Bryan Bouffier is hoping to return to the FIA European Rally Championship this season by contesting next month’s Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse – an event he won in 2013.
Bouffier’s last ERC appearance was in Greece at the end of March when he claimed a strong second-place finish on the Acropolis Rally.
While his commitments to the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team have kept him busy since then, the Frenchman wants to conclude 2014 with an outing on his home round of the ERC.
“It’s been complicated with the budget but I will try to be there in Corsica,” Bouffier said in the summer. “I won the rally last year so it would be nice to repeat this [victory]. The new route looks nice and from speaking to the organiser it sounds like the stages will be interesting. I love this race so it would be nice to find a solution.”
Bouffier is currently contesting his home round of the world championship in a Hyundai i20 WRC. Several of his fellow ERC drivers will also be competing including Kevin Abbring, Kornél Lukács, Simone Tempestini, current ERC Junior pacesetter Stéphane Lefebvre and SATA Rallye Açores winner Bernardo Sousa.
October is go and this is a summary of what’s in store in the FIA European Rally Championship.
1 October: Rally Guide 2 for Rallye International du Valais is published
6 October: Closing date for entries for Rallye International du Valais
13 October: Rallye International du Valais entry list is published
20-22 October: Reconnaissance for Rallye International du Valais
20 October: Closing date for entries for Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse
22 October: Presentation of Rallye International du Valais cars and crews
23 October: Rallye International du Valais is go with Free Practice, Qualifying Stage and shakedown
23 October: Rallye International du Valais leg one
24 October: Rallye International du Valais leg two
25 October: Rallye International du Valais leg three and podium finish
25 October: Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse entry list is published
The all-new opening stage of Rallye International du Valais, round 10 of the FIA European Rally Championship, offers a lot more than just an early test for the crews contesting the Swiss encounter.
For the first time since the event has run under the Rallye International du Valais banner, the action will head to Upper Valais and the mainly German-speaking towns of Varen, Inden and Leukerbad (Varône-Inden-Loèche-les- Bains) for an exciting 8.25-kilometre stage from 15:00hrs local time on Thursday 23 October.
Located approximately 40 kilometres northeast of Sion, where the event will start and be located during legs one and two, Leukerbad (Loèche-les-Bains) houses some 65 thermal water sources and offers a wide range of wellness opportunities and activities. The Upper Valais resort is the major thermal and wellness destination in the Alps.
The 55th running of Rallye International du Valais also counts as the penultimate round of the ERC Production Car Cup, ERC 2WD Championship and ERC Junior Championship. Click here for more event information.