Inessa Tushkanova hopes to have a new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X in time for round three of the FIA European Rally Championship, the Circuit of Ireland Rally (2-4 April).
Co-driven by Dimitry Chumak, the Russia-based glamour model survived a dramatic Rally Liepāja to record a strong scoring-points finish in both the ERC Ladies’ Trophy and ERC2 category in her Evo IX.
“I am working on my visa for Ireland and hope to be there,” said Tushkanova. “We get a new Evo X for that event, but I haven’t seen the new car yet as I’ve been so busy and also caught a cold in Liepāja, which has taken some time to recover from.”
After two ERC rounds Tushkanova is tied for the ERC Ladies’ Trophy lead with Czech driver Martina Danhelová.
FIA European Junior Rally Championship driver Chris Ingram swapped his 2015 Peugeot UK-supported 208 R2 for another iconic rally car that first won the WRC title 30 years ago.
The talented 20-year old was overjoyed to have the chance to drive a Group B Peugeot 205 T16 – which he did with great style on the Live Rally Stage at Race Retro, an international historic motor show held at Stoneleigh Park in the UK.
“It was awesome to drive the Peugeot 205 T16 – and incredible to think that the car was built ten years before I was even born! Ari Vatanen wished me luck before my first run, which was a really special moment. The car was quite easy to drive. There was no power steering, but there was plenty of power. The stage was quite twisty – I’d have loved to have opened the 205 T16 up and experienced what it’s like to drive it at full speed. Of course the Peugeot 205 T16 is very different to my 208 R2, and I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to compare the two. Now I’d like to see what Peugeot’s modern-day T16 is like – the Peugeot 208 T16!”
Photo courtesy of Racingist
Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke kindly took time out of his busy schedule to attend the Circuit of Ireland Rally launch – round three of the FIA European Rally Championship (2-4 April).
The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team driver from Dungannon is a great fan of the famous event.
“The Circuit of Ireland is a fantastic rally on some of the best Tarmac roads in the world,” said Meeke. “It’s great that it is now part of the ERC, and I may be biased, but I would dearly love to see it included in the WRC as I believe it could easily carry itself.”
Meeke (left) is pictured here with ERC title challenger Craig Breen (right) and Circuit of Ireland rally director Bobby Willis (centre).