Christine Giampaoli Zonca, from the Canaries to Los Angeles: the story of the mechanic girl who is inspiring America.
You will remember the first movie of the Transformers saga, where a car-loving mechanic girl worked in her workshop. Well, certain stories do not only exist in the movies but are really authentic and beautiful stories.
Christine Giampaoli Zonca was born in India the 22nd of July under the sign of Leo. She lived there for 8 years and then moved to Italy (both her parents are Italian). After a few movements in the Italian territory she went to Spain, exactly Canary Islands (Tenerife). Four years in Tenerife, studying English and learning Spanish, to then move again to Fuerteventura, where her actual house is. She then decided to (how strange!) take a plane to UK to study a career of Motorsport Engineering.
Christine didn’t start rallying at an early age as it took her some time to enter ‘this world’ from scratch. Her parents weren’t petrol heads (even though her grandmother used to be both a rally driver and a journalist for a car magazine), and at the beginning her car-passion wasn’t very welcome in the family…
She started by helping out at the neighbour’s garage, slowly bought her own chassis of a Golf GTi (MKII) until preparing her Corolla which she used to race in 2014 and 2015. Her following project was in 2015, converting her street legal car (Subaru Impreza GC8) into a full gravel spec rally car. She competed in a few rallyes in 2016 with it.
A female class trophy in the Spanish Gravel Rally Championship and the participation in Catalunya WRC 2016 with an all-female team have already made her into the history of the 4-wheelers.
Thanks to her outstanding driving skills on gravel and her ability to solve the most complicated situations, in 2017 Christine joined the Dynamic Racing Team to participate in the most important American and international offroad competitions.
Christine’s dream is to be world motorsport champion, and that’s why she keeps growing up in her career, showing her skills at national and international level. She has the talent and desire to be one of the few females to compete at the highest level in rally world.
Watch the video of the first Baja 500 run by Christine awaiting the famous Baja 1000 in November.