WRC2 leader Yohan Rossel recruits new co-driver for Rally Italia Sardegna

WRC2 leader Yohan Rossel recruits new co-driver for Rally Italia Sardegna

Festus Chuma 10:12 - 18.05.2024

WRC2 leader has partnerred with new co-driver for Rally Italia Sardegna after parting ways with his previous partner.

WRC2 leader Yohan Rossel will co-drive with Benjamin Boulloud at Rally Italia Sardegna following the end of his partnership with Arnaud Dunand. 

Rossel, who currently tops the WRC2 championship standings by 10 points over Oliver Solberg, shared the news shortly after Dunand announced his decision to step down from the role.

Since joining forces in 2022, Rossel and Dunand celebrated three victories at WRC2 level and secured a third-place finish in last year’s WRC2 championship. 

Reflecting on their successful partnership, Rossel expressed his gratitude and respect for Dunand's decision.

“After almost two years spent together and a lot of good memories, Arnaud Dunand has decided to take a step back and our collaboration comes to an end,” Rossel posted on his social media pages.

 “I would like to thank him for all the incredible job he has done during these past few months. I will never forget our victories and I’m proud to have achieved a part of the road with him. I totally respect his decision and I wish Arnaud the very best for the future."

The announcement also came with news of his new co-driver.

 “I’m also happy to announce I will share the Citroën C3 Rally2 with Benjamin Boulloud in Sardinia,” Rossel added.

Boulloud is no stranger to success, having previously guided Rossel to a sixth-place WRC2 finish at Rallye Monte-Carlo in 2022.

 In addition to his experience in the WRC2, Boulloud has also won several rounds of the FIA European Rally Championship and clinched last year’s French Tarmac title alongside Yoann Bonato.

Rossel's decision to bring Boulloud onboard highlights his commitment to maintaining his lead in the WRC2 championship. 

Rally Italia Sardegna, set to take place from 30 May to 2 June, is a critical event in the season where Rossel's new partnership with Boulloud aims to secure another strong performance.

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