Pierre Campana has taken time to reflect on his incredible success at the recent IRC Monte Carlo Rally, in which he triumphed in the 2WD Class just one year after his debut in the prestigious event. Campana looks back at the highs and lows of this year’s Monte Carlo Rally and what this result means for the rest of his 2011 season.
Q: Pierre, a tremendous achievement in Monte-Carlo – how special is it to be part of it?
PC: “It is an amazing feeling to be part of such a renowned event like the Rallye Monte-Carlo and after coming runner-up in 2WD in last year’s event, which was my first time competing, I was definitely hoping to win the class this year. It is a demanding event and requires a special focus but it is the type of event that I relish. We worked hard over the week and achieved our objective of a class win, so it was fantastic and a great career achievement for me personally.” Continue reading Pierre Campana answers our questions!→
Ford’s all-new Fiesta RS World Rally Car is set to receive final clearance for its FIA World Rally Championship debut this week when motorsport’s governing body gives it the seal of approval to compete in Rally Sweden next month.
It has been long rumoured that the wild yet fast Russian rally driver Evgeny Novikov will make a return to the World Rally Championship in 2011, and this rumour has been confirmed with the 20-year-old announcing he will once again take up the challenge of the World Rally Championship.
Behind the scenes and out of the spotlight of the global rally audience, Novikov has been honing his rally skills on a number of Russian and select European, Asian and Scandinavian events in Subaru Impreza WRX STi Group N. Michael Lepiekov, the man responsible for the success of Novikov and enabling him to reach the WRC in 2008 and 2009, has been feverishly working on the deals that will see him most likely pilot a Ford Fiesta RS WRC in 2011 under the Novikov MS banner.
Evgeny Novikov recently ended his riding career. The twenty-year old Russian is all etched into my memory fierce driving style and in 2009 its extreme jump at Rally Finland. Now it seems that the young Russian will return to the rally. Michael Lepiekov behind the success Novikov, and put all their efforts to return and Yevgeny now it looks like I’ll Novikov MS Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) returns to the 2011 Rally America National Championship at the season opener Sno*Drift Rally in northern Michigan. The team conducted a successful pre-event test earlier in Michigan ahead of the event with team drivers David Higgins and Dave Mirra. Higgins and Mirra each pilot the team’s 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally cars prepared by Vermont SportsCar.
The Sno*Drift Rally features nearly 130 miles of snow and ice-covered roads in northern Michigan with nearly one third of the miles run at night. Constantly changing weather and road conditions historically make this rally extremely challenging made even more treacherous as Rally America rules prohibit the use of spiked or studded ice tires here placing a premium on road traction.
Travis and Terry Hanson win the Sno*Drift Rally in Atlanta, Michigan, the opening round of the 2011 Rally America Championship. The Hansons piloted their 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi to victory with a huge lead of 3 minutes and 53.1 seconds over Subaru factory driver Dave Mirra, who took 2nd overall in a 2011 Impreza WRX STi with a total time of 2 hours 31 minutes and 13.6 seconds. Rounding out the overall podium was Joseph Burke, who finished only 5.2 seconds behind Mirra in a 2006 Mitsubishi Evo 9.
With a new season looming the Absa Off Road Championship is looking for further stability and growth in 2011.
The season opens with the Adenco 400 in Darling, in the Western Cape, on March 11 and 12 and the championship will again comprise eight events throughout South Africa and Botswana. The Absa series is a jewel in the Motorsport South Africa crown and the South African National Off Road Car Racing Association (SANORCRA) will again take a proactive stance in administering the championship.
“Last year was a difficult one with the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament interrupting the calendar in mid year,” said SANORCRA chairman Richard Schilling. “Despite the disruption the championship went through a highly successful phase with the sport showing encouraging growth at regional and national level. Continue reading ABSA Off Road Championship gears up for more growth in 2011→