Dream ended for Theunissen (Future World) Belgian team Future World was a disappointed squad at the beginning of Leg 3 from the ADAC Deutschland Rally, as a possible 11th position turned into a retirement. A broken central propshaft ...
Dream ended for Theunissen (Future World)
Belgian team Future World was a disappointed squad at the beginning of Leg 3 from the ADAC Deutschland Rally, as a possible 11th position turned into a retirement. A broken central propshaft forced Theunissen-Genten to retire after the driver hit a bank in SS18. At the wheel of their Toyota Corolla WRC tuned by Future World, Theunissen was leading the unofficial "amateur" category.
ADAC Deutschland Rally was the first WRC entry for Theunissen-Genten, leader of the 2002 Belgian Rally Championship. After the light "recce" program common to all WRC events, Theunissen ended Leg 1 (8 SS) with a satisfying 19th position. On Leg 2, Theunissen began to push harder to wipe out a 40 seconds penalty imposed for late TC arrival. He managed to take the leadership of the "amateur" category two special stages later. Sunday morning, Kremer (Focus WRC) went off and offered position 12th to Theunissen. All team was dreaming about the top 10 when Rocco hit a bank, badly damaging the transmission. Dream was over in SS18.
"With twenty-two Priority 1 cars at the start, a flirt with a final Top 10 position was more than a dream, told Gérard Magniette, team manager of Future World. The fact was that Rocco has made no error during two days. And our Corolla WRC met no problem, except the single release of a pipe from the hydraulic system, forcing him to drive with the manual gear lever during three special stages. We feel sorry for Rocco and Lilly but we hope - thank to the specific WRC starting order regulations - they've enjoyed to drive part of Leg 3,... only two minutes behind Loeb ! "
On next September 7-8, Theunissen-Genten will try to secure the 2002 Belgian Rally title in Roeselare during Omloop van Vlaanderen (round 5). ADAC Deutschland Rally was the first WRC event for Future World since the 13th place of Verreydt-Elst (Impreza WRC) in San Remo 1998.