Motorbike ace set for IRC debut
Not content with showing his speed on two wheels, Gabor Talmacsi will spend 2012 attempting to demonstrate his pace on four when he embarks on his first full season of rallying.
And the 2007 125cc world motorcycle champion will make his Intercontinental Rally Challenge debut when he contests June’s Canon Mecsek Rallye in his native Hungary.
The 30-year-old nine-time grand prix winner has changed disciplines this year and is contesting the Hungarian Rally Championship, which supports the IRC round from 2/3 June.
"I reached everything in MotoGP I had wanted," said Talmacsi, who will drive a Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX.
"As I taste rallying I feel more motivated. It’s one of the most complex technical sports and this is a big challenge for me. This year I try to learn as much as possible."
On his rallying debut on the Szilveszter Rally late last season, Talmacsi finished fifth out of 140 entrants.