Friday | 09 Jan 2015

Protasov waits for 2015 confirmation

Yuriy Protasov hopes to confirm his 2015 WRC programme following the opening round at Rallye Monte-Carlo (22 - 25 January).

The Ukraine driver will tackle the season-opener in a Citroen DS3 WRC run by the Italian D-Max Racing squad and plans to finalise what could be a substantial schedule soon after.

Protasov drove 12 rounds last season as he mixed a WRC 2 campaign with three outings in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

He finished fourth in WRC 2 after leading the standings until Rally Italia Sardegna in June, and was 11th at both ADAC Rallye Deutschland and RallyRACC - Rally de España in the World Rally Car.

Protasov will test the DS3 WRC near Gap on 17 January and hopes Rallye Monte-Carlo will be the start of a busy season.

Yuriy Protasov - hoping to confirm WRC programme

“Our objective is to keep going forward and grow up as a crew,” he said. “We have received an interesting offer to start the season with the DS3 WRC. This project has big potential. We begin with Monte-Carlo and hope that everything will be OK.”

This will be D-Max’s first WRC event and Protasov’s programme supervisor, Luca Pregliasco, said the Italian squad was perfect for the Ukrainian’s next career step.

D-Max boss Max Beltrami is excited by his team’s WRC debut.

“I believe Protasov has great potential and his WRC 2 win at last year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo is boosting expectations. Our team is working hard to become the right alternative to existing WRC teams,” he said.‎

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