Former Junior World Rally Championship driver Guerlain Chicherit will race a JRM Racing Mini RX Supercar in the French and Italian rounds of the World Rallycross Championship this season.
The Frenchman, who is arguably most famous for back-flipping a Mini in the French Alps in 2013, has been planning a World RX appearance since early last year.
“I’m super happy that JRM is giving me this opportunity to drive its Mini against guys like my fellow Monster Energy team-mates Petter Solberg and Liam Doran,” said Chicherit.
Chicherit finished fifth overall on the Dakar Rally in 2010, co-driven by experienced Swede Tina Thorner.
“I’ll be there to learn as much as possible about the car and the racing, and if I can cause a bit of heat on the track at the same time – even better. Racing at Loheac will be particularly special for me. I can’t wait to see my close friends, fans and the amazing French crowd. I hope I will be able to do them proud.”
JRM Racing has contested three World RX events so far this season as it prepares for a full programme in 2016.
At Hockenheim in May, American’s Dave Mirra and Danny Way debuted the team’s Minis, while double British Rally Champion Guy Wilks finished sixth at Lydden Hill.
Last weekend, the team ran a pair of Minis for Canadian drivers LP Dumoulin and Patrick Carpentier at their home round of World RX.
JRM Racing team principal James Rumsey is looking forward to working with Chicherit.
“Guerlain’s motorsport experience is extensive and that will serve him well in a category of racing where natural speed and the ability to set up a car are critical,” said Rumsey.
“One of Guerlain’s biggest strengths is that he’s a driver who is prepared to attack a new challenge head on – you can see that from his recent record attempts with Mini.
“He’s a driver that clearly likes to put on a good show and I’m sure that will guarantee some on-track excitement in France and Italy.”