Extreme E Interview - Christine Giampaoli Zonca

I caught up with the Hispano Suiza driver recently to chat about Extreme E, her love for motor racing and one of her most embarrassing moments to date.

Christine Giampaoli Zonca, better known as Christine GZ, is a 27-year-old Italian-Canary driver. In 2014, in her full-time debut in competition, she achieved her first ever victory in a gravel rally. In the same year, she became regional champion of the Canary Islands in front-wheel drive vehicles, as well as in group B4. Then, in 2016, she made her debut in the World Rally Championship (WRC) at Rally de Catalunya, as a member of the first all-female rally team. The team then won the women's category of the Spanish Gravel Rally Championship.

Since 2017, Giampaoli's career has been focused on participating in off-road races, mainly in the United States and Mexico, where she finished in seventh place in the famous Baja 1000, within the Pro UTV Turbo category. Finally, in 2020 she became the main driver of Avatel Racing Team, coming 3rd in the T2 category in the AndalucĂ­a Road to Dakar Rally.

This year, she joins Oliver Bennet at the Hispano Suiza Exite Energy team for the ground breaking new racing series, Extreme E. We caught up just before the brand new season got underway in Saudi Arabia. We chatted about how she fell in love with motor racing, what's different about Extreme E and much more. I hope you enjoy our conversation.

Thanks again to Christine GZ and the Hispano Suiza Team.

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  • She's a happy camper isn't she? - for a late starter she's certainly enjoying herself - good interview!

      22 days ago