Christine Giampaoli Zonca was born in India the 22nd of July under the sign of Leo. She lived there for 8 years and then moved to Italy (both her parents are Italian); after a few movements in the Italian territory (Varese, north and then Città della Pieve, centre), she moved to Spain, exactly Canary Islands (Tenerife). Four years in Tenerife, studying English and learning Spanish, to then move again to Fuerteventura, where her actual house is. She then decided to (how strange!) take a plane to UK to study a career of Motorsport Engineering.
Christine didn’t start rallying at an early age as it took her some time to enter ‘this world’ from scratch; her parents weren’t petrol heads (even though her grandmother used to be both a rally driver and a journalist for a car magazine), and at the beginning her car-passion wasn’t very welcome in the family…
She started by helping out at the neighbour’s garage, slowly bought her own chassis of a Golf GTi (MKII) until preparing her Corolla which she used to race in 2014 and 2015. Her following project was in 2015, converting her street legal car (Subaru Impreza GC8) into a full gravel spec rally car. She competed in a few rallyes in 2016 with it.
Christine’s dream is to be world rally champion, and that’s why she keeps growing up in her career, showing her skills at national and international level. She has the talent and desire to be one of the few females to compete at the highest level in rally world.
Christine’s first full season of rallying where she competed in the Canarian Championship finishing all rallyes in her homebuilt FWD Toyota Corolla AE92.
Her consistent and fast performance, finishing every round, gave her a well deserved win of both the Championship of 2WD, her category (B4) and the Provincial Championship too.
As well as finishing her degree in England, Christine returned to the Canarian Championship, unfortunately this time suffering a few mechanical failures but still only scoring 6 points less than 2014 and finishing second in her class.
Her performances caught the attention of so many people within rally world that she was then selected to participate in the final round of ‘Mujer y Motor’ programme, an initiative by Spanish Automobile Federation to select a female rally driver in a 2-year programme. She finished in second place.
In addition, she was given the opportunity to participate in her first ever national rally in ‘Critérium de Málaga-Rally de Tierra’ with a Peugeot 208 R2 from MAVISA Sport team.
This debut in spanish rally championship attracted a lot of people, having a big impact on spanish media.
This year will be a development year for Christine to maximise her brand and increase her driving ahead of a full competitive season of professional rallying in 2017 (whilst competing again in the Canaries) Christine has more experience rallying on gravel so one of the aims is to increase her exposure to tarmac through various tests and events In 2017 Christine will either rally in the British Rally Championship or the European Rally Championship, depending on the opportunity with the manufacturers and teams we are talking to.
Third season for Christine in rallyes, where she changed her car and went from 2WD to AWD, competing again in Canary Islands, with a Subaru Impreza GC8, prepared by herself.
While then, she keeps looking for opportunities further than within the islands after the amazing experience at the end of the previous year. She also aims to debut in a tarmac rally, due to all the rallyes she had competed until then were in gravel. Finally, after some good results in the islands, she gets the call of an italian team to compete in Ralle Rose ’n Bowl in San Marino, where she finished her first tarmac rally in a Ford Fiesta ST N3.
Furthermore, after getting the interest of some companies to sponsor her, she closes a partial programme in spanish rally championship, where she competes in 3 gravel rallyes, 1 tarmac rally and makes one of her dreams to become real…¡To be on a World Rally Championship event! She races in Rally-RACC Catalunya. This programme is possible thanks to the confidence MAVISA Sport gave once again, which provided one of the Peugeot 208 R2 they own.
She gets over all issues in every rally, learning quickly and adapting to the vehicle, and, apart from finishing all the events, she becomes spanish feminine rally champion in gravel.
This incredible season is completed with a rally at the end of the year in Lanzarote, in her neighbor island, where Christine and her current co-driver, Luy Galán, race together for first time, and establish the start of what will be an amazing team.
Already focused in national and international rally events, Christine starts the year changing the vehicle once again, closing a full programme deal competing in Spanish tarmac and gravel championships, as well as in ERC (European Rally Championship) with a Ford Fiesta R2 and with Luy Galán already adapted to the right seat. Their first event with the car is in a regional rallysprint in Cacabelos, used as a test prior the start of the season. However, after that event, and for external reasons, the season programme is cancelled.
Anyway, here it happens an inflection point in Christine’s career. In march this year, DYNAMIC RACING team, based in California and competing in UTV Off-road racing, find Christine the best possible driver to be her lead driver, and they offer her a 3-year deal to compete in her team.
Christine decides to accept the challenge and what would be her first contact within offroad world and UTV, a world totally unknown for her and her co driver. But here it is when she shows all her potential as she finished in 10th place in her first race ever in this discipline (UTV World Championship). She beated many drivers with lots of experience.
With an ambitious sporting programme, she participates in important races such as BAJA 500 in Mexico, Pure 100, pure 100 Twiilight, Vegas to Reno, and the peak of the season in UTV: Baja 1000, one of the most famous and toughest races in North America.
But while she competes in USA she does not give up on rallying, as this year she will compete in Rally Ciutat de Cervera from spanish gravel championship, that will be used as a test for what would be the blast this season. RallyRACC-Catalunya from World Rally Championship, where she will race for second consecutive year.