Albert von Thurn und Taxis
Date of birth : 24/06/1983
Who is he? Previously a competitor in the FIA GT1 World Championship, the Bavarian is the 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis, the family credited with the invention of the postal system in Europe.
Not that you would know: Von Thurn und Taxis is a master of disguise when it comes to his family heritage, never one to flaunt his celebrity, his humble and unassuming nature means he’s quick to blend into the crowd.
Full marks: A self-confessed rallying fan, the hugely likeable Rome resident embarked on a full ERC campaign in 2017 and learned plenty along the way.
Operation progress: After driving a ŠKODA Fabia R5 for Wevers Sport in 2017, von Thurn und Taxis has switched to Baumschlager Rallye & Racing for 2018 when more progress is the target. “There has to be improvements absolutely,” he says. “Not necessarily in terms of position, not necessarily in terms of classification but in terms of seconds per stage kilometre we are really looking at comparing and we need to see improvements. So far, thank God that is the case. But there are so many things that need to be improved, that is the incredible thing. We still have a lot to improve in the notes and in driving, and in understanding set-up data. There is a lot of homework.”
Azores Airlines Rallye: DNF (accident)
Rally Islas Canarias: 13
EKO Acropolis Rally: 14
Cyprus Rally: 8
Rally di Roma Capitale: 11
Barum Czech Rally Zlín: DNF (broken wheel)
Rally Poland: DNE
Rally Liepāja: DNE