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IRC: Campana to compete on Sanremo Rally

Pierre Campana will compete on the legendary Sanremo Rally in September, round ten of the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

The Frenchman, who shot to fame when he finished on the J-WRC podium at the Tour de Corse last year, France's round of the World Rally Championship, will drive the latest-specification Renault Clio R3 run by the Italian Power Car Team-Munaretto.

The event will be his first outside France as a driver, although he did contest the Swedish Rally last year as a co-driver in order to build up further experience of international events.

The 24-year-old will be co-driven by his fellow Corsican Sabrina de Castelli, who has also accompanied him to two out of three wins on the French Suzuki Cup this season.

Campana has previous experience of Renault's state-of-the-art Clio R3 from the Vins de Champagne Rally this year in France but his Sanremo outing offers an even greater challenge. Indeed it not only counts as a round of the IRC, but it is also part of the Clio R3 Trofeo Italia and the Clio R3 West European Trophy.

Despite the strength of his rivals and his own inexperience though, Pierre is determined to push hard for class victory.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have this amazing opportunity: along with competing on the Tour de Corse this is one of the biggest chances of my career so far," said Campana.

"I know that the other drivers are sure to have more experience with the car and better knowledge of international events in general, but this is not going to put me off. We have a really good package at our disposal and we intend to use it to its full potential."

In order to reacquaint himself with the Renault Clio R3 and its BFGoodrich tyres, Campana will benefit from a one-day test session in Tuscany in early September.

"I've been very impressed with the car and the team from what I have seen so far, and I would like to thank everybody who has helped to make this project a reality," he added. "Myself and Sabrina are aiming firmly to reward everybody's faith in us with a result to be proud of in Sanremo."

Power Car team principal Fabio Munaretto meanwhile is looking forward to seeing Campana in action.

"We are proud to be working with another very promising young driver. We will do everything possible to ensure that he benefits from a top car and all our experience to achieve the result that his talent deserves on the Sanremo Rally," Munaretto summed-up.



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