A polished performance in a Renault Mégane RS enabled Consani to clinch the runner-up spot, as well as the first IRC podium for French manufacturer Renault. Alongside countryman Nicolas Klinger, Consani won both the IRC Production Cup and the IRC 2WD Cup, as well as claiming four outright stage wins.
“It is a very big honour to receive this award,” said 30-year-old Consani on receiving the accolade. “It is especially significant this weekend because yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of Colin’s death. He was a very respected figure in the rallying world and I feel privileged to receive this award in his honour.”
He continued: “I would also like to remember some great rally drivers who unfortunately cannot be with us today. First is my friend Philippe Bugalski who is no longer with us. Secondly, I would like to also dedicate this award to Craig [Breen] and Gareth [Roberts]. Gareth was sadly killed in an accident earlier in the year but we have very fond memories of our times with him in the IRC.”
Consani was chosen as the winner by the three-person judging panel consisting of Eurosport Event’s Gilbert Roy, IRC Manager Jean-Pierre Nicolas and Colin’s father Jimmy McRae.