Rower Sinkovic helps Fourmaux around WRC course in Croatia

Rower Sinkovic helps Fourmaux around WRC course in Croatia

20.04.2021: Olympic and world champion becomes co-driver ahead of Croatia Rally's debut. Rowing legend Martin Sinković has won

Olympic and world champion becomes co-driver ahead of Croatia Rally's debut.

Rowing legend Martin Sinković has won all there is to win in his sport after securing Olympic, World and European golds during a phenomenal career, however the calm waters of a rowing course are nothing like being a co-driver on a rollercoaster WRC course.

Here is all you need to know:

- Sinković was barely out of his teens when he picked up his first World Championship gold at Karapiro in 2010 as part of the Croatian quadruple sculls team and has since followed up with five more World golds, five European golds and an Olympic double sculls title at Rio 2016.

- Less than a week after winning European gold with brother Valent in the coxless pair at Varese, the Zagreb native traded in his oars for a powerful turbo engine and, with the help of driver Adrien Fourmaux, experienced the magic of one of the most adrenaline-fuelled motor sports.

- The Croatian teamed up with emerging FIA World Rally Championship talent Fourmaux to give fans a taste of the course that awaits rally stars in the debut of Croatia Rally from April 22-25.

- Fourmaux, 25, and Sinković found themselves together in a Ford Fiesta enjoying a trip out on Croatian asphalt as the Balkan country stages a World Rally Championship race for the first time.

- Sinković, a member of the most successful rowing duo in the history of Croatia, is used to being in control of his own vessel, so the co-driving was a completely new experience for him.

- Sinković, 31, said: "I thought it was going to be very exciting, but I didn't know rally was this challenging. You drive through narrow streets, there are many bends and it takes a lot of skill. It was a lot of fun, but also a bit scary to be belted up in the passenger seat, without having any control. As a driver, I am used to hitting the brake in order to control the speed. Here, as a co-driver, I had a brake I could hit when I panicked, but all it did was turn the wipers on and off!"

- Fourmaux, who Sinković invited to try rowing on Lake Jarun, added: "It was great! I like the rally track and I am very happy to be here. This is going to be my first time driving for M-Sport in the headline WRC category and I hope for the best possible result at the Croatia Rally."

- After this fun experience, Sinković is back to rowing and preparations for the Tokyo Olympics this summer where he and his brother will be competing for their third Games medal in a row.

Red Bull Media also photos


20.04.2021 / MaP

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