We take advantage of a break after a few runs, to question Nicolas on his young career and his feelings towards Mitsubushi.
Nicolas, when did you first realize your attraction to rallying: “My father brought me to rallies at a very young age. He already owned a few beautiful vehicles and I enjoyed accompanying him, finding myself in the At the age of 16, even before having my license, I started to practice the circuit.Initially, I found it a bit tedious, but I quickly had fun while increasing my experience. These were 2 rich years of teaching. I was then finally able to start practicing my favorite sport: rallying “.
How did you become a semi-official driver for Citroën: “In the world of rallying, a lot of observers are working to spot drivers with potential. I had the chance to be Espoir Échappement in 2014, when I was I was only 16 years old, driving a 208 (Racing Cup Peugeot Sport). Then I won the title of vice-world champion in junior rallies in 2017. I then had the chance to win some great events, such as the 59th edition of the Rallye du Touquet in 2019 “.
Can you tell us a few words about the world of rallying? “It is above all a human adventure. The co-pilot, the team, the mechanics … there is a formidable team spirit which allows you to have fun while having the feeling of being part of a family very close-knit, passionate about racing. ”
The search for sponsors is a constant preoccupation: “Yes, it is true, a rally season represents a considerable financial amount. I am lucky to benefit from my father’s experience and the support of loyal sponsors, but I have to admit that we are still looking for funding … so if you could get the message across! ” (laughs).
A word about the day today: “I am doing the Sauvan Historic team a service by participating in the debugging of the Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 and I take this opportunity to help the Car Muséum Club which supports me. allows you to kill two birds with one stone.In addition, after driving an R5 Turbo Tour de Corse this week at Turini, I am continuing with the Mitsubishi Galant at Utelle … we can say that I combine work, pleasure and experience ! ”
What do you think of the Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 prepared by Sauvan Historic? “It’s a historic car, interesting, with a strong character. I compare with my Citroën C3 R5 WRC2 and I appreciate the progress made in terms of engine, but especially in terms of chassis and damping. elsewhere a little trouble with the braking of the time, which seems to me really far from current standards, but that is undoubtedly part of the charm of the VHC. We aim for the pleasure of driving, before the performance. It makes sense to compare cars that are 30 years apart. However, I felt positive about the Mitsubishi. After this day of “burn-in”, we will certainly find areas for improvement. It is a car that really has good potential in HCV. ”
Enough about rally and sponsors, can you tell us a few words about your other passions? “The world of rallying is time consuming, but I try to devote time to my other passions, such as motorcycling and cinema. I also support the cause of animals and the actions of the NGO Sea Sheperd, which is devotes to the protection of the marine ecosystem and biodiversity. ”