Former Slovenian rally champions Tomaž Kaučič and Matjaž Korošak are returning to active rallying for at least one event. At Rally Show Santa Domenica, they will drive a Volkswagen Amarok V8 prepared for endurance rally raids.
This will be a big comeback for former Slovenian rally champions. Tomaž Kaučič was almost for a decade one of the most successful Slovenian rally drivers. He started his career in a Fiat Seicento Cup and he managed to win this series already as a rookie. Two years later he moved to rally. He was twice national rally champion (2007, 2008) and in year 2009 he also made his World Rally Championship debut in Wales. Kaučič was always very fast also on different rallies in Croatia where he drove his Subaru Impreza STI or Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX.
Kaučič is now returning to the rally world for a least one more event. At Rally Show Santa Domenica, he will be joined by a co-driver Matjaž Korošak. They are both journalists for Slovenian edition of car magazine EVO and daily newspaper Večer. Gravel show in Sveta Nedelja and Savršćak will be their opportunity for a rather serious test of a proper rally raid machine Volkswagen Amarok V8. This a prototype for endurance rallies that belongs to Slovenian rally raid enthusiast Darij Novak. He drove this car with an original engine also at famous Dakar rally, but later he changed the engine with a V8 from Audi R8. All the work was done by Darko Peljhan, who is also co-driver for Novak on different Bajas and Rally raids. This year they even managed to get their first World Championship points. They for example successfully finished rally raids in Portugal and the famous Desert Challenge in Dubai.
“We want to have fun and make an interesting test of this car. It is not a real comeback. We have talked about it with Tomaž for several years and now this is a great opportunity to do it at least for this event,” says Korošak, a former team manager for Kaučič. Korošak was also a very successful co-driver in Slovenian rally. As a co-driver of Tomaž Jemc, he was three times national co-driver champion. His last event took place in the beginning of 2003 season.