Pons is the latest fan of Tuthill Porsche on Facebook
. We started the page a
week ago and we're proud to have Fabrizia as our twentieth follower.
describing herself as ‘a mother of two fantastic children’, Fabrizia’s
distinguished CV tells a fascinating story. A native of Turin, Italy, Pons is
perhaps the most successful woman ever to sit in a World Rally Championship
car, and one of only two people ever
to score World Rally Championship points as both driver and co-driver.
known for her partnership with French star, Michèle Mouton, Fabrizia guided the
pair to the first WRC win by a female team, at San Remo in 1981. The following
year, Pons/Mouton took three wins, finishing second in the World Championship.
that year, Fabrizia was awarded the Halda Trophy, which honours the world’s
greatest co-drivers. The pair went on to claim five more podium finishes.
Fabrizia also took victory alongside Hannu Mikkola in the American
with Piero Longhi in the 1994 Italian Rally Championship brought wins on Il
Ciocco and the famous Mille Miglia. Fabrizia’s triumphant return to competition
caught the eye of Ford’s WRC team, who paired her with the great Ari Vatanen
(below): a partnership that continues to this day. Ari describes working with
Fabrizia as “sheer joy”: the duo later fulfilling its potential with wins in
the Atlas Rally and Baja Portugal for the Citroen Rally Raid team.
1996 to 1998, Pons’ racing partner would be Piero Liatti, as part of the
Prodrive Subaru works WRC team. A pair of podiums in 1996 were followed
by victory for the two Italians on the ’97 Monte Carlo Rally, and two more
challenges beckoned at the turn of the century, when Fabrizia turned her
attention back to rally raid, and a seat alongside Jutta Kleinschmidt in the
works Volkswagen Touareg. Pons stayed with Volkswagen for six years, scoring a
third place with Jutta on the 2005 Paris Dakar.
We worked with Fabrizia on last year's Safari Rally and had a ball: it would not have been the same without FP on our team (her Safari seat is pictured here). Having Fabrizia with us on Facebook is a privilege!
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