King Umberto II was the very last monarch of Italy before the country became a republic, reigning for just over a month from May 9, 1946, to June 12, 1946. For that reason he was known as the ‘Re di Maggio’ – the ‘May King’.
With the Italian Rally Championship moving to gravel for the first time this weekend, it’s crunch time for Umberto Scandola. Despite being billed as favourite before the start of the season, the factory Skoda Italia driver is currently second in the standings, without a victory to his name. Yet.
Mark Donnelly has shrugged off the disappointment of retiring from the British championship season-opener by confirming plans to tackle selected rounds of the French series alongside his BRC bid as the Pirelli Star Driver for the UK.
WRC 2 contender Elfyn Evans was handed an “enormous privilege” by being entrusted with M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta R5 on its worldwide competition debut this weekend.
Anybody concerned that the Finnish era of rally domination is well and truly over can now breathe easy.
Craig Breen will be forgiven if he gets a bit sideways on Tour de Corse later this month when he resumes his European championship title bid from May 16-18.
A special fundraiser, which will be held during this weekend’s British championship season-opening Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally, will raise funds for the charity.
Ott Tanak has reiterated his desire to return to the WRC in the future after confirming his entry Latvia’s Rally Talsi next month.
Racer Steven Kane will make his rally debut next month – in a World Rally Car.
Four-time Scottish champion David Bogie has won the Granite City Rally with the help of an ex-Colin McRae Ford Focus World Rally Car.