Simone Tempestini is gearing up for a busy 2015 starting with next month’s FIA European Rally Championship season-opener in Austria when he will look to take inspiration from none other than ex-Formula One racer Robert Kubica.Tempestini, a 20-year-old rising star from Romania, will embark on a major programme of world championship events during the upcoming season and will tackle as many as five rounds of the ERC as well.
Like Kubica in 2014, Tempestini, who is a member of the Napoca Rally Academy operation, will contest the Internationale Jännerrallye powered by GaGa Energy as final preparation for the WRC-counting Rallye Monte-Carlo.
While Tempestini won’t be in contention to emulate Kubica’s achievements by winning in Upper Austria in his two-wheel-drive Citroën DS3 R3T, the opportunity to compete on ice and snow-coated roads will provide useful experience ahead of the world championship event, which Tempestini will be contesting for the first time.
“Racing in Monte-Carlo is every driver’s dream,” said Tempestini, who will be partnered by multiple ERC co-driving champion Matteo Chiarcossi. “For us, it’s a dream come true in January next year. We have to acquire the best shape, most of our competitors know this rally and if we want to fight for the title we need the best start to next season.”
The Internationale Jännerrallye powered by GaGa Energy is scheduled for 4-6 January 2015. The event will count for ERC, ERC2, ERC3, ERC Ice Master, ERC Ladies’ Trophy and Austrian championship points. Details of Tempestini’s other planned ERC appearances have yet to be announced.