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Jourdan Serderidis, the WRC man most of us would like to be

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Jourdan Serderidis is the first to sign up to use an ex-WRC car in the Privateers Cup. He is exactly the type of person that should be using them and, let’s face it, if you or I were in the position to use one, we would leap at the opportunity.

It is a passion as Jourdan explains. Motorsport, particularly rallying provides opportunities to compete against the world’s best that so few other sports offer.

Jourdan Serderidis has taken to the WRC Privateers Cup and is our in Monte Carlo in his Citroen DS3 WRC // Photo: Jourdan Serderidis via Facebook //

“For sure when you do rallying you like to do the best and the top rallies. When you are an amateur, you have the opportunity to drive together with the professionals which is an advantage of this sport.”

“If you have the chance to do it, it is so nice to participate. You have to have a lot of different skills – it is challenging and I like it.”

“If you have the chance to do it, it is so nice to participate. You have to have a lot of different skills – it is challenging and I like it.”

But competing at the top as someone who loves the sport – rather than an athlete in his own right brings its own challenges.

“Nambucca – It is a big physical challenge for me. You have to sustain the concentration for 52km which is tough when you are 53!”

At the end of 2016 he was using a Citroen DS3 R5, and come the start of 2017 he has upgraded to the WRC model. And he keeps it on the stage. At the end of day 1 of the Monte, he was in 39th, at the end of day 2, in 27th.

If we cast our minds back to Rally Australia he was looking to get through to the end. It was his second trip to Australia, with the first ending just shy of the end of the final stage.

So needless to say, he was a happy man when he got to the finish of the 2016 Rally Australia and season.

Jourdan Serderidis finished fourth in WRC2 in Kennards Hire Rally Australia in his R5 Citroen DS3 // Photo: Sam Tickell www.racerviews.com //

“2 years ago, I retired on the last stage – Wedding Bells after the jump. I was scared to of this stage but we have finished now and we are very happy.”

And it has left him with a great memory of Australia, outside the beaches and summer heat.

Australia for me is a beautiful country. The organisation is very good and the stages – Nambucca and Valla are very nice.”

“I love the Valla – you have the smooth corners – the stage is fantastic.“

“I would like to be back [in Australia]. I am in the WRC Privateers Cup next year so I will hope to be back.”

“I would like to be back [in Australia]. I am in the WRC Privateers Cup next year so I will hope to be back.” 

 

And if you are wondering what it is like to transition from different cars, Jourdan drive a R5 Fiesta before the DS3 R5.

“The Fiesta is a little easier to drive on gravel but this car is more powerful. It is a little more difficult but we are driving the Citroen so there is no choice.”

Which must give you an indication of the challenge he faces rallying this weekend on the Monte.

It was heartbreak for Jourdan Serderidis. He ran a strong rally but one mistake over a jump with 500m left on the final stage put him out. He was able to make the flying finish but never made the stop point. So after completing every competitive kilometre, he was not classified as a finisher in 2014. // Photo: Sam Tickell www.racerviews.com //

 

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By Sam Tickell, January 2017

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