Monday, 29 June 2015

The Rallye Femminile Perla di Sanremo

Three-time winner, Paola della Chiesa

The Perla di Sanremo Rallye ran between 1952 and 1956. Recently, it was recognised as part of the history of the Rallye Sanremo, and its five editions were included in the yearly event numbering.

The Rallye was one of a number of events for female drivers that existed in Italy in the 1950s. Women-only hillclimbs and circuit races were a feature of Italian motorsport of the time, and attracted some talented drivers in genuine racing cars.

The first Rallye, in 1952, was around 500km long, and consisted of regularity trials, and two speed tests, held at the Ospedaletti circuit and the Poggio dei Fiori. Starting points included Milan, Padua, Monte Carlo, Turin and Lyon. The 1953 Rallye is described by some sources as being a reliability trial only, but this was an exception. Later events had high-speed tests at Monza, and the Colle-San Bartolomeo hillclimb. The distances covered gradually increased over the years, up to 1000km by the end, run over three days, rather than two.
Numbers of crews varied, but 22 was the largest entry.

The Rallye was cancelled after the closure of the Ospedaletti track, and a change in the rules about motorsport on public roads.

Contessa Paola della Chiesa was the star of the Perla di Sanremo, winning three times. She was also successful in other women’s events, and took part in mixed competition too. The young Luisa Rezzonico managed one win. Ada Pace was another well-known driver who took part at least once, in an Alfa Romeo.

Like all rallies of the time, the Perla di Sanremo had its share of tragedy; Giuliana Pini and her navigator, Margherita Pantaguzzi, were killed in an accident during a road section of the 1954 Rallye.

1952 Paola della Chiesa (Lancia Aurelia GT)
1953 Luisa Rezzonico (Lancia Aurelia)
1954 Paola della Chiesa (Alfa Romeo 1900)
1955 Paola della Chiesa (Lancia Aurelia B2)
1956 Goffreda Cambieri (Isetta)

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Friday, 26 June 2015

Ianina Zanazzi

Ianina in 2003

Ianina Zanazzi is an Argentine driver who has raced single-seaters in Europe and South America. In the early 2000s, she was recognised as a promising young driver, and occasionally tipped as the next woman in Formula One.

Compared to some, she got her start in motorsport quite late, at fourteen. She competed in karts for a year, then made her senior debut in 1997, in the all-female Formula Hyundai Femenina touring car series, which she combined with her school studies. She was not overly keen on the all-woman set-up, criticising the driving of some of her rivals, and moved on after one season.

In 1998, she moved into single-seater racing in Argentina. She ran in Formula Renault in Argentina, as well as some Formula Honda races. In June, she became the first woman to win a Formula Renault race in Argentina, at Rio Cuarto. As she did not complete the season, she was only 29th in the championship, but her skill was now being noted.

She contested Formula Super Renault in 1999, and won the National class outright.

Having worked her way up the Argentine junior formulae, she graduated to SudAm Formula 3 in 2000, in the Light class. She was competitive straight away, scoring two class wins and ten podiums from 18 races. Her final position was second in the Light class. This was in spite of some off-track trouble, when her team-mate was accused of sabotaging her car. Ianina crashed during a testing session, skidding on a patch of oil that had not been there on her previous lap. She was running late at the track, having had problems earlier in the day, and was the only driver there. A hole in the trackside fence nearby was found, and foul play was suspected. Nothing was ever proved.

Despite the negative media attention, a test in Toyota Atlantics for the Hylton team followed, with a view to progressing towards CART, but this did not lead to a competition drive.
In 2001, she tried to put this disappointment behind her, and concentrate on her on-track successes. She took another step up, into the top-level SudAm F3 championship. Driving for two different teams, she had a best finish of fifth, and was thirteenth overall, after seven races. Early in the season, she made her first forays into European motorsport, making a guest appearance in the Italian Formula Renault championship. She was fifteenth at Estoril, driving for the BVM Minardi Junior team.

She moved to Spain for Spanish Formula 3 in 2002, but only completed half of the season, driving for GTA Motor Competition. She was 21st in the championship, with a best finish of tenth, at Estoril. One of her rivals was Maria de Villota.  

At home, she made a couple of guest appearances in TC Pista Argentina, a touring car series. She raced a Ford Falcon.

It was back home to Argentina in 2003, for the Formula Renault championship. She was driving for the Crespi team, and was not among the front-runners. She did not complete the season, and was 21st overall. She also repeated her 2002 TC Pista guest spots, in the same car.

Briefly, she reappeared in 2004, contesting Class Two of Argentine Touring Cars in a VW Golf. She completed seven races and scored nine points. After that, she disappeared from the competition scene.

After that, she worked as a performance driving instructor. In 2009, her profile was raised again by her support of the young Argentine driver, Violeta Pernice, in the Top Race Junior series.

By 2012, she was described as a “former racing driver” in interviews. However, she returned to the circuits in 2018, winning the Argentine Porsche GT3 Cup Trophy. She won one race at Buenos Aires and had another five podiums. 

The following year, she did a part-season in the TC Pista Mouras series, driving a Chevrolet. Her best finishes were two eighth places at Buenos Aires and La Plata and she was 15th overall. She also made a guest appearance in a Ford in Top Race, finishing 16th at Parana. 

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Joanna Clarke

Joanna in the Clio

Joanna Clarke is one of a select group of female racers who have competed in the modern British Touring Car Championship.

Her first senior races were in 1998, at the wheel of a Peugeot 306, in a club meet at Silverstone. This followed several years of karting, with multiple race wins, partly achieved through a school team.

Early in her career, she w as a promising single-seater driver. During her first season, she tried her hand at Formula Ford and Formula Vauxhall Junior, coming third in a Vauxhall series. She won her class in a British Formula Ford race at Donington in 1999. This, and some other strong finishes, gave her third place overall in the First Division class. At the end of the year, she was awarded the BWRDC’s Monoposto Award, for the most successful single-seater driver.

She later ran well in the 2000 Ford Fiesta Zetec championship, with a best finish of fourth. She was racing against her fellow future BTCC drivers, Gordon Shedden and Gareth Howell. As she had been awarded a Ladies’ Cup, she received a prize drive consisting of a test in a Ford Mondeo.

The Ford test did not lead to a BTCC drive, but part-way through the season, she was signed up by eccentric millionaire, John B&Q’s team. She was deputising for John B&Q (John Batchelor) himself, driving a Honda Integra Type-R in the Production class. Her first races, at Knockhill, gave her a fourteenth and sixteenth place, from the back of the grid, and one tenth place in class. She was 18th at Snetterton, but did not finish the second race, and her final meeting, Croft, was a bit of a disaster, with a blown engine on lap one of the first race, which meant she was unable to start the next second. Her team-mate, Mark Beaumont, suffered the same fate. She was 25th in the Production drivers’ championship.

In September, Joanna also drove in the Renault Clio Cup for the Mardi Gras team, as one of their usual drivers, Duncan Vercoe, was unavailable. She was 16th in one race, at Silverstone, from 23rd on the grid.

A lack of finances kept Joanna away from motorsport for quite a long time. In 2004, she did some Legends racing, but was not really competitive.

She has not been active in motorsport since then.

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Monday, 15 June 2015

Marta Candian

A Hawk Racing Club Renault Clio. This is not Marta Candian driving!

Marta Candian was an Italian driver who competed in WRC rallies between 1999 and 2001.

She is a very enigmatic figure; I have been unable to find any pictures of her. A Rallysprint magazine cover from 2000 shows that she had some media profile at the time. She was part of an article on female drivers, including Lara Battistolli, Mascha Mularo and Enrica Munaretto. Despite this attention, biographical details about Marta are extremely hard to come by.

She deserves to have a full Speedqueens profile due to her World Championship participation. If a European Ladies’ Championship were being awarded in 2000, she would probably have won it.

The earliest record of Marta as a competitor appears in 1995, when she co-drove for Emanuele Zecchin. They did the Piancavallo Rally together twice, in 1995 and 1996, finishing once.

In 1998, she starts to appear in major rallies as a driver. She was associated with the Hawk Racing Club team, and she drove both a Ford Escort RS Cosworth and a Renault Clio Williams for them that year. She was 49th in the Isola d’Elba Rally in the Clio, but did not finish the Rallye d’Antibes in the Escort.

In 1999 she used a Renault Clio Williams on the Portugal, Catalunya and Corsica rounds of the World Rally Championship. She finished the Tour de Corse in 48th place, her first WRC finish. As well as her southern European WRC rallies, she did some ERC events in the Clio and a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 5. Her best result was tenth on the Rally d’Antibes, in the Mitsubishi, and she was third in Group N. The Lancer was run by the Hawk Racing Club team again.

She drove the Lancer in the Monte Carlo, Portugal and Catalunya rallies in 2000, and managed to finish the Catalunya Rally in 32nd. She was 47th on the Monte, but the engine on the Lancer failed in Portugal.

In 2001 she tackled Corsica and Catalunya, and was seventh in Group N in Corsica, fifth in N4 and 33rd overall. As ever, her navigator was Mara Biotti, who sat beside her in all of her major rally outings.

After 2001, Marta disappears from the scene completely. She seems to have been linked to a drive in Rally Argentina, but this never occurred.

Any further information about Marta and Mara, or any pictures, would be most welcome.

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Saturday, 13 June 2015

Speedqueens FAQ

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I've actually lost count. It's over a thousand now.

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Yes. The blog is open to all female drivers who have competed at a reasonably high level of motorsport - enough to receive media coverage. Drivers from all wheel-to-wheel racing disciplines and stage rallying are eligible. Due to space constraints, I don't write about rally co-drivers, kartists, drag racers or sprint/hillclimb drivers at the moment. Generally, a driver should have competed in more than one race to be featured, although there are some exceptions to this rule (pre-1910 drivers, for example).

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Speedqueens sends its condolences to the family and friends of Smokey Drolet

Smokey Drolet (in car) with Donna Mae Mims


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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Female Rally Drivers After 1950: Italy in the 21st Century

Federica Lio

This post discusses the large number of Italian rally drivers who have begun their careers since 2000. For earlier Italian rally drivers, look here. Tamara Molinaro has her own post.

Sara Baldacci - started her career as a co-driver in 2004, and still navigates as well as driving herself. Her first rally as a driver was the Rallysprint Monteregio in 2006. driving a Peugeot 106. She returned to Monteregio in an MG ZR in 2011, to take part in the Ronde del Monteregio, and was 61st. In 2013, she had a bigger programme of events as a driver. One highlight was a class win on the Rally del Friuli Venezia Giulia. She was 42nd overall. That year, she used both a Citroen C2 and a Citroen Saxo, both running in class A6. In 2014, she spent most of the year in the co-driver's seat, but made at least two starts in Italian rallies. She came 49th in the Rally del Ciocchetto and the Rally Alta Val di Cecina, using a Clio and a Saxo respectively. In 2015, she rallied a Peugeot 208, and had a best finish of 35th in the Alta Val di Cecina. For 2016, she returned to the co-driver's seat. 

Luciana Bandini – active in Italian rallies since at least 2001. Her first car was a Peugeot 205, but for most of her career, she has driven a Renault Clio. Her career best finish is 21st, in the 2015 Coppa Città di Lucca. That season, she went back to rallying a 205. In the same car, she achieved a class win in the Reggello e Valdarno Fiorentino Rally, and was 24th overall.  Among the co-drivers she worked with in 2015 was fellow driver, Susanna Mazzetti.  She was competing against Barbara Lencioni for the Italian women’s title. In 2016, she rallied a Renault Clio Williams, and scored three top-twenty finishes. The best of these was a seventeenth place in the Rally Alta Val di Cecina. She continued to be competitive in 2017 in the Clio, and was 16th in the Rally di Reggello. 2018 started badly with a run of DNFs but she improved later on, picking up a best finish of 17th in the Rally di Casciana Terme. Casciana Terme was her best event in 2019 also: she was 24th. She later won her class in the Rally Il Ciocco e Valle del Serchio.

Monica Burigo - Italian Ladies’ rally champion in 2007, and winner of ladies’ prizes in Italian rallying since 1995. She has been involved in the major national scene since 2000, when she drove a Renault Clio in the Italian championship. After that, she switched to a Fiat Seicento, followed by another Clio, an Astra, a Subaru Impreza, a Saxo and another Clio. Her best result, 16th, came on the Rally Apennino Ligure in 2000. In 2008, she drove a Clio in European events, including the Mille Miglia rally, as well as doing some circuit racing in a BMW 1-series in Italy. In 2009, she moved away from stage rallying to compete in drifting in Japan, and in 2010, she combined drifting, appearances at car shows and a few rallies, some in a camera car. Since then, she seems to have concentrated on drifting, snow racing and record-breaking. 

Monica Caramellino - active in Italian national rallies since at least 2014. Her car since 2016 was a Peugeot 208. Her best result in this car has been a 15th place in the 2017 Il Grappolo Rally Day. She continued to rally this car in 2018 but was not as successful. She fared bettwe in 2019 and had a best finish of 26th in the Rally Team 971 event. In 2014 and 2015, she rallied a BMW Mini Cooper, initially for the GO FAST Rally Team. She was less successful in this car, although she did many rallies in it. She favours sealed-surface events.

Anna Dusi – co-driver and driver active since 2001. As a driver, she has mainly competed in historic rallies in Italy. In 2014, she rallied a Fiat Ritmo and won her class twice, including a ninth place overall in the Rally Città di Modena Storico. In 2015, she tried out some more modern machinery, and was 26th in the Rally Bianco-Azzurro in San Marino. The car was a Renault Clio. She tried out more small cars in 2016, a Peugeot 106 and a Citroen Saxo. Her best finish was a 38th place in the Rallye Due Valli, driving the Peugeot. In 2017, she only did one major event, the Rally della Romagna. She was 39th overall in the 106. As a co-driver, she has been part of a rally-winning team with Stefano Ciresola, in both historic and modern rallies.

Corinne Federighi – young driver who rallies small cars in Italy. Her career began in 2014, in a Fiat 600, which was exchanged part-way through the year for a Renault Twingo, which she continues to use. That year, she concentrated on tarmac events. In 2015, she entered the Twingo R2 Trophy, and registered for the Italian ladies’ championship. After winning four Coupes des Dames, she was awarded the Italian Ladies' championship. The Targa Florio was one of the best rallies of her year, with fourth in the Junior class for drivers under 25, and 24th overall, but she did even better in the Roma Capitale Rally, finishing fourteenth, and winning the Ladies' and Junior awards. She was third in both the Junior and Twingo championships. In 2016, she won the Coppa ACI Ladies' championship, driving a Renault Clio. Her best overall result was 22nd, in the Rally del Friuli Venezia Giulia. She was second in class. In 2017, she won the women's class of the Italian International Rally Cup. She earned one top-twenty overall finish, a 16th place in the Il Ciochetto Rally. In 2018, she was ladies' champion in the Coppa ACI rally series and also won the R3 class in the Clio. Her best finish was 23rd in the Due Valli event. She only did a couple of rallies in 2019 and unfortunately had to retire from both.

Paola Fedi - a regular in Italian rallies between 2001 and 2004, and 2009 to the present day. She did not start rallying seriously until she was 30. Her car is always a Renault Clio of some description. At first, she used a Clio Williams, and was fourteenth in the 2001 Rally Salento. Later, her seasons were affected by various problems, and she did not often finish. In 2012, she drove two different Clios, a S1600 model and an R3, and had a good season, with one 17th-place finish in the Rally degli Abeti e Dell’Abetone, and two just outside the top 20, in the Monteregio and Maremma events. In 2014, in a S1600 Clio, she scored her first top ten: ninth in the Rally Elba Nazionale, with a class win. She came close again on the Rally del Casentino, in which she was twelfth. That year, she also drove a Renault Twingo in some rallies. In 2015, she was less active, driving the Clio in two Italian national events. 

Christine Giampaoli - Italian driver, despite being born in India and mainly competing in the Canary Islands. She rallies for her own team, Gazoline Motorsports, which also seems to prepare cars for others. Her first rally appears to have been the Corralejo-Majanicho Rallysprint in 2013, although she did not even get to the start in her VW Golf, as the rally was cancelled. She returned in 2014, and her first event was the San Bartolomé slalom. Christine, the only non-Spanish entrant, was 25th overall, driving a Toyota Corolla. The Toyota remained her favoured car in 2014, and her first stage rally, the Tierra Isla Verde Rally, gave her a fourteenth place, with a class win. She achieved two more top-twenty finishes in the Canary Islands, and was 18th in the islands’ gravel championship, with a class win. In slaloms, she did even better, with a best finish of fourth in the Isla de Lanzarote-Tinjo event. She was 16th overall in the Canary Islands Gravel championship. In 2015, she combined slaloms and stage rallies again, and achieved her first top ten on the stages, a ninth place in the Isla de los Volcanes Rally. Her car was the Corolla. She entered five rallies that year, but was plagued by car trouble, and only finished two of them. In 2016, she started the year with slaloms, in a Subaru Impreza, then moved on to the Spanish gravel rally championship, in a Peugeot 208. Her best finish was sixteenth, in the Rally Ciutat de Valls in Catalunya, which was actually a tarmac rally. She also entered the WRC RAlly Catalunya, and was 49th. She was the top female driver in the Spanish gravel champion and third in the Junior class, as well as third in the overall Spanish women's championship. In 2017, she rallied four different cars, including the Impreza, a Fiesta R2 and two different Peugeots. She entered the Rally of Catalunya in a Peugeot 208, but did not finish. As well as stage rallies, she was very active in off-roading. This became her focus in 2018, although she did enter a Can-Am Maverick buggy into some Spanish gravel rallies too.

Barbara Lencioni - has been rallying in Italy since 2007, always driving a Renault Clio. In 2009, she put herself on the map and won the National and International Ladies’ cups for Italy. In 2010, she did not do as well, and was plagued by retirements, and she missed most of 2011, due to pregnancy. However, she came back in 2012. In 2013, she was more competitive in the overall standings, achieving a top-twenty position (19th) in the Rally di Valdinievole. She was second in the S1600 class, and finished quite strongly in class on other rallies that year. In 2014, she rallied a Jolly Racing Team Clio, in the S1600 class. Her best finish was 27th , in the Rally Casciana Terme. She made a small comeback in 2018 in the Coppa Citta di Lucca Rally, but did not finish. As ever, she was co-driven by Alessandra Benedetti. 

Federica Lio - erstwhile co-driver who has switched to the driving seat full-time. She drove a Fiat 600 Abarth in Italian and European rallies in 2010, including the IRC-counting Rallye Sanremo, in which she was 37th. She also competed in the car in 2009, and was 60th in the Sanremo rally. Previously, she only drove occasionally, and navigated for a series of drivers in both historic and modern machinery. Her normal co-driver is Serena Giuliano. They were 44th overall in the 2011 Rallye Sanremo, in the Fiat. In 2012, they competed in the Fiat Sei 100 Cup, rallying mainly in Italy. She was second in the championship. She continued rallying the 600 in Italy in 2013. Her best finish was 33rd, in the Rallye Sanremo. In 2014, she achieved her first top-ten finish, a fifth place in the National section of the Sanremo Rally. Her other results were solid, but less spectacular. In 2015, she was third in the Italian womens' championship, winning the Coupe des Dames in Sanremo. She was 36th overall, and also won her class. Her best result was 29th, in the Valli del Giarolo Rally. Her car was again a Fiat Seicento. In 2016, she did some rallies in France, in a Fiat Seicento. Her best finish was 33rd, in the Jean Behra National Rally, and she also won her class in the Escarene National Rally. Her programme was the same in 2017, although it was the Jean Behra event in which she won her class this time. She did one event in 2019 in the Seicento, the Ronde della Val Merula, finishing 76th.

Michela Lorigiola - started rallying in 2019, usually driving for the Hawk Racing Club team. She normally competes in the Raceday Ronde Terra series and her first rally was the Rally delle Marche in November 2019, driving a Ford Fiesta R2. At the start of 2020, she continued with the Fiesta, but when rallying recommenced after the coronavirus outbreak, she had upgraded it to a Skoda Fabia R5. This gave her a first top ten, eighth place in the After Corona Rally Party in Croatia. Her co-driver is Carlo Covi, who sometimes drives the car while Michela navigates.

(Maria) Gabriella Mainiero - Italian driver who appears to have begun her career in the navigator’s seat, in 1998. More recently, she has driven Mitsubishi Lancers and a Renault Clio in the Italian championship. In 2005, she had a best result of 30th in the Rally Internationale Oltrepo, and that year, she was frequently in the top five of her class. In 2007, she took part in the Italian rounds of the IRC, with a best finish of 40th in Sanremo,driving a Lancer Evo 9. In 2008 and 2009, she repeated this programme, taking in the revived Targa Florio, Mille Miglia and Costa Smeralda rallies. She was the Italian Ladies’ champion in 2005, 2008 and 2009. Using a Lancer Evo IX, she drove in major rallies in 2011, including the Mile Miglia and Rally del Friuli de delle Alpe Orientali. 

Susanna Mazzetti - regular navigator to Alessio Santini since 2010, who now competes as a driver in her own right. She began in 2013, driving a Renault Clio S1600. Her best result was 29th, in the Rally degli Abeti d Dell’Abetone, and she also won the S1600 class. That year, she was also her local ladies’ champion. In 2014, she continued in the same car, driving mostly in Italy Rallyday events, with Rita Ferrari as co-driver. She had one finish, a 50th place in the Rally del Carnevale. This is in addition to her navigation duties, which included a win with Alessio Santini. She continued to rally the Clio in 2016, and earned a second in class in the Rally Terra Sarda, finishing 28th overall. In the same car, she earned her first top-twenty finish in 2017, coming 18th in the Rally Alta Val di Cecina. She was 24th in this event in 2018. In 2019, she was twelfth in the same rally in the Clio, one of two top-20 finishes that year. The other was a 17th place in the Abeti e dell'Abetone event.

Rebecca Mei - driver and co-driver active since 2013. For her first season, she used a Fiat 600 Sporting in some Italian rallies, co-driven by Giulia Antongiovanni. Her best finish was 33rd, in the Rally Ronde dei Colli Luni. In 2014, she initially continued with the Fiat and scored her first top-twenty finish - 17th in the Rally il Ciocco e Valle del Serchio. She then started rallying a Renault Clio Williams, and was fourteenth, second in class, in the National Elba Rally. This was her best result of the year. She also drove a Citroen Saxo in 2014, but it was not as successful. As a navigator, she usually sits alongside either Simone Mei, her father, or Lorenzo Bonuccelli, in a variety of smaller cars.

Silvia Micheletti – mainly a co-driver, active since 2001, although she has driven some rallies of her own, between 2003 and 2008. One of her first rally cars was a Lancia Delta HF Integrale, but she has had better results in more modern machinery. In 2004, she did a full season of rallying in Italy, in a Peugeot 206. Her best finish was 29th, in the Rally Tutta Terra Toscana. After that, she competed only sporadically, although she continued to navigate for different drivers. Her last rally as a driver was the 2008 Mille Miglia, in a Fiat Punto. She did not finish.

Vanessa Polonia – began rallying at the age of 18, and having done a few rallies in a Peugeot 106, jumped straight into the Monte Carlo Rally, a few months later, in 2009. She was 29th, third in class, in a Suzuki Swift. After that, she returned to Italian rallies, and the Peugeot 106, a car she still used in 2015. For several seasons, she rallied around Italy, often in the Alpe Adria Rally Cup. In 2014, she had a best result of 30th overall, in the Rally di Majano, second in class. In 2015, she was one of the leading drivers in the Italian women’s championship, after a Coupe des Dames in the Rally Il Ciocco e Valli del Serchio. Her best overall finish was 23rd, in the Rally Day Cittá di Maniago. She was fifth in the womens' championship. 

Lorella Rinna - active in Italian rallies since at least 2015. Her normal car is a Renault Clio and she has used several different versions of this vehicle since 2015. Her best season in it was 2017, when she had a best result of 20th in the Rallye di Roma Capitale. She also won her class in the Rally Due Valli. In 2018, she rallied a Mini Cooper, finishing fourth in the Italian R1 Cup with class wins in the Sperlonga and Palladio events. She returned to rallying a Clio in 2020.

Silvia Rocchi - driver and co-driver active since 2010. She has sat beside a number of Italian and Swiss drivers, and earned top-ten finishes. As a driver, she has mostly used a Renault Clio, sticking to asphalt rallies in the Lombardy region, which stretches into Switzerland. 2016 was her best year, and she was partnered by the experienced Swiss navigator, Tania Canton. Her best result was a 40th place in the Ronde Gomitolo di Lana, and she was third in class. She won that year’s Lombardy Ronde Women’s Cup. In 2017, she only did one major event, in the Clio. She and Tania retired from the Coppa Valtellina.

Giovanna (Jenny) Rubini – has rallied on and off, in and around Italy, since 2000. Her first car seems to have been a Renault Clio. Since her first major rallies in 2000, she has driven a Subaru Impreza, Autobianchi A112 Abarth, Ford Fiesta and SEAT Ibiza, among others. The SEAT is her most recent car. In 2014 and 2015, she has rallied it in San Marino, and she was 27th in the 2015 Rally Bianco-Azzurro. Her best overall results have been two 21st places, achieved in 2014. One was in the Impreza, at an Imola rally event, and the other was in the San Marino Rallylegend event, in a VW Golf. As well as driving, she has also done some navigating in modern and historic rallies.

Silvia Spinetta - driver and co-driver, active since at least 2011. As a driver, her usual car is a Peugeot 106, and since 2015, this has often been run by the Scuderia Monferrato. Silvia’s best events are the shorter rallies, and her best overall result was a 42nd place in the 2015 Rally del Colli del Luni. As a navigator, she has helped Simone Miele to at least two wins, as well as sitting alongside Elisa Spinetta, presumably her sister, who has also co-driven for her on occasion.

Giulia de Toni – winner of the Italy Rally Talent contest in 2014, despite having never done any rallying before. That year, she participated in four rallies in Italy, using a Peugeot 106, a Renault Clio and a Peugeot 208. She was third in the Rally Talent section of the Bologna Motor Show. Her prize in 2015 was a supported drive in a Peugeot 208. Her best finish has been 37th, in the Rally Il Ciocco e Valli del Serchio, and she was also 40th in the Rallye Sanremo. She was second in the Italian womens' championship. Her usual co-driver is Sofia Peruzzi.

Sabrina Tumolo - active in Italy since at least 2002, when she drove a Renault Clio Williams in events including the Rally Cittá de Schio. She continued with this car in 2003. In 2010, she was still using this car in Italian national rallies, as well as a Peugeot 205, although it is not clear whether she has competed continuously. In 2007, she is also recorded as rallying a Citroen C2. In 2011, she was very active in the Italian championship again, and was named Italy’s top female driver. She remained active between 2013 and 2015, driving the Clio still. Her best finish was 23rd, in the Rally Cittá di Modena. In 2016, she rallied three different cars: a Mini Cooper, a Clio and a Peugeot 106. She was ninth in the Rally Day della Romagna in the Clio. 2017 was quite similar for her; she drove both cars again, and was most successful in the Clio. She won her class in the Rally della Romagna and Rally Ronde Colli del Monferrato e del Moscato. For 2018, she stuck with the Clio. She won her class on the Benacus Rally and was 16th overall. She continued with the same car in 2019 and won the Ladies' award on the Citta di Modena Rally. Away from rallying, she is also involved in the business side of motorsport. 

Lucia Zambiasi – active as a driver in Italian rallying, between 2000 and 2006. She switched between three cars: a SEAT Ibiza for the 2001 season, Opel Astras, and a Renault Clio Williams. She was probably most successful in the Astra, which she used at the beginning and the end of her career. Her best overall result was 26th, in the Rally di Cagliari in 2000. She was driving the Astra, and was fourth in class N3. During her career, she also scored top thirty finishes in the Piancavallo and Targa Florio rallies, among others. After retiring from the driving seat in 2001, she stayed involved in rallying as a navigator. This was something she had always done on and off, but she now competes almost full-time in the Italian historic championship.

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