WRC »

Pan-European Pirelli Shoot-out winners named.

Finland's Jarkko Nikara and the Czech Republic's Martin Semerad have been named as the two Pirelli Star Driver winners following the Pan-European Shoot-out this weekend in Freistadt, Austria.

The competition took place over two-days and the 18 young hopefuls were assess both on and off the stages by the panel of experts, which included former World Rally Championship stars, Walter Rohrl and Michele Mouton, as well as Autosport and Rallycourse editor, David Evans.

However, in the end there could only be two winners and it was Nikara and Semerad that came out top. They will now receive a fully-paid drive on six rounds of the 2009 World Rally Championship in a Group N or Super 2000 car supplied and serviced under an FIA contract with a specialist preparation company.

"If I say that I'm really happy to win it might sound stupid," said Nikara, "but I was so disappointed after my interviews with the judging panel yesterday that I was convinced I had blown about 80 per cent of my chances.

"Once I got into the car I gave it 110 per cent, concentrating as hard as I could on my driving, and I think that was the best approach. I'm extremely proud to think that next year I will have the chance to compete alongside some other well-known young Finns on the World Rally Championship.

"I'm massively grateful to the FIA and Pirelli for having organised an extraordinary event like the 'Pirelli Star Driver' programme. It gives me an exciting and unforgettable chance to live out my dream and drive on the World Rally Championship."

Semerad, who has just turned 18, was also over the moon: "This is more than a dream for me," he added. "Two weeks ago I had no clue about what was going to happen. I was just thinking about my studies and preparing for a rallysprint event happening in the Czech Republic soon. Now I am a winner of the 'Pirelli Star Driver' contest and that is obviously a huge honour for me.

"I don't think it has fully sunk in yet to be honest. I've only ever contested asphalt rallies before, but when I heard that I was going to compete on this event, I took part in a gravel rally in Germany – only last week.

"To be amongst the people chosen for the 'Pirelli Star Driver' programme is a simply fantastic opportunity, for which I would like to thank the FIA and Pirelli very much. I'm also very pleased to be competing next year alongside my very talented compatriot, Martin Prokop."



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Finland`s Jarkko Nikara - one of the two Pan-European Pirelli Star Driver Shoot-out winners [Pic credit: Pirelli]
Martin Semerad - one of the two Pan-European Pirelli Star Driver Shoot-out winners [Pic credit: Pirelli]
Sebastien Ogier secures fourth WRC Drivers` title with Rally Catalunya win [Pic credit: Volkswagen/ El Mokni]
Pirelli
Pirelli
Pirelli
Hayden Paddon`s burnt out Hyundai i20 WRC. Rally de Portugal 2016 [Pic credit: Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool]
John Kennard poses for a picture next to his and Hayden Paddon`s burnt out Hyundai i20 WRC. Rally de Portugal 2016 [Pic credit: Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool]
03.03.2016 - Pirelli Tyres
03.03.2016 - Pirelli Tyres
Volkswagen WRC Drivers 2016
WRC Drivers 2016
WRC Drivers 2016
Pirelli Tyres
Matthew Corby - Pirelli
Pirelli
Pirelli
Pirelli

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Railwayenough - Unregistered

December 14, 2009 12:08 AM

Scheme Curriculum,supply financial ensure my mind top narrow rock economy recognition charge change finish rather back country already chemical city care capital run crowd practice afraid typical display one enjoy circumstance ahead cultural though hair art respond mother tell yesterday device traditional consider deny route band them doctor concept international consumer baby rare hour happen break impression side consideration heart mind stone official marriage device fee learn focus anyone say concept assumption today daughter therefore age below sum wear jump follow past curriculum advantage right quiet politics matter pass photograph foundation video media citizen connect quickly home



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.