Opel e-Rally Cup: Electric one-make cup starts into season

The ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup is in the starting blocks. On the 6th/7th The season for the first all-electric rally championship at the Rallye Sulingen starts on May 1st. The Automobile Club of Germany will also be there. Like last year, AvD Young Talent Max Reiter (Dillingen) and co-driver Lina Meter (Nonnweiler) are contesting the cup.

As reigning vice champions, the two Saarlanders are among the favorites for the title in the world’s first one-make cup with all-electric vehicles. In addition, the AvD is a new partner of the HJS DMSB Rallye Cup. The series for young and hobby drivers will be held with seven rallies each in the north and south regions and a joint finale. One of the top events of the HJS DMSB Rallye Cup this year is the AvD Sachsen Rallye (May 19th to 21st, 2022), a race in the northern region of Zwickau and in the Saxon Vogtland.

“Our successful young talent development program AvD Young Talent is entering its second year with a proven cast. Max Reiter and co-driver Lina Meter already know the Opel Corsa-e Rally very well. But they face the big challenge of some rallies that are new to them. I’m curious to see how they manage this task,” says Volker Strycek, sports president of the AvD.

Max Reiter and co-driver Lina Meter.

Max Reiter has long been in the middle of preparations for the new season. “The vehicles from the Opel e-Rally Cup now have a technically modified differential. This is a big step in the right direction. This makes the car much easier to control on surfaces with changing grip conditions,” the 22-year-old explains the most important technical change.

While the change from the Torsen to the multi-disc locking differential primarily benefits the driving style, another upgrade is a service for spectators at the special stages: the electronically generated road noise of the 100 kW (136 hp) Opel Corsa-e Rally now sounds more concise and therefore even more so more like motorsport.

The calendar of the innovative one-make cup has also grown up in a certain way. Four rounds of the German Rally Championship are on the program for the field of twelve registered teams plus additional guest drivers depending on the rally. They are supplemented by one rally each from the national championships in France, Austria and the Netherlands.

“The level has risen in all areas compared to 2021. We only drive really big rallies. In addition, there are some strong newcomers among my competitors,” analyzes Reiter. “Nevertheless, of course we want to live up to our position as vice champions of the previous season and are aiming for a top position again. In any case, I’m really looking forward to my second season as AvD Young Talent and I’m proud of the trust that continues to be placed in me.”

The flagship of the rallies carried out by AvD local clubs is the AvD Sachsen Rallye in the current season. From May 19th to 21st, it will take the teams, including the participants in the HJS DMSB Rallye Cup, to the town of Zwickau. The atmosphere around the start/finish area on the historic Kornmarkt is unique among German rally fans. The sporting decision is made on consistently asphalted special stages, including the legendary “Glück-Auf-Bridge” stage in the middle of Zwickau.

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