Started in 2021 and partnered by TotalEnergies, the Opel Electric Rally Cup “powered by GSe” has been an instant hit. This is hardly a surprise, given not only its 100% electric concept – a highly innovative approach in rallying – but also its carefully-designed regulations that promote the involvement of younger competitors.
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Although this first edition of the Opel Electric Rally Cup “powered by GSe”, won decisively by the French driver Laurent Pellier, a stalwart of Stellantis Motorsport and TotalEnergies’ rallying promotional formulas, was almost exclusively contested in Germany, its race calendar has since then expanded abroad. It now features eight events, including three solely held in Germany, as well as a round in Switzerland, one in Austria, two in France, and the new WRC Central European Rally, based in Germany, Czech Republic and Austria, to conclude the season.
Entry fees stand at €7,500 excl. tax, but these include the provision of overalls for the crew and Opel Electric Rally Cup “powered by GSe” official clothing, as well as other benefits. Above all, entry provides competitors with the chance to win the substantial prize money that is given out at each round. In fact, there is some €6,900 up for grabs at every rally, split between the top ten. At the same time, in order to keep costs down, each Opel Corsa-e Rally driver may only select a maximum of six slick tyres and six rain tyres per race.
Points are awarded at each rally to the top fifteen, as well as the first five in the Power Stage.
This is how the final standings of the Opel Electric Rally Cup “powered by GSe” are determined. Junior standings, restricted to competitors aged twenty-six and under, are also established and the top three drivers share the tidy sum of €30,000 at the end of the year. The same three drivers are invited to take part in a driver selection process, along with other talented youngsters. The process is designed to identify the competitors who will join Opel’s Junior driver development programme, with the chance to take part in several international events in an Opel Corsa Rally4 the following season.