Zwickau), the best Cup juniors from 2013 and 2015 who are currently making their mark in the FIA ERC Junior.

Opel News - From August 18-21, the Opel ADAM Cup will display its talents on 306 km of special stages

And last year Emil Bergkvist showed just how attractive this can be. The young Swede, who successfully advanced into the Junior team as Cup Champion in 2014, won the FIA ERC Junior in a works ADAM R2 and thus captured the first European Championship title for Opel in 33 years. This season Griebel and Tannert, together with their British Opel works driver stablemate Chris Ingram (22, from Manchester), are battling for the crown in Europe’s toughest young talent championship. All three Opel works drivers are also in the starting line-up of the ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Above all Griebel wants to successfully complete a hat-trick after finishing as class winner the last two years.


Tamara Molinaro is taking a different approach. For the 18-year-old Italian from Como driving the course car at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, it is about covering more kilometers in the Opel ADAM R2 with her experienced co-driver Ilka Minor from Austria at her side and gaining more experience as she works her way up the ranks. Partners Opel, Red Bull and Pirelli are accompanying her along this road as ambitiously as they are systematically – in a nutshell, real promotion of young talent.

Opel News - As last year, two rounds of the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup take place against the spectacular backdrop of the ADAC Deutschland Rally

Apropos promotion of young talent. ADAC and Opel have given this a completely new quality with the foundation of the ADAC Opel Rallye Academy. The three-stage Academy for young racing talents is dedicated to showing and paving the way to rallying. The best in the Academy in 2016 can look forward to a spot in the cockpit in the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup 2017. With this, Opel and ADAC present young German talent a unique way of developing themselves from the base to the pinnacle of the sport in Europe. The concept is extremely popular – within just a few weeks, all free spots in the ADAC Opel Rallye Academy were filled.