Romain Dumas second in RGT for his first Monte Carlo appearance

At the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0l, Romain Dumas finished second in the R-GT class, with six fastest times.

Romain Dumas second in RGT for his first Monte Carlo appearance
Romain Dumas
Romain Dumas and Denis Giraudet, Porsche 911
Romain Dumas
French actor Dany Boon and Romain Dumas
Romain Dumas and Denis Giraudet, Porsche 911
Romain Dumas and Denis Giraudet, Porsche 911
Romain Dumas and Denis Giraudet, Ford Fiesta RS WRC
#14 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb
Romain Dumas, Porsche Team

Before the start of the endurance season, with the Porsche Team and the new Porsche 919 Hybrid, Romain Dumas immediately followed up his Dakar experience with the Rallye Monte Carlo for his first big challenge of 2015.

Following a successful first experience in rally-raid despite retiring due to a broken gearbox, the Alès, France native reached the finish of the grueling Rallye Monte Carlo in his very first participation.

At the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0l, developped and entered by his own team, Romain Dumas finished second in the R-GT class, with six fastest times alongside his co-driver Denis Giraudet.

Doing the Monte Carlo immediately following the Dakar was a gutsy bet.

Romain Dumas

For his very first participation in the legendary Monte Carlo, and generally because it’s a rally that features snowy and icy stages, Romain Dumas started the event cautiously on Thursday. Gaining in confidence, he upped his tempo, clocking the fastest time in class on three of the six stages on Friday : La Salle en Beaumont - Corps twice, and Les Costes – St Julien en Champsaur.

The following day, the official Porsche driver added another fastest stage time to his tally, this time on the longest stage of the rally. The last day of the event also proved to be positive, with two more R-GT quickest times, both on the Col St Jean – St Laurent stage. Romain also finished an impressive 18th overall on the power stage to end the rally second in R-GT and 26th in the general classification.

"I was expecting a difficult rally, and it was " admits Romain Dumas. " The numerous issues encountered by many competitors confirms this. For us, the first objective was to avoid mistakes and finish the rally. A lot of things were new for me, as well as for the team. It was our first Monte Carlo and experience here is particularly valuable. We had a disadvantage in that departmen but we tried to make up for it as much as possible. Some stages were more difficult than others. When they were closer to what we are used to, we showed that we can be competitive.

Like everyone else, we encountered every type of road condition imaginable, and in that light, we learned a lot. The most important for us was to take in all the experience we could with the goal of future participations. Overall, the result is positive, even if I’m always aiming to win. We know what we have to work on and we will work in that direction. Doing the Monte Carlo immediately following the Dakar was a gutsy bet ! And to do it with a Porsche was even more gutsy. But I don’t regret it. I think generally people appreciated seeing Porsches back at the Monte Carlo ! I hope we can do it again in the future. "

Romain Dumas will now start preparations for his 'circuit' season with the Porsche Team, where he will drive one of the 919 Hybrid entries in the World Endurance Championship and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Romain Dumas

shares
comments
Ogier wins Rally Monte Carlo

Previous article

Ogier wins Rally Monte Carlo

Next article

Toyota confirms World Rallying comeback

Toyota confirms World Rallying comeback
Load comments
How Finland's newest rally hero made WRC history in Estonia Prime

How Finland's newest rally hero made WRC history in Estonia

Kalle Rovanpera broke a decade-old record in becoming the World Rally Championship's youngest-ever winner in a truly dominant performance on Estonia's fast gravel roads. Staving off the challenge of Hyundai's Craig Breen, his committed drive showed a maturity beyond his 20 years that gives Toyota's post-Ogier era a far brighter complexion

WRC
Jul 19, 2021
How WRC's new Safari adventure ended with a familiar tale Prime

How WRC's new Safari adventure ended with a familiar tale

The World Rally Championship’s delayed return to the Safari Rally was always set throw up some surprises, but aside from a spirited showing by Thierry Neuville it became another painful event for Hyundai in 2021. Once again it was Sebastien Ogier who took full advantage as he completed a stunning comeback drive

WRC
Jun 28, 2021
Remembering Colin McRae’s final WRC win Prime

Remembering Colin McRae’s final WRC win

The Safari Rally returns to the World Rally Championship this weekend for the first time since 2002 - when crowd favourite Colin McRae set aside the maximum attack style for which he was renowned to deliver a textbook third win.

WRC
Jun 23, 2021
How Hyundai's broken record gave Toyota a special Sardinia 1-2 Prime

How Hyundai's broken record gave Toyota a special Sardinia 1-2

For the second WRC gravel rally in a row, a promising Friday for Hyundai turned into desolation as Toyota gratefully picked up the pieces. This time it was championship leader Sebastien Ogier who took full advantage after Ott Tanak and Dani Sordo retired to score a memorable victory, having swept the road on the first two days

WRC
Jun 7, 2021
Why there's no easy fix for Hyundai's operational Achilles Heel Prime

Why there's no easy fix for Hyundai's operational Achilles Heel

Hyundai Motorsport boss Andrea Adamo was vocal in his criticism of his team's tyre choices on Rally Croatia and declared that he "had better move my ass and solve it". Doing so will be vital to getting Hyundai's 2021 WRC title hopes back on track, but finding the root of the problem won't be the work of a moment

WRC
Apr 28, 2021
How Ogier survived road crash drama to triumph in Croatia Prime

How Ogier survived road crash drama to triumph in Croatia

Sebastien Ogier was already in an incredibly tight fight at Rally Croatia before a surprise collision with public road traffic at the start of the final day. But the defending champion held his nerve to take a narrow victory and create further World Rally Championship history

WRC
Apr 26, 2021
Why WRC's hybrid path could leave it at a crossroads Prime

Why WRC's hybrid path could leave it at a crossroads

With all three major manufacturers committing to the World Rally Championship’s hybrid era from 2022, the future of the series is assured for now, but it could lead to trickier twists and turns further down the road

WRC
Apr 1, 2021
How Tanak froze out the competition at the Arctic Rally Prime

How Tanak froze out the competition at the Arctic Rally

Ott Tanak made up for a disastrous Monte Carlo Rally by leading all the way on the snow-kissed stages of the Arctic Rally Finland and in the process hit back at an event Toyota had been expected to dominate…

WRC
Mar 1, 2021