(Italian rally talent Tamara Molinaro joins the new TitansRX Rallycross Series for 2019)
The 2017 European Ladies Rally Champion Tamara Molinaro will become the first woman to compete in the brand-new TitansRX Rallycross Series. “I am extremely excited and proud to be part of this new Championship! New format, new cars and some of the best drivers in the world, it just sounds great!”, Molinaro said.
TitansRX CEO Max J. Pucher said: “We have long been looking for a fitting lady to take on our group of fantastic drivers. When I saw, how Tamara was throwing around the Pantera RX6 Supercar, which she had never driven before, I knew she was the perfect choice. So, I am very happy she has agreed to become part of our lineup and I am convinced, she will quickly adapt to the car and the kind of racing in order to be part of this crew, who will bring the most exciting Rallycross to the spectators and on Eurosport."
The Italian first drove a rally car at the age of eleven, thanks to her father Giorgio being involved in rallying. At the start of her career, she was mainly known as a co-driver of former Mitsubishi works driver Gigi Galli. In no time, Molinaro was picked up by Red Bull driver program.
In 2013, she gave her driver debut in rallying in her native Italy. Three years ago, she drove an Opel Adam as an all-female course car in the Schneebergland Rallye in Austria with Ilka Minor as her co-driver. Her first competitive international outing followed at the 2016 Skoda Rallye Liezen (Austria), where she finished 13Th overall, the Rallye Waldviertel (Austria), the Mikulas Rally (Hungary) and the Rallye Ronde Prealpi (Italy).
Tamara took a big step forward in 2017 entering the European Rally Championship for the Opel Junior Team together with Austrian co-driver Ursula Mayrhofer. She ended the year as the ERC Ladies champion and 10th in the ERC3 standings, becoming the second-youngest champion ever. In 2018, Molinaro moved up to the World Championship, where she piloted a Ford Fiesta R5 in the WRC2 class at the Rally Sweden.
Now the 22-year-old has opted for a start in the TitansRX Series. “Already on the first few laps the PanteraRX6 car has really impressed me and I am so looking forward to getting more familiar with it. I am of course not used to Rallycross, but for me it’s a big new challenge, and I can’t wait to learn. I am probably the least experienced driver in the series, but I will give my everything to fight these crazy boys, I am not afraid,” she added.
The TitansRX Championship will take off on June 29/30 in Dreux, France.
About TitansRX Europe:
TitansRX is a Rallycross Series focusing on the excitement of drivers and fans participating in one of the most competitive and fastest growing motorsports. TitansRX will hold twelve races on six double header weekends in six different countries. The innovative one-design PanteraRX6 car will provide a level grid, emphasising driving skill. The new regulations will create more exciting and closer racing. The TV production will put drivers to the foreground and capture the most energetic and emotional moments on and off the track.
Titans RX 2019 Race Calendar
Official Test MAY 4-5 AUSTRIA MJP ARENA
Rds 1 & 2 JUN 29-30 FRANCE DREUX
Rds 3 & 4 JUL 27-28 ENGLAND LYDDEN HILL
Rds 5 & 6 AUG 10-11 PORTUGAL MONTALEGRE
Rds 7 & 8 SEP 7-8 AUSTRIA MJP ARENA
Rds 9 & 10 OCT 5-6 HUNGARY NYIRAD
Grand Finale OCT 19-20 GERMANY BUXTEHUDE
Current Titans RX Driver Line-Up 2019 Season
Alex Wurz - former F1 driver and 2-time LeMans Winner (wildcard)
Toomas Heikkinnen - World Rallycross Championship, 2014 runner-up, 2011 GRC Champion
Reinhold Sampl - Austrian Rally Champion M1 Class
Timmy Hansen - World Rallycross Championship, 2015 runner-up
Kevin Hansen- World Rallycross Championship, 2015 Lites Cup Champion
Hayden Paddon - World Rally Championship, race winner
Stephane Sarrazine - former F1 driver and 2-time LeMans Series Champion
Lukacs "CsuCsu" Kornel - World Rallycross Championship & World Rally Championship starter
Andreas Steffen - World Rallycross Championship starter (wildcard)
Andrew Jordan - World Rallycross Championship starter, 2013 BTCC Champion
Craig Breen - World Rallycross Championship, 2012 WRC 2 Champion
Tamara Molinaro – World Rallycross Championship starter, 2017 ERC Ladies Champion