A first foray into rallying for Kuno Wittmer
Recognized as one of Quebec’s most experienced endurance racing drivers, Kuno Wittmer will take part in the very first rally event of his career at the end of the month.
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He confirmed on Wednesday that he will be at the start of the famous Charlevoix event which will take place on October 22 and 23.
“I started racing 25 years ago, but I never touched, or even thought about, rallying. Last year, I attended the Rallye de Charlevoix and it really impressed me, ”he said, in an interview with the Journal.
“However, I said to myself why I would not try my luck, he continued. I have taken steps in recent months and convinced sponsors. Lo and behold, I found a steering wheel, a co-driver and a car. Everything is in order. »
A winning car
« It’s a good car, » said Wittmer. I must thank Philippe Brasseur, director of the magazine Pole Position, and the organization of the Rallye de Charlebois who gave me a precious helping hand in my efforts. I am very grateful to them. »
It is aboard the Subaru STi that won the Canadian championship for brothers André and René Leblanc in 2021 that he will make his first foray into the world of speed rallying. Albertan Michael Szewczyk will be his co-pilot.
Photo courtesy Clément Tavernier – poleposition.ca
It is at the wheel of this Subaru STi that Kuno Wittmer will attempt the adventure of rallying for the first time.
Wink at Grandpa
As he has never driven a rally car, Wittmer has scheduled a day of testing in the New-Richmond area in mid-October to familiarize himself with his new environment.
Originally from Hudson, west of Montreal, Kuno was immersed in the world of motor racing at a young age. But the members of the famous family have never raced in rallies… with one exception.
« My grandfather, who was also called Kuno, was crowned Quebec rally champion for five consecutive years between 1975 and 1979, » recalls Wittmer, who wants to take advantage of this foray into unknown territory to assess the possibilities and, knows- never, make it a new specialty.
“For the moment, nothing is planned on my schedule in 2023, but I intend to remain active,” he promises.
As a reminder, Wittmer, aged 40, notably won seven victories on the famous Daytona circuit, including one acquired at the prestigious 24 Hours Endurance Classic in 2015.