Christine Giampaoli Zonca

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Christine Giampaoli Zonca
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Born (1993-07-22) July 22, 1993 (age 27)
India
NationalityItalian/Canarian
CitizenshipItaly/Canary Islands
EducationMotorsports Technology BSc (Hons)
Alma materBirmingham City University
OccupationRally UTV Driver
Websitechristinegz.com

Christine Giampaoli Zonca (born 22 July 1993) is an Italian/Canarian rally and off-road race driver who works under the nickname Christine GZ.

Early life

Christine was born to Italian parents in India, where she lived for 8 years before moving to Milan, Italy, and then finally to the Canary Islands[1].

Racing career

Christine is one of a small handful of female rally and off-road drivers in the world. According to her website, she moved into the sport a little later than most people, working her way up through the ranks through hard work, initially beginning at her neighbour's garage[2]. She bought her first chassis, a 1988 Golf MKII, followed quickly by the car that really got her started in the sport[3], a 1989 Rally Corolla that she named "Lolla"[1].

In 2014, she won her first title, the overall Championship of the Canaries[1]. Christine is a Can-Am Ambassador[4]. In 2016, Christine was a member of the first all-female rally team to compete at the World Rally Championships[5].

Personal

On top of her professional racing career, Christine has also earned her Motorsports Technology BSc (Hons) from the Birmingham City University [6]. She originally began working on an Economics degree, but then decided to follow her heart and became a motorsport engineering technologist[7].

Racing starts

Year Race Car Driven
2019 Baja 1000 [8], [9] Dynamic Can-Am X3 UTV
2019 Sonora Rally [10] Dynamic Can-Am X3 UTV
2018 Ral.li Ciutat de Tàrrega [11] Can-Am Maverick X3
2018 Ral.li Vidreres de Terra [11] Can-Am Maverick X3 X RS Turbo R
2017 RallyRACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada [11] Peugeot 208 1.2 Pure Tech
2017 Ral.li Ciutat de Cervera [11] Peugeot 107 RC Maxi
2017 Slalom Los Caracolitos [11] Subaru Impreza GC8
2017 Rally Il Ciocco e Valle del Serchio [11] Fiat Abarth 695 SS
2017 Rallysprint de La Mencía "Villa de Cacabelos" [11] Ford Fiesta R2
2016 Rally Orvecame Isla de Lanzarote [11] Renault Twingo RS R2
2016 Rallye Ciudad de Pozoblanco [11] Peugeot 208 R2
2016 Rally Comunidad de Madrid RACE [11] Peugeot 208 R2
2016 Rally de La Oliva [11] Toyota Corolla AE92
2016 Critérium de Málaga - Rallye de Tierra [11] Peugeot 208 R2
2016 RallyRACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada [11] Peugeot 208 R2
2016 Rally Ciutat de Valls [11] Peugeot 208 R2
2016 Ral.li Ciutat de Cervera [11] Peugeot 208 R2
2016 Rally Bianco Azzuro - Rose'n Bowl [11] Ford Fiesta ST
2016 Slalom Los Caracolitos-Ayto Antigua [11] Subaru Impreza GC8
2016 Rally Isla de Los Volcanes [11] Subaru Impreza GC8
2016 Slalom Majanicho-El Caramba [11] Subaru Impreza GC8
2016 Slalom Santa Mónica Tefia-Naviera Armas [11] Subaru Impreza GC8
2016 Slalom La Candelaria-Tías [11] Subaru Impreza GC8
2015 Il Slalom Antigua [11] Toyota Corolla AE92
2015 Critérium de Málaga - Rallye de Tierra [11] Peugeot 208 R2
2015 Rally Isla de Los Volcanes [11] Toyota Corolla AE92
2015 Rally de Antigua [11] Toyota Corolla AE92
2015 Slalom Isla de Lanzarote-Tinajo [11] Toyota Corolla AE92
2015 Slalom Los Caracolitos [11] Toyota Corolla AE92
2015 Rally de Tierra Isla Verde [11] Toyota Corolla AE92
2015 Slalom Majanicho-El Caramba [11] Toyota Corolla AE92
2015 Rally de Tierra de Gran Canaria [11] Toyota Corolla AE92
2015 Slalom Maximo Ojeda [11] Toyota Corolla AE92
2014 Rally de La Oliva [11] Toyota Corolla AE92
2014 Slalom de Santa Lucia [11] Toyota Corolla AE92
2014 Rally Isla de Volcanes [11] Toyota Corolla AE92
2014 Rally de Antigua [11] Toyota Corolla AE92
2014 Slalom Isla de Lanzarote-Tinajo [11] Toyota Corolla AE92
2014 Slalom Los Caracolitos [11] Toyota Corolla AE92
2014 Rally de Tierra de Gran Canaria [11] Toyota Corolla AE92
2014 Rally de Tierra Isla Verde [11] Toyota Corolla AE92
2014 Slalom de San Bartolomé [11] Toyota Corolla AE92

In the media

              

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Christine Giampaoli Zonca Biography". ChristineGZ.com. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  2. "Who's Christine GZ, Dynamic Racing lead driver". Dynamic Racing. 2017-09-22. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  3. "Intervista esclusiva a Christine Giampaoli Zonca: "Punto alla Dakar 2020"". Rallyssimo (in italiano). 2018-08-28. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  4. "CHRISTINE GZ". can-am.brp.com. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  5. "FC client Christine Giampaoli Zonca makes rallying history". Full Contact Law. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  6. "Motorsports Technology student is a rally star". Birmingham City University. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  7. Krith, Anna (2017-06-15). "Christine Giampaoli Zonca: The Italian "thunder" behind the wheel". Anna Krith's Lifestyle. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  8. "Un equipaggio varesotto al via della Baja 1000". VareseNews (in italiano). 2019-10-02. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  9. "BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 1000". www.autoracing1.com. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  10. "Christine GZ Finishes 1st & 2nd in Sonora Rally Stages". Dynamic Racing. 2019-03-22. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 11.14 11.15 11.16 11.17 11.18 11.19 11.20 11.21 11.22 11.23 11.24 11.25 11.26 11.27 11.28 11.29 11.30 11.31 11.32 11.33 11.34 11.35 11.36 11.37 11.38 11.39 eWRC-results.com. "Christine Giampaoli Zonca - rally profile eWRC-results.com". eWRC-results.com. Retrieved 2020-07-06.

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