Paddon leads star-studded line-up for the TER – Tour European Rally in Alba
Many Champions promise great sporting battles on the tricky roads of Langhe Roero Monferrato area.
Round 4 of the 2022 TER – Tour European Rally has attracted a great number of champions, ready to fight over two days of competition, in the beautiful Piedmont Langhe region, Unesco World Heritage Site.
Hayden Paddon (Hyundai New Zealand driver - 2011 PWRC World Champion - Hyundai Motorsport WRC works driver – winner of the 2016 WRC Rally Argentina and TER Series Ambassador) begins in Alba his 2022 European season, after three wins in native New Zealand.
Frenchman Stéphane Lefebvre, 2014 WRC3 and JWRC World Champion, will drive a Citroën C3 Rally2 like the one he used to win the first 3 rounds of the 2022 Belgian Championship.
12-time Italian Champion Paolo Andreucci returns to the newest concept of Rally Series after winning Rally Città di Arezzo Valtiberina last year, driving a Škoda Fabia Rally 2 equipped with MRF tyres, with which he secured his 12th national title in the 2021 Italian Gravel Championship. A good result in Alba could mean a ticket for a maiden International title by the end of the season.
Behind the three “new entries” will be some drivers who have already made their mark in this year’s TER Series: Jonathan Michellod (2019 TER Junior champion) fresh from his maiden victory in Rallye du Chablais, two-time Swiss Champion Ivan Ballinari, 2021 Swiss Champion (and 2021 Rallye du Chablais TER winner) Mike Coppens.
Guillaume Girolamo, who took TER Junior silver in Chablais, is stepping up to the R5 class, where he will be joined by another two local new entries, Massimo Marasso at his 7th participation in Alba and Alberto Dall’Era, who returns to Alba 2 years after his maiden experience.
A great line up also in the TER Junior, where Mexican 2021 NACAM Junior Champion Patrice Spitalier and back-to-back Rallye du Chablais TER Junior winner Sacha Althaus are joined by Thibault Maret (3rd in Chablais), young Yohan Surroca making his rallying debut, and Yoann Loeffler aiming to put the previous event’s disappointment behind him.