British Rally Car Driver Louise Cook in her first event in the World Rally Championship 2012 season (and first drive in the WRC for her ever) finished 54th overall in the prestigious Monte Carlo rally held this weekend, but that was still good enough for a 2nd place podium finish in the Production WRC Class category she was driving in.
Australians Molly Taylor and Rebecca Smart are the only full-time all-female team in this year’s 2011 World Rally Championship. (Molly on the left, Rebecca on the right).
They are part of the WRC Academy program where young drivers are given a chance to compete in six rallies in the WRC in identical Ford Focus R2s without having to come up with the funding to cover the expenses of the cars, mechanics, etc.
A new co-driver for this year’s World Rally Championship 2011 season for the Red Bull Skoda team, Kathi Wüstenhagen.
Ilka Minor-Petrasko, World Rally Championship (WRC) co-driver with her driver, Henning Solberg, getting ready for another rally.
Although almost all World Rally Championship teams are from Scandinavian or mainland European countries, most teams still work in and with the English language while in the car on stages.
Driving a rally car is only half of the job in Rally racing. The other half of the job is the co-driver, a person with a big book of handwritten notes that calls out all the upcoming twists, turns and jumps so the driver doesn’t even have to hardly look at the road and always knows what is coming next.
This is Ilka Minor-Petrasko, the only full-time female co-driver in the World Rally Championship in 2010. She co-drove for Henning Solberg on the Stobart MK-V Ford World Rally Team.