The Proton R3 Rally Team will include one of the most successful drivers in the history of the Sanremo Rally when it starts the legendary Italian asphalt event next week. Three-time Sanremo winner Gilles Panizzi, who shares this distinction with Miki Biasion and Didier Auriol, will form part of a two-car line-up with Niall McShea on the 10th round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.Read the full news from Bernama below.
PROTON SIGNS PANIZZI FOR SANREMO RALLY
KUALA LUMPUR: The narrow mountains of San Remo in Italy will be the stage for the Proton Satria Neo S2000 when the 10th round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) moves to one of the most historical and famous international rallies this weekend.
Tarmac rally specialist Gilles Panizzi will take over the reigns of the Satria Neo S2000 to spearhead the Proton R3 Malaysia Rally Team’s star-studded two-car challenge at the 52nd San Remo Rally.
The three-time San Remo winner (2000, 2001 and 2002) and runner-up in 1999 and 2003 is also one of the most celebrated drivers on asphalt, winning seven World Rally Championship (WRC) rounds for Peugeot between 1999 and 2003 – all on tarmac.
Co-driven by Freddy Delorme, the Frenchman will be joined by former Production Car World Rally champion Northern Irishman Niall McShea, said team manager Datuk Abdul Razak Dawood in a statement here Monday.
A former WRC contender and resident asphalt expert with the Peugeot and Mitsubishi World Rally Teams, the 44-year-old Panizzi brings a wealth of experience to Proton that is seeking to embed its competitiveness in the IRC with a strong result in San Remo.