Cavigioli returned to Intercontinental Rally Challenge action on Barum Czech Rally Zlín earlier this month for the first time since the Cyprus Rally last November. However, he was slowed by a handful of teething problems and an intercom glitch in his newly built Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX R4.
He admits the presence of several strong local crews will present a tough test on the asphalt roads of Ukraine’s Crimea region. “There are lots of experienced drivers there, but I hope to score the maximum points possible,” said the Italian. “There’s everything to play for still.”
After Yalta, Cavigioli plans for further IRC appearances have yet to be finalised. He wants to contest Rally Sliven in Bulgaria later this month but fears clashing work commitments could force a no show on the exciting asphalt round, a new addition to the IRC for 2012.