Giampaoli and Romero come from winning in their category in the Baja Extremadura.
The local accent is put by co-driver David Nadal, who competes with Monica Plaza from Cuenca.
Avatel Racing Team attends the Baja España Aragón Trofeo Avatel for the first time and does it with an important female presence in his team and with five cars, one of them electric. The tandem composed by the Spanish-Italian driver Christine Giampaoli (Christine GZ) and the Spanish co-driver Rosa Romero, with the addition of a third athlete, the driver Monica Plaza, who will be accompanied by David Nadal from Teruel.
The Baja España Aragón Trofeo Avatel is the only Spanish event scoring for the FIA World Cup of Cross Country Lowland.
"We are convinced that the rally has the values of our brand, work and overcoming to reach where others do not reach, hence our involvement,"
says the vice president of the company, Jorge Gomez. The team comes with the objective of performing to the maximum, to do a good job and fight to continue in the leading positions.
Avatel Racing Team arrives in Teruel after the good results obtained in the Baja Extremadura, the first race of the CERTT Avatel. Giampaoli and Romero were first in the TN1 category, where Pablo Cantó and Jorge Gómez took third place. And where Mónica Plaza made her debut as a rally driver after years of co-driving, obtaining fifth place.
As for the electric car, the Avatel EcoPower will be on display at the Avatel bivouac after having been tested in Massia Pelarda showing the capabilities of this prototype, which is serving as a basis for preparing an electric competition category. This aspect is being worked on together with the Royal Spanish Automobile Federation.
Christine Giampaoli and Rosa Romero approach the event with the intention of continuing to consolidate as a sporting couple and with the aim of reediting the good sensations they had in their first race together.
"The Baja Aragón is a tough and very fast competition, where we are also going to face the heat. We are going to demand the maximum as always to face this new challenge",
Mónica Plaza and David Nadal are very excited about this race, in which both are racing at home, David for being from Teruel and Plaza for having family in the area.
"It is a very special moment, we will be very well supported"
, they say, adding that they will keep the same objective as in the previous race to settle the driving and make kilometers, but now looking towards the top positions.
All the vehicles of the Avatel Racing Team, which has trained at the Masía Pelarda facilities, are Toyota Hilux and will compete in the T1N category, with the exception of the electric car and that of Mónica Plaza, who will be driving a Toyota Land Cruiser 200 corresponding to the T2 category.
The telecommunications company Avatel, main sponsor of the Baja España Aragón and the Spanish Off-Road Rally Championship (CERTT) is committed to making visible and promoting the female talent that exists in the world of motorsport, and also to promoting electric driving, convinced that it is the future of the automotive industry. In 2020 it signed Giampaoli, bringing her back to Spain, and in 2021 it has given Monica Plaza the opportunity to become a driver. And finally it has been reinforced with the experience of Rosa Romero, a reference in motorcycles.
The team's trajectory
Giampaoli, who since October has been linked to the telecommunications brand, has boosted his career by participating in the founding edition of the Extreme E (the popularly called 'Dakar of electric vehicles') and in the Rally of Andalusia 2002 and 2021, demonstrating in each event his evolution. The CERTT Avatel is now his goal.
Rosa Romero is a reference in the world of motorcycles and has now taken the step to co-driving, contributing her experience in navigation. Nani Roma's wife has nine Dakar rallies under her belt, always at the controls of a motorcycle, except for the last one, where she switched to the co-driver's seat.
In the case of Monica Plaza, this will be her second race as a driver. She grew up in the world of motorcycling and although very young, she already has extensive experience as a co-driver, along with prominent names such as Cristina Gutiérrez or her Manuel Plaza, with whom she did tandem in the Dakar. He competes with the veteran co-driver David Nadal from Teruel, who brings all his experience.
Pablo Cantó was finisher in his first and only Dakar so far and has participated in both editions of the Rally Andalucía. He will drive alongside Ariel Jaton, a veteran co-driver and engineer. Avatel Racing Team is completed with the presence of Willy Villanueva, an experienced driver who has been racing since 1993 and has participated in both circuits and dirt rallies. He will drive with his co-driver Borja Aguado.
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