Rüsselsheim’s Guarantee for Success

The Opel ADAM R2 is still setting the bar in its fiercely competitive class in the fifth year of its homologation. In any case, last season’s result followed on seamlessly from that of the year before. The drivers on the 2018 ADAC Opel Junior Rally Team swept home to victory in the European Junior Rally Championship.

Alongside Latvian Mārtiņš Sesks’ two European titles in the FIA ERC Junior U27 and the ERC3, his co-driver Renārs Francis also took home the European co-driver crown, while the ADAC Opel Junior Rally Team came top of the national and team rankings, meaning the ADAM R2 won five out of a possible five titles on the European stage. Let’s take a look at best photos from the season.

Leaving the competition in the dust: The Opel ADAM R2 is still the most successful rally car in its class.

 

Azores Airlines Rally, Portugal

First Place for the ADAC Opel Junior Rally Team

 

Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés, Spain

Second Place for the ADAC Opel Junior Rally Team


Rally di Roma Capitale, Italy

One-two Finish for the ADAC Opel Junior Rally Team


Barum Czech Rally Zlín, Czech Republic

ADAC Opel Junior Rally Team on Course for the Title


Rally Poland, Poland

Opel Celebrates its Fourth European Championship in a Row

Rally Liepāja, Latvia

A Season Finale Straight out of a Picture Book


At the Starting Line in Twelve Championships

The ADAM R2 Also Prevailed at National Level

Opel customers have captured five titles across twelve national championships – Luca Waldherr in Austria (2WD category), Tim Novak in Slovenia (Division 2 and Division 5), as well as Grégoire Munster, who took home the Junior and RC4 prizes in the Belgian Rally Championship to go with his second-place finish in the ADAC Opel Rally Cup. The ‘lightning bolt’ is also traditionally strong in the German Rally Championship. Although 2018 didn’t see a title victory, wins in five classes and twelve podium finishes was enough. The Opel division in Italy also did well with four victories and five podium finishes, alongside the Opel division in Belgium (four victories and eight podium finishes). The ADAM R2 collected at least one class victory over a total of nine national championships.

Second place in the Opel Rally Cup: Grégoire Munster at the ADAC Three-City Rally.

You can’t take your eyes off of it: 226,000 enthusiastic fans came to see the ADAC Rally Germany in August.


 

December 2018

Text: Marcus Lacroix, Photos: Opel Motorsport