Former Formula One driver Stephane Sarrazin is the next addition to the GRC Europe grid
Stephane Sarrazin is one of the most versatile race drivers of today who has seen it all from all kinds of Formula racing, to the Le Mans Series, the WRC, and also four seasons in Formula-E.
“I am always looking for new challenges and when I learned about GRC Europe from Alex Wurz, who is totally hooked on Rallycross now, I had to find out about it. It looked very exciting from the start, particularly in bringing my off-road and tarmac skills together in a single race. To my great surprise, it was not too hard to find the sponsors due to the lower costs and here I am looking forward testing the brand-new PanteraRX6 car by MJP Racing,” the four-time Le Mans 24 Hours runner-up said.
When GRC Europe kicks off into its inaugural season on June 29/30 on the notorious Rallycross track in Dreux, France, home fans will now have a local hero to cheer for with Sarrazin.
The 43-year-old, who was with Minardi, Prost Grand Prix and Toyota in F1 before focusing on sportscar racing, added: “Rallycross is new to me, but it enables me to bring my circuit racing skills and rally experience together in GRC Europe. It is cool imagining how competitive racing will be for my experience. I am excited to race this car which from its specs is a monster compared to my previous race cars.”
“France is the Rallycross hotspot of the world with a huge spectator and fan following, so it is great to have a top driver from there on our grid now. It proves that there are star drivers like Steph out there looking for world class racing at a sensible cost,” GRC Europe CEO Max J. Pucher added. “GRC is a drivers’ sport developed and organized by drivers for drivers and the best action on track! BE LOUD, BE WILD, BE REAL is not only a tagline, but simply the essence of what GRC Europe is all about!”
The 2019 GRC Europe season starts with the official test at the MJP Arena Fuglau (Austria) in early May, before Sarrazin can chase points in Dreux at the end of June.
About Steph Sarrazin
Sarrazin went up through the ranks in Formula racing from the French Formula Renault, which he won in 1994, to Formula One in 1999. However, he also enjoyed success in sportscar racing, finishing runner-up at the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times and winning the Le Mans Series title in 2007 and 2010. In 2004, he also picked up rally driving, and has participated in 20 events on the World Rally, the European and the Intercontinental Rally Championships. Following a brief spell in the Australian V8 Supercars, he also spent four seasons in FIA Formula E.
About GRC Europe
MJP Promotions is the promoter of Global Rallycross Europe as the first of a worldwide Rallycross series with a joint Grand Finale event. In 2019, GRC Europe will field two categories, GRC Titans and GRC Supercars. GRC Titans will field up to fifteen PanteraRX6 cars, which have been specifically developed by MJP Racing in Austria, to cater for top notch Rallycross action at affordable pricing. Up to 20 GRC (FIA based) Supercars will battle for points in the other class. Balance of Performance (BOP) rules will guarantee a level grid. Two drivers team up with one car in each category.
GRC Europe 2019 Calendar
Round 1&2 – Dreux, FRA 29-30 June
Round 3&4 – Lydden Hill, GBR 27-28 July
Round 5&6 – Montalegre, POR 10-11 August
Round 7&8 – MJP Arena, AUT 7-8 September
Round 9&10 – Nyirád, HUN 5–6 October
Finale – Estering, GER 19-20 October