Toyota Le Mans racer Sarrazin returns to rallying with 8Star Motorsports

Stephane Sarrazin, Toyota works prototype driver in FIA World Endurance Championship, is set to return to rallying in the Rallye des Cévennes and the Tour de Corse, final round of the Eur

Stephane Sarrazin WRC Ford Fiesta
Stephane Sarrazin
WRC Ford Fiesta

opean Rally Championship. He will be racing at the wheel of a WRC Ford Fiesta entered by First Motorsport and carrying the colors of of and 8Star Motorsports.

Having been closely connected with ORECA for several years, Sarrazin will be coming back to a discipline where he has already excelled in the past. The 2004 French national rally champion, he then represented Subaru in the 2005 and 2006 seasons of the WRC.

Alongside his successful endurance programs – three poles and four podiums at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, three wins at the Petit Le Mans – Sarrazin never stopped rallying. He was on the 2009 Monte Carlo podium and won the Limousin and Mont-Blanc rallies in 2012. Last year, he came third in the Tour de Corse with First Motorsport’s Mini.

“I am very happy to come back to rally competition and to have the opportunity to take part in two of the most beautiful rally challenges,” said Sarrazin. “I want to thank Toyota Racing for giving me a green light to compete there on top of the World Endurance Championship.

“I just want to enjoy it clearly but I am also a competitor and I will be ambitious. The Rallyes des Cévennes will be a preparation for the Tour de Corse; I hope to be successful there since I’ll be at home. As for the Tour de Corse, it will be a fantastic opportunity for me to pit against the best contenders in Europe. Both challenges will stand as enriching experiences for me. Together with First Motorsport and the support of and 8Star Motorsports, I think that we could be challengers.”

Besides Sarrazin, many drivers will be taking part in the Tour de Corse, including current French champion Julien Maurin and 2012 Rallye Jeunes awardee Eric Camilli.