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2014-12-10

- The Opel ADAM R2 shakes up European rallye circuit
- Championships in Germany, Spain and France
- 28 class or division wins in 39 starts



Rüsselsheim. The Opel ADAM R2 has shaken up the European rallye circuit and shocked the strong competition in the first year of its international registration (homologation). In 39 starts, the pilots of the ADAM R2 with 190 hp celebrated 28 class or division wins and four national championships.

The ADAM R2s of Opel Motorsport Team France hit it big in the French Rallye Championship last weekend. Yoann Bonato outpaced 42 opponents at the season finale, the Rallye du Var, in the south of France, celebrated his fourth win of the season and cruised to the title in the R2 category. Furthermore, Charlotte Berton recorded her fifth individual success of the season and won the French Women’s Rallye Championship.

Opel factory driver Marijan Griebel won six out of eight national championship races in the German Rallye Championship and the ADAC Masters and celebrated the Division 5 title before the last race of the season. In addition, Griebel won the R2 Category of the ADAC Rallye Germany, one of the races belonging to the World Rallye Championship.

In the Spanish Rallye Championship Esteban Vallin from Red Opel Motorsport Team Spain was in dominant form. Eight class wins gave him the R2 championship title. He was also runner-up in Division 2 for front-wheel drive vehicles and finished fourth in the overall rankings.

“Change your mind has also had an impact on the European rallye circuit. Our ADAM R2 has immediately established itself as a modern, fast and reliable rallye car. 28 wins in 39 starts speak for themselves. Championships in Germany, France and Spain along with impressive displays at World and European Championship level have not gone unnoticed. We are obviously delighted with the numerous purchase enquiries from all over Europe because they also show that the ADAM R2 is extremely successful.”


 

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I had no idea bedford was a GM company. It would be the perfect brand to export GMC to Europe, provided GM is ready to engineer right hand drive for UK
The Bedford brand hasn't been used for 23 years and was only relevant to the UK - since GMC has no European presence it would make more sense to use that brand, it would have the advantage of being global.

Can we take the term "engineer" out of GM's inability to do RHD outside of Opel/Vauxhall and Holden - I feel sure that the engineers in Detroit are perfectly capable of designing/building RHD but their management continuously chooses to ignore it.
 

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The Bedford brand hasn't been used for 23 years and was only relevant to the UK - since GMC has no European presence it would make more sense to use that brand, it would have the advantage of being global.

Can we take the term "engineer" out of GM's inability to do RHD outside of Opel/Vauxhall and Holden - I feel sure that the engineers in Detroit are perfectly capable of designing/building RHD but their management continuously chooses to ignore it.
Bedford is a brand that sold out through out the British former Empire.
 
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