Guerlain Chicherit

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Guerlain Chicherit
NationalityFlag of France.svg  French
Born (1978-05-20) 20 May 1978 (age 42)
Tignes, France
FIA World Rallycross Championship career
Debut season 2015
Current team GC Kompetition
Car number36
Former teamsFors Performance
JRM Racing
Starts33
Wins0
Podiums0
Best finish11th in 2018
Finished last season12th

Guerlain Chicherit (born 20 May 1978 in Paris) is a French rally and rallycross driver, and a professional skier who was four times world champion in freeriding (1999, 2002, 2006 and 2007).

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Biography

He made his professional motorsport debut in the French Rally Cup driving a Citroën Saxo, and after a successful season in 2003 he became an official Citroën driver. [1] In 2006, after winning the 2005 Dakar Challenge, he attended his first Dakar Rally, driving a BMW X3, and won a stage on his way to finishing 9th in the final classification.

In the 2009 Dakar Rally he suffered an accident while fighting in the general classification, [2] and finished 9th. [3]

Guerlain Chicherit, driving the BMW X-Raid 2009 GuerlainChicherit02.jpg
Guerlain Chicherit, driving the BMW X-Raid 2009

Later that year, after achieving a great series of results including a 3rd place in the Tunisia Rally and wins on Rally Transibérico and UAE Desert Challenge, he won the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup with co-driver Tina Thörner. [4]

In the 2010 Dakar Rally, Chicherit was able to get another stage win and finish 5th in the final classification with an X-Raid BMW. [5]

In the 2013 Dakar Rally, Chicherit won a stage and finished 8th overall driving an SMG buggy. In 2013, he also became the first driver to complete an unassisted backflip in a car. [6]

In March 2014 Chicherit tried to break the world record for the longest car jump in Tignes, France. He crashed spectacularly on landing (which became a viral video on YouTube), but only suffered relatively minor injuries.

In August 2015 Chicherit joined JRM Racing for two events in the FIA World Rallycross Championship driving the MINI RX in the Supercar class in Loheac, France, and Franciacorta, Italy.

In 2016, Chicherit again tackled the Dakar Rally, driving an X-Raid Buggy but retiring on medical grounds following a steering related issue during SS5. 2016 also saw Chicherit rejoin the FIA World Rallycross Championship, teaming up with Monster Energy athlete Liam Doran at JRM Racing for selected events in France, Barcelona and Germany. However, a non-start for Chicherit in Loheac meant he also entered the first ever event in Riga, Latvia.

Chicherit announced plans to form his own team, GC Kompetition, driving a pair of Renault Mégane RS RXs in the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship. [7] The team got a podium in its first season through Jérôme Grosset-Janin in Holjes.

2019 saw Guerlain and GC Kompetition continue its involvement in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, growing to a 5 car team by the end of the season - with 3 Renault Mégane RS RXs, and a pair of Renault Clio RS RXs making up the new GCK Academy team. Guerlain had his strongest season yet, threatening the top of the timesheets on a regular basis and sealing his best ever finish with 4th in Canada despite suffering mechanical issues in the final.

Away from sports, Chicherit is involved in property development. He has his own company, GC Kollection, which designs and builds glamourous chalets in the Alps - with the appearance of traditional log cabin styles, but inside they are upscale modern wooden condominiums. [8] Guerlain has many other business ventures including GCK Energy, the innovative mobile energy storage solution, which won the FIA tender to power the upcoming electrification of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. [9]

Racing record

Dakar Rally results [10]

(key)

YearVehiclePositionStages won
2005 Nissan49th0
2006 BMW X39th1
2007 X-Raid BMWRet.0
2009 X-Raid BMW9th0
2010 X-Raid BMW5th1
2011 X-Raid MiniRet.0
2013 SMG buggy8th1
2014 SMG buggyRet.0
2015 X-Raid buggy45th0
2016 X-Raid buggyRet.0

Complete FIA World Rallycross Championship results

(key)

Supercar

YearEntrantCar12345678910111213WRXPoints
2015 JRM Racing MINI RX Countryman POR
HOC
BEL
GBR
GER
SWE
CAN
NOR
FRA
28
BAR
TUR
ITA
16
ARG
34th1
2016 JRM Racing MINI RX Countryman POR
HOC
BEL
GBR
NOR
SWE
CAN
FRA
31
BAR
20
LAT
21
GER
21
ARG
26th0
2017 Fors Performance Renault Clio IV BAR
21
POR
HOC
21
BEL
20
GBR
NOR
19
SWE
CAN
FRA
LAT
GER
RSA
32nd0
2018 GC Kompetition Renault Mégane RS RX BAR
12
POR
5
BEL
12
GBR
15
NOR
15
SWE
14
CAN
15
FRA
12
LAT
10
USA
9
GER
13
RSA
12
11th68
2019 GC Kompetition Renault Mégane RS RX UAE
8
BAR
9
BEL
13
GBR
7
NOR
10
SWE
14
CAN
4
FRA
13
LAT
15
RSA
7
12th73

RX2 International Series

YearEntrantCar1234567RX2Points
2017 Olsbergs MSE RX2 BEL GBR NOR SWE CAN
15
FRA
RSA
12
20th8

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