Gregoire Munster experienced a difficult Monza Rally

Gregoire Munster experienced a difficult Monza Rally

07.12.2020: On the final day of the Monza Rally Grégoire Munster and Louis Louka (Hyundai i20 R5) were forced the throw in the towel within sight of the finish.


On the final day of the Monza Rally Grégoire Munster and Louis Louka (Hyundai i20 R5) were forced the throw in the towel within sight of the finish.



 Just after a hairpin bend Munster drove over a steel cable resulting in the car turning over. An abrupt ending to a difficult rally held in very heavy conditions. A hard learning experience which in no way detracts from the fabulous debut season as official Hyundai Belux driver.



Grégoire Munster was at the start with a car entered by Hyundai Motorsport and run by the Red and Grey team. The competitors faced extremely difficult conditions. The rain was bucketing down whereby the final round held on the Monza circuit looked more like the legendary RAC-rally where the competitors tackled short special stages with a fair number of chicanes in the British parks.



In the opening run on Thursday, as he approached the gravel section at slow speed, Grégoire Munster slid into a small wall. Notwithstanding the slight impact the right steering rod bent, with as outcome the reason for a slower 9th time in WRC3.



The rain did not hold off and on Friday the special stages were drenched. Munster started the day with a skid after which the engine died. Six special stages later he had climbed up into 23rd spot. On Saturday the drivers headed for the Pre-Alps where they were faced with a snow-free course.


By Saturday midday Munster had moved on up into 21st place.  Shortly after it started snowing heavily. Due to numerous incidents only one out of the three stages in the mountains was tackled. Munster put in a great performance in the Gerosa section, climbing on up into 16th place to finally end the day 17th and 6th in WRC3.



On Sunday it looked as though he would finish in that position up until he drove over a steel cable, turned the car over and was forced to retire. A disappointment for Grégoire Munster who had expected far more from this rally, but who returns to Belgium with a great deal of experience under his belt. One underperformance does not detract from a season in which he finished third in ERC and became European Junior Vice-Champion.



“This was a difficult rally, perhaps even the most difficult of the entire season, and which did not kick-off well on Thursday afternoon” Grégoire Munster commented. “The major difficulty was to find the right pace on this special course and in these tricky conditions. What happened yesterday is a great pity and it certainly was not the intention to end the season in such a way. But then such things can happen.



It obviously does not make me happy, but I don’t wish to dwell on it for too long either. You can also learn a great deal in difficult moments. I know what I need to work on to be even stronger next year. I will especially retain this year’s positive aspects and wish to thank all those who contributed to it in one way or another.”




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