“Secondly, you have to be mentally and emotionally stable.” Without this quality, the hours of driving in extreme conditions could not be endured. “It’s always essential to have a good relationship with yourself and, of course, with the rest of the team.” Because without cohesion, nothing works at all. Nor without the ability to adapt quickly: “You have to be an expert in subjects like mechanics, navigation, and generally in constantly overcoming new challenges.” Because sometimes the environment changes within minutes – sand becomes rock or you suddenly have to cross a raging river. It’s also a matter of having the right gut feeling: “If I have three equal options or three routes I can take, I have to intuitively choose the right one.”
The last characteristic that makes a good rally driver, according to Rizzardi, reads as simple as it is logical: “You have to be fast. Because all the other qualities won’t do you any good if you’re not fast enough.” The motorsport enthusiast is not necessarily interested in winning rallies, but in constantly improving: “When I started in 2009, I was driving at the back of the field.” In the meantime, he has managed to win one or two classes – proof of the fact that he is constantly growing from these challenges.
Incidentally, Agostino Rizzardi’s dream of a possible rally raid victory is currently outweighed by a completely different desire: “I want a Porsche 959 S – my absolute dream car. I wouldn’t just put it away, I’d actually drive it. After all, that’s what these cars were built for.” And while searching for this gem, Rizzardi is already preparing for his next adventure: Provided everything goes as planned, he will take part in the Morocco Desert Challenge next April. 3,000 kilometers in eight days. To this end, he will begin with chassis tuning in Tunisia as early as November – at the latest.
Photo credits Home Story: Matthias Mederer / ramp.pictures
Photo Credits Dynamic Rally Shots: Courtesy of Agostino Rizzardi