In the wake of the Rally Monza at the end of 2020, Cédric De Cecco has taken on an even more impressive challenge in the FIA World Rally Championship. When the Liège driver lined up at the start of the Monte Carlo Rally behind the wheel of the Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo for the Italian team Metior Sport, with Jérôme Humblet in the co-driver's seat, he knew that this unusual week would be as exciting as it was complicated. Having raced 14 stages, Cédric could not hide his joy on Sunday afternoon... "I'm happy!" he exclaimed. And with good reason. By placing 5th in the WRC3 category and 21st overall in the legendary event, De Cecco has easily fulfilled his contract...
"It was great," says Cedric. Everything is complicated on a Monte-Carlo course, and with days that sometimes started at 4 am, for reasons we all know, this 2021 race is one of the most difficult. Each day saw major challenges, every stage was tricky, or even very complicated, and choosing the right tyres was difficult. This Sunday, on the ice at the first of the two specialist stages on the programme, I felt good, which led to two fourth fastest times in WRC3, behind the French Citroën team, which has a lot more experience. Admittedly, there were time-consuming punctures, which made me lose contact with the Austrian Neubauer, as well as that time penalty which hurt, but all thing considered, this top 5 suits me just fine! We've beaten the elements, completing our second rally at the highest level..."
Let's face it, a Monte Carlo is not something you tackle alone..."As well as Jérôme, I would like to thank and congratulate the whole Metior Sport team, who did a great job throughout the event," says De Cecco. The car was perfect, it ran like clockwork, and that's one of the keys to hoping for such a result. Thanks also to my track test drivers Harry Bouillon and Geoffrey André. Together for the first time, especially under such conditions, they did a great job, and like us, they learned a lot..."
Cédric De Cecco will now return to Belgium and resume his usual professional activity. His racing record now shows two WRC entries and a top five finish in the Monte Carlo Rally. And there's no way he will forget that...
For the start of the WRC 2021, Cédric De Cecco proudly wore the colours of Yacco Belgium, Pepinster Primeurs, Roof Isolation, Groupe CED, Hofman Signalisation, Spa Racing, NPR Technic, Auto-Attelage, T-Management, Alter Ego, CDC Automotive, Marina Racewear, Berwaert Consulting srl, as well as Wallonia, as the driver has joined the list of Wallonia.be brand ambassadors.
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