As from the next TCR International Series meeting at the Salzburgring (10-11 June), DG Sport Compétition will welcome a new member: Frenchman Grégoire Demoustier will in fact be joining the Slovak Mato Homola in the Theux based team that represents Opel in the category’s highest level.
At the ripe age of 26 years, Grégoire Demoustier already boasts quite some experience. Having ’’gained his spurs” in various one-make series (THP Spider Cup, Mitjet, Formula BMW, Formula Renault 2.0), he then moved on to the GT world in 2010 at the wheel of such cars as Aston Martin, Mercedes AMG and McLaren, defending the colours of such renowned teams as Hexis Racing and ART Grand Prix. As from 2015 he competes in the World Touring Car Series with a Chevrolet entered by Craft-Bamboo Racing and then a Citroën of Sébastien Loeb Racing, prior to this year opting for a far more diverse programme: “Indeed, I’m participating in three entirely different disciplines: since the beginning of the season I’m competing in the World Rallycross Championship with a Peugeot 208 Supercar and in GT4 with a Porsche Cayman; and I’m getting ready to discover the TCR International Series at the wheel of an Opel Astra.”
Grégoire perfectly measures up to the challenge ahead: “Even though I will be able to count on the experience I gained during my two campaigns in WTCC, I will need to find the reflexes required when handling a front-wheel drive, entirely different from a rallycross 4X4 or that of a GT4. This is the reason why I have not set myself a precise objective for the Salzburgring meeting. I will take it on and take my bearings at the wheel of the Opel and become better acquainted with the DG Sport Compétition team. When reviewing the images of the recent TCR International Series races, I quickly observed that the places are hard fought for and at times rather ‘beefed up’. That doesn’t worry me as I learnt to command respect during my participations in the WTCC. All in all I can’t wait to take on this new chapter in my career, knowing that the TCR is only in the beginning faze of its development.”
The arrival of Grégoire Demoustier brings back good memories at DG Sport Compétition, as emphasised by its Director Christian Jupsin: “We have already welcomed a French driver, Quentin Gilbert, and we can but congratulate ourselves with that seeing our collaboration resulted in a double world title– JWRC and WRC3 – which to a great extent contributed to the renown of our team. Admittedly, it was a rally where we benefitted from a wider experience than in circuit racing. However, the parallel remains valid as the entire team displays a flawless motivation. With the support of Opel Motorsport and Kissling, we want to impose the Astra TCR at the highest level! During the previous races, Mato Homola and Pierre-Yves Corthals – and I would like to emphasise the major part he played in the car’s development –were frequently playing a leading role. At times something minor or a touch of luck was lacking not allowing them to enjoy a thoroughly deserved victory. I’m willing to wager that with Mato and Grégoire, DG Sport Compétition will very shortly be reaping its first laurels in the TCR International Series.”