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Yuriy Protasov

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Career Summary


Nationality:  UKR
Date of Birth: 23.04.1984
Age: 31
First Rally: 2011, Schweden

Season 2015

Classification: WRC2
Car: Ford Fiesta RRC
Co-driver: Pavlo Cherepin
Points: 90
Standing: 2
Rally Wins: 0
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 0

Season 2015

Classification: WRC
Car: Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Co-driver: Pavlo Cherepin
Points: 90
Standing: 2
Rally Wins: 0
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 0

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Here’s what makes him special:

• The son of a Ukrainian touring car ace, he’s got motorsport in his blood

• Ambitious and determined, his rise though the WRC ranks has been rapid

The story so far:

The son of touring car racer Leonid Protasov, it’s no surprise that Yurii’s motorsport career began on circuits. He started karting at the age of 10 and won his first championship aged 11.

He progressed through the classes in subsequent seasons, taking multiple titles along the way, before stepping up to Formula Ford in 2000.

At around the same time he got his first taste of rallying, initially co-driving for his father. He took the wheel himself in 2002 and liked it so much that he turned his back on a drive in the Formula Renault 2.0 Germany Cup to go rallying full time.

Accompanied by co-driver and backer Taras Chernukha, Protasov sped though the classes in the Ukrainian Championship, starting in 2002 with a Lada Samara and building to a Group N Subaru Impreza by 2005. He took his first Ukrainian title in 2008 and having established his own Darnitsa Motorsport team, set his sights on the international scene.
Tenth in the 2010 European Rally Championship, Protasov stepped up to the World Championship in 2011 with a taster three-round programme.

He contested seven WRC rounds in 2012, and got a big break by winning that year’s Subaru Trophy – which offered a prize of five rounds in a Symtech-run Impreza in 2013.

Accompanied by experienced co-driver Kuldar Sikk, Protasov boosted his prize drive with appearances in RRC and R5 Ford Fiestas and went on to take third in the WRC 2 championship. He stuck with Fiesta power for another WRC 2 season in 2014 when he established a new co-driving partnership with Pavlo Cherepin. The pair got off to a terrific start with wins in Monte Carlo and Mexico and went on to finish fourth in WRC 2.

In 2014 Protasov also tackled three rounds in the top-flight World Rally Car class. This year he returns for another busy programme in both WRC 2 and World Rally Car machinery.

Rally Classification Co-driver Rank Points
Rally Guanajuato México WRC2 Pavlo Cherepin 13. 10
Xion Rally Argentina WRC2 Pavlo Cherepin 13. 12
Rally Italia Sardegna WRC2 Pavlo Cherepin 7. 25
Neste Oil Rally Finland WRC2 Pavlo Cherepin 14. 15
Coates Hire Rally Australia WRC2 Pavlo Cherepin 11. 18
RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada WRC2 Pavlo Cherepin 14. 10
Wales Rally GB WRC2 Pavlo Cherepin 37. 0
Rallye Monte Carlo WRC Pavlo Cherepin 16. 0
Rally Sweden WRC Pavlo Cherepin 9. 2
Rally Guanajuato México WRC Pavlo Cherepin 13. 0
Xion Rally Argentina WRC Pavlo Cherepin 13. 0
Rally Italia Sardegna WRC Pavlo Cherepin 7. 6
Neste Oil Rally Finland WRC Pavlo Cherepin 14. 0
ADAC Rallye Deutschland WRC Pavlo Cherepin 15. 0
Coates Hire Rally Australia WRC Pavlo Cherepin 11. 0
Tour de Corse Rallye de France WRC Pavlo Cherepin 20. 0
RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada WRC Pavlo Cherepin 14. 0
Wales Rally GB WRC Pavlo Cherepin 37. 0


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