It is long winter break in slovenian rally championship, but soon will be on calendar 8. Rally Vipavska dolina from 21.4. to 22.4.2018. This event will be little special due first start of proto rally car in Slovenia.
Behind Volkswagen Polo Proto’s wheel will be Darko Peljhan, sixt time slovenian rally champion and also winner of last edition of Rally Vipavska dolina. He will be driving whole season with Anja Verbič, codriver from last season.
Last season was really amazing due battles to the end season in general classification and all divisions. Claudio De Cecco already published his plans for new season. They will be the same as on previous year – attack on championship title with Hyundai Slovenija as general sponsor.
Rok Turk, as last season slovenian champion, has plan to racing with Peugeot 208 T16, but he is in the middle of conversations with sponsors for whole season. At least he has 208 R2 at home, so he will be 100% in action. The same class car wanted to drive Grega Premrl, last season champion in division 2, but he didn’t managed to got more sponsors, so he will be driving the same car as last few seasons – Citroen DS3 R3T.
In division 2 we will see at least more Aleks Humar, Denis Mrevlje, Jernej Fakin (all with Peugeot 208 R2) and after two seasons in ADAC Opel Rallye Cup also Tim Novak with Opel Adam R2.
Step up from division 1 made Janko Čebron, hillclimb and rally driver. He bought Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX and he will be driving on selected rallies. Simon Mlinar, division 1 champion from last season, will be driving again in the same division, but not with the same car. Rival from last season, Jan Mrak, won’t be driving this season – the same as Rok Jerkič.
But this season won’t be special just because new rally cars and drivers. After many years are back again reviews from events – now on Šport TV. Reviews will be from all rallies and three hillclimb races.
First short taste of rally racing will be on OPV Rally day on 1.4.2018 (12:00 – 18:30) in Črni Vrh nad Idrija as testing before real start of new season.