Antoine Massé will fly the French flag in front of his home fans at the TitansRX season opener in Essay. Last season, the 28-year-old crowned himself French Rallycross Supercar Champion for the first time and now makes his debut on European level in the brand-new TitansRX Series. “I am super-excited to be part of TitansRX. Rallycross is what I love doing and following my success in the French Championship, this is the next step to take. It’s particularly cool to make my debut in front of my home fans, of course,” Massé said to the delight of TitansRX CEO Max J. Pucher.
The Frenchman started his motorsport career in the national Rallycross Championship in 2008. He finished on P4 overall in the Logan Rallycross Cup before switching to Rally and the Suzuki Swift Cup the same year. Massé later entered the Citroen Racing Junior Trophy, where he took three wins to come runner-up, before moving to the Opel Adam Cup (P5 in 2014). At the beginning of 2018, he decided to give Rallycross another try, piloting the same Peugeot 208 that had helped Sebastien Loeb win his first World RX event. With five wins in the last six races, Massé was able to intercept favourite Guerlain Chicherit for the French Supercar title.
Grosset-Janin subbing for Sarrazin
Another Frenchman will participate in the opening round: Jérôme Grosset-Janin will replace compatriot Stephane Sarrazin, who has unexpected time conflicts. “Although it’s unfortunate that Steph had to pull out last minute, we are very happy to have found such a valuable substitute so quickly in Jerome,” Pucher was relieved.
“I am very happy that the opportunity opened up to take part in the first race of TitansRX Europe 2019 at Essay. This is a fantastic chance for any driver to compete on such a high level of world class drivers. I can’t wait to see how far TitansRX will take us,” Grosset-Janin said.
Grosset-Janin began his career in ice racing in 2003 and competed highly successfully in the renowned Andros Trophy. Aged 22, he then switched to rallying and finished third in the 2006 French Asphalt Rally Championship, becoming the youngest driver to win a rally. From 2009 onwards, it was back to rallycross for Grosset-Janin, who crowned himself national champion in 2013. The title win earned him several starts in the World Rallycross Championship the next season, and after coming second overall in the European Rallycross Supercar Series twice, he received a fulltime drive with GC Kompetition Renault in the worlds for 2018. He took his first podium on top level in Sweden that season.
“We are so glad have two French top drivers with Antoine Massé and Jerome Grosset-Janine in the field. In general, we at TitansRX Europe are all thrilled to bring the future of Rallycross Supercars to the first iconic Rallycross track of the series, Essay-Ducs. Twelve racing superstars and Rallycross greats will battle it out with identical PanteraRX6 cars that are as fast as FIA Supercars. An updated regulation and points system which promote more action on the track should provide best in Rallycross competition”, Pucher added.
The inaugural TitansRX season will start in Essay, France, on June 29/30.