Zupanc and co-driver Spela Trcek, who is also from Slovenia, scored eighth-place points on the gravel event in their Gassner Motorsport-prepared Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX.
“It was a hard rally for me because it was the first time racing on gravel,” said Zupanc, a former karter and hillclimb competitor who switched to rallying in 2009. “I’m not that young anymore but I still like to learn. Of course I would like to do more [rounds of the IRC] but I am doing some other rallies already and the sponsorship can be a problem.”
Zupanc follows in the footsteps of Burcu Çetinkaya, who became the first female driver to score IRC points, a feat she achieved on RACMSA Rally of Scotland in 2010 alongside co-driver Çiçek Güney.