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February 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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Christine Giampaoli Zonca: A self taught automotive mechanic, mechanical engineer,  a rising rally driver,  a fierce competitor,  way nice enough to give AmaericanCarsAmericanGirl.com time for an interview and all this wrapped up in internationally beautful body and persona.

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To really understand this article you need to know about the Canary Islands, where Christine lives.  They are a  Spanish archipelago located 62 miles from the coast of Morocco.situation-of-the-canary-islands-map

The Canary Islands beaches, climate and important natural attractions, make it a major tourist destination with over 12 million visitors per year.morro-del-jable-at-the-very-end-of-fuerteventura-beach-of-morro-jable-canary-island-fuerteventura-spain-671-

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ACAG: I’m always amazed by someone who is multilingual. Are you fluent in anything else besides English, Italian and Spanish? I assume you are most comfortable with Spanish since the the Canary Island are a part of Spain

Christine:  I am actually Italian and I am equally comfortable in Italian, Spanish and (hopefully) English.  I went to University in England which helped me a lot!!12733576_1706519952950856_4434011280281395986_n

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ACAG: The Canary Islands are quite the exotic and unique part of the world. They have great year around weather beautiful beaches and country side. Are there any down sides?

Christine:  Yes, the temperature is amazing!! But… It is a long way to travel to even mainland Spain, let alone anywhere else in Europe!11071742_1582720601997459_1007812009026288804_n

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ACAG: You live on one island and race and another island etc. What are logistic of getting from island to island.

Christine: It can take a very long time to get around, without taking into account the expenses! At least I drive my own tow truck.. and so as my rallying career moves to the next level, which I hope it will,  I will probably need to re-locate!11410418_370260446517425_1616126169_n

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ACAG: You race in the Canarian gravel Rally Championship series. Is that a professional or a serious amateur series?

Christine:  It is professional and the standard is actually very good!11221287_10205877845378230_7577557773192395986_n

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ACAG:In 2016 you’re moving up from the Toyota (FWD class 1.6) to the Subaru (AWD class 4×4 2.0 ).  I would assume you will be competing against a higher skill level of driver?

Christine:  I think the skill of the driver is not necessarily changing but the power of the car, and the four-wheel driver,  means that it is mostly far more experienced drivers that I would be competing against.  There is a massive difference between the two cars… I’m really excited for this change.(pictures are Christine with her new Subaru)10275961_1689308161338702_303905858624639317_n

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ACAG: By the way, what’s going on with the Peugeot pictured on you Facebook

Christine: They are one of the works teams I am in talks with for the longer term future but it is far too early to know if I will be fortunate enough to secure a deal with them.  I really hope so!12295377_1678852569050928_5720268835079349628_n (1) 11205971_1674194779516707_1398458257209744717_n

 

ACAG: The thing about you that amazes me the most is the amount of  mechanical abilities that you acquired in such a short time and learning it pretty much on your own. Roughly what percent of the mechanical work do you do on your rally cars?

Christine:  I do an awful lot!0006 (1)  This is something I have worked on for many years.  When I was a young girl my parents thought I was out playing volleyball  – when in fact I was working on cars!10296979_524887634299857_380074218_nI also have a degree in Motorsports Technology so I think what is unique – and will hopefully help me attract some much needed sponsors and support –  is that I am a female mechanic, engineer and driver! But that isn’t enough of course… I really enjoy the work but I have so much to learn yet.11820551_1664263120380194_477013716_n 11809588_1605481776379780_1682154281_n

 

ACAG: Tell me about your Subaru and what you’ve had to do to get it rally ready?

Christine:  It has taken me a long time to take this car from being my street car, to a battered shell  to become into rallying race worthy condition.12301769_1681784148757770_3949130115717412623_n It has been hundreds and hundreds of hours of work but all very much enjoyable and worth it.12558497_1660427434220475_1623913264_n (1)

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ACAG: When did you run your first competitive rally?

Christine:  In 2014, one of the hardest races of the championship, with no assisted steering! haha1517341_253676981466559_2134296435_n 11692532_1629950493941136_4126482127611522505_n (1)

 

ACAG: Let’s assume 2016 racing goes pretty well for you anything in the works for 2017 and beyond?

Christine:  This year really is a formative one. I have just started work with some management in the UK and I need in 2016 to build my profile, rally as much as I can close to home,  but try and find either a works team or sponsors to come on board.  The ideal plan is that in 2017 I would do a full rallying season in the British Rally Championship, which really is an elite level.   I then can look to progress to European Rally Championship and my ultimate aim is to compete in the prestigious WRC.   A few women have done it but my goal has to be to become the most successful female rally driver ever –  if I don’t dare to dream…………..ps4 (1)

 

ACAG: Ever been to America ( if yes elaborate or if no are there any plans to visit)

Christine: I’ve have been to New York, incredible!   I will certainly be keen to visit and it may be that Rallycross is an option for me, which is very big in America!11218955_1649802985289220_7414008238482975815_n

 

ACAG:  Beside Rallying what racing genres do you follow?

Christine:  I love any motorsport.  I love cars,  I would not choose to do anything else but work with cars, drive them or watch them!1240_1687044458231739_3600783142414722519_n

 

ACAG: It can’t be all work all the time. Any hobbies hobbies you enjoy on the islands

Christine:  Working with cars? Does that count.  I like to buy, fix and sell cars, too….. Maybe some surfing now and then?10624179_1466078793679097_2036162590_n 0002 10929158_1554641148138738_7435510258975087679_n 12289768_1678622495740602_3285410598059072925_n 11828729_1642014542734731_1567436070323547645_n

 

AmericanCarsAmericanGirls.com will certainly be following the career of Christine. You can keep up to date with Christine by liking her on her Facebook – Christine Giampaoli Zonca.

 

 

 

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