GUERLAIN CHICHERIT(fra) 1.8m / 75kg
Sport, design, motocross, adventures
MOTUL, FORD, RECARO, ZIMMERMANN IMMOBILIER
2022 : abandon étape 12
2016 : abandon étape 12
2015 : 45ème
2014 : abandon étape 4
2013 : 8ème
2011 : abandon
2010 : 5ème
2009 : 9ème
2007 : abandon étape 6
2006 : 9ème
2005 : 49ème
2022 : vainqueur du Rallye du Maroc / Andalucia Rally
2021 : vainqueur du Silk Way Rally
2009 : champion du monde de rallye tout terrain FIA (vainqueur UAE Desert Challenge et Transiberico)
2000 / 2002 / 2006 / 2007 : champion du monde de Free Ride (ski extrême)
2003 : championnat du monde de rallye (J-WRC)
“I want to give myself a chance to win the Dakar”
The Dakar occupies a special place at the crossroads of Guerlain Chicherit's multiple lives. The young man from Tignes very quickly became an ultra-talented jack-of-all-trades. A world champion in extreme skiing, the mountain man also has a monstrous drive that he spotted on his first rally experiences (J-WRC) and discovered the Dakar in 2005: 49th. Noticed by the X-Raid team, the fastest blond driver in the field showed his competitiveness in 2006, finishing 9th overall. Then, Guerlain's Dakar journey was full of twists and turns, sometimes too spectacular for his cars to handle. However, he has always displayed a certain panache and has a fifth-place finish in 2010; and two stage wins on his resume. He has also experienced the gamut of problems one can experience on the Dakar. Since his retirement in 2016, after exhausting himself trying to push the X-Raid-designed Zebra Buggy to the finish, Chicherit momentarily stepped away from his favourite but has multiplied his activities. The Savoyard now flourishes as an entrepreneur, maintaining his versatility as an essential asset. Invested in real estate, he has developed a high-end hotel concept in the mountains. His interest in cars also led him to create his racing team, competing in the world rally-cross championship. But his involvement is more importantly accompanied by a desire to orient motor racing towards environmental responsibility and to provide solutions for the energy transition in all areas. By founding the GCK industrial group, Chicherit is part of a forward-looking approach, of which one of the facets is based on the Dakar: he has the ambition to field the first hydrogen-powered vehicle capable of winning the rally by 2024-2025. For this natural-born competitor, the stakes are far more important than the result. GCK is already preparing to supply hydrogen-powered snow groomers for ski resorts, buses, and combine harvesters. Without losing sight of the hydrogen ambition, Chicherit and co-driver Alexandre Winocq have started by getting back to a champion's pace by taking their place in the BRX team's Hunter car this year, which they drove to victory on the Rally of Morocco. Having now returned to an optimal level of competitiveness and with a car capable of winning, Sébastien Loeb's team-mate can target the podium result, which has always eluded him.
G.C.: “What has happened this year is very positive. I instantly felt very comfortable with this car. Of course, when we test, we all think we are world champions, but these feelings were confirmed at the Rally of Morocco. In terms of pure speed, we were often the quickest. I had wanted to get back into a good car for a long time, and this one is capable of everything. In Morocco, I was careful to drive two notches below my potential, and I didn't make the slightest mistake: I arrived ready to battle and left feeling quite confident. The navigation was complicated, and yet Alex did a great job. I think we have the maturity to go the distance. The unknown factor is clearly the performance and reliability of the Audis, but they didn't stop once in Morocco! And generally speaking, I don't know if I've ever seen such a strong field of contenders.
While we wait to see how the regulations on alternative energy vehicles evolve, I have decided to keep things separate for the car we will be preparing with GCK. I want to give myself a chance to win the Dakar. And if in 2025 our car is ready, I will be prepared”.
- Mark PRODRIVE
- Model HUNTER
- Performance tuner Prodrive
- Assistance BRX
- Class T1+: Prototype Cross-Country Cars 4x4
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Chicherit takes the finale
When it's not Sébastien Loeb, it's another Prodrive driver who wins. No-one was faster than Guerlain Chicherit in the final special of the 45th Dakar, which he took by 1'36" over Mattias Ekström, who guaranteed an Audi presence at the finish, and 1'44" over Henk Lategan.
Guerlain Chicherit: “It was really difficult for us”
Although he finished fourth, at the foot of the podium for the day’s special, Guerlain Chicherit found it difficult to get out of his car at the end of the second part of the marathon stage. Still suffering from the aftereffects of the accident before the rest day, the GCK Motorsport driver had to grit his teeth and bear it to extricate himself from the Empty Quarter’s...
Chicherit moves into second
Guerlain Chicherit, the 14th driver to start, is enjoying a good start to the day for the first part of this marathon stage. For the moment, the Frenchman occupies second place, 1’10’’ behind Sébastien Loeb, who still leads after 63 km. Mattias Ekström has slipped down into third place, 1’35’’ behind the current stage...
Chicherit with gritted teeth
With his 14th placed finish yesterday, Guerlain Chicherit experienced another difficult day due to an accident at the start of the special. As on stage 6, he struggled to reach the finish of the special. “We hit something right at the start, which reminded me of what happened three or four days ago. I hit the bar again, like the last time. I had a sore head...
Guerlain Chicherit: "We had a big impact"
The Frenchman finished 14th today. An impact near the start made it yet another difficult day for him.
"We started the stage okay, but we had a big impact like the one we had a few days ago. That brought back my headache and I was sick almost the whole stage. I wanted to throw up. When you're not 100%... It was really hard for us to finish the stage."...
Guerlain Chicherit: “The dunes were not easy at the beginning”
The French driver has finished 3rd on the day’s special and for the sixth time in the top 5 on a stage since the start of the rally”.
“Again it was like a real Dakar stage. The dunes were not easy at the beginning. The sand was quite easy, but it was not easy to read the dunes, but I think we managed to get a good speed on...
Guerlain Chicherit : "It's not easy when you have to open the road"
Chicherit and his Hunter came in sixth in the special despite a less than optimal starting position.
"We caught the other openers really quickly. I followed Yazeed. It's not easy when you have only one mark, nor when we passed him and had to open the road. I think it was okay, we tried to dodge the stones, I think we made it. We will...
Guerlain Chicherit: "An exciting duel"
Crashing down the standings to over 5 hours behind Al Attiyah yesterday has not dampened the enthusiasm of the BRX driver, who continued to shine with the third fastest time of the day.
"It was a fantastic special. We struggled a bit with the navigation. We also had a flat tyre and then we found ourselves in the mix: first it was Nasser who has...
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