All-female crew set for IRC campaign

An all-female crew will chase success in the IRC 2WD Cup for the first time this season, starting with next week’s Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés.

Bulgarian Ekaterina Stratieva, 29, and co-driver Carmen Poenaru, a 27-year-old from Romania, could contest as many as nine rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, subject to securing the right amount of funding.

While both are keen to exploit their all-lady crew status, Stratieva and Poenaru have achieved considerable success during their careers and are expected to impress aboard their Citroën C2, which they could upgrade to a DS3 R3T later in the season.

Stratieva, a two-time Bulgarian hillclimb champion, is no stranger to the IRC either having tackled the Prime Yalta Rally and Barum Czech Rally Zlín in 2011 where she finished as the top female driver.

With Bulgaria joining the IRC schedule for the first time this year with September’s Rally Sliven, Stratieva’s participation in the all-action series is timely given the rising level of interest in the IRC in Bulgaria.

Source: IRC Series