ERC : Romain Dumas to discover Ypres Rally !
Only a few days after taking part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Porsche Team in the 919 Hybrid, Romain Dumas is back to rallying. While the Alès, France native had not raced the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0l developed by RD Limited since Monte Carlo, he now heads to Belgium to discover the Ypres Rally, another round for the R-GT cup held alonside the ERC (European Rally Championship).
« A new terrain, a new experience »
Focused on his FIA World Endurance Championship season with the Porsche factory team, Romain Dumas has had a few rally test sessions since his Monte Carlo appearance in January. With these tests he was able to follow the development of several RD Limited prepared cars, from the Porsche 911 GT2, which takes part in hillclimb events, to the gravel version of the Porsche 911 2.7 RS Groupe 4, as seen at the Historics Morocco. And now, he returns to the cockpit of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0l for the Ypres Rally (June 25-27). This marks Romain’s first participation in the Belgian event, which, alongside co-driver Denis Giraudet, will be taking on with a certain amount of wisdom and humility.
« It’s a new rally for me and I’m expecting a difficult event.» he explains. « Ypres is an unmissable round on the calendar and I’m happy to finally have this opportunity. It’s a new terrain for the team, for myself, and our 911 GT3 RS 4.0l, so a new experience. I learned a lot at the Monte Carlo rally in difficult conditions. Ypres is a little bit the same. I’m not straying from my focus : we’ll have to make progress stage by stage and be at the finish without having problems We’ll see at the end, knowing that the competition is very tough. François Delecour, Marc Duez and Patrick Snijers are very experienced drivers and they have the advantage of already knowing Ypres. For me, it will all be new. »
After a throwback livery honoring Björn Waldegard at the Monte Carlo Rally, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0l will carry new colors at Ypres, with an allusion to the Belgian flag. For the occasion, Romain Dumas will have the support from a new partner, MED 48, propose a new generation boat, comfortable, with exceptional sailing qualities and sea handling, offered by par MED Yacht.