Valentin Porcișteanu

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Valentin Porcișteanu
Valentin Porcisteanu - Vicecampion National de Raliuri al Romaniei 2012.jpg
Valentin Porcisteanu – IRC Sibiu Rally 2012. Photo: Romeo Tudorache – rallyROM
Nationality Romanian
Born November 25, 1982
Bucharest, Romania
Debut season 2003 (Harghita Rally)
First win: 2009 (Brasov Rally)
Co-driver Dan Dobre (2003–2012)
Championship titles
2011 Romanian National Rally Champion

Valentin Porcișteanu (born November 25, 1982, Bucharest, Romania) is a driver in the Romanian Rally Championship, who won the National Champion title in 2011 and two National Runner titles in 2010 and 2012.

Early career[edit]

Before running in the Romanian National Rallying Championship, Valentin Porcisteanul competed in the Romanian Hill Climb Championship, obtaining two podiums in Abrud Hill Climb 2003 (3rd place, young drivers' classification) and Brasov Hill Climb 2003 (3rd place, Class N1.6).

Romanian National Rally Championship[edit]

2003 – 2007[edit]

Valentin Porcisteanu – Harghita Rally 2003. Photo: Romeo Tudorache – rallyROM
Valentin Porcisteanu – Cluj Rally 2003. Photo: Romeo Tudorache – rallyROM

Valentin Porcisteanu made his debut in the Romanian National Rallying Championship in 2003, his first appearance taking place at Arges Rally, as vorleiter. In his very first year he scored two class podiums in N1.6 Trophy, at the Harghita Rally and Cluj Rally, announcing himself as a strong candidate for the future seasons. Following the 2004 season in which he competed with a Dacia Nova GTI, within Class N1.6, finishing 4th at Brasov Rally, 3rd at Romania Rally and 4th at Harghita Rally, in 2005 he drove a Citroen Saxo VTS, his best event results being Class N1.6 victories at the Maramures Rally and Bucharest Rally. His positive development continued in 2006, when he scored two more Class N1.6 victories at the Sibiu Rally and Tara Barsei Rally. One year later, in 2007, he scored 7 wins in the row, at end of the season being 1st in the general classification of Class N2.

2008 – 2012[edit]

Valentin Porcisteanu – IRC Sibiu Rally 2012. Photo: Romeo Tudorache – rallyROM

In 2008 Valentin Porcisteanu stepped into the top class of the Romanian National Rallying Championship, competing with a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII and finishing 7th in the Overall ranking and 4th in the Mitsubishi Lancer Cup. Porcisteanu started the 2009 season in the best possible way, with a win in Brasov Rally, followed by other outstanding results: two 2nd places in the Tara Barsei Rally and Banat Rally and two 3rd places in Cluj Rally and Arges Rally, securing a 4th place overall in the drivers' national championship. In 2010 he scored a win in Tara Barsei Rally and three second places at Brasov, Sibiu, Arad, finishing second in the Romanian National Rally Championship Ranking. 2011 is the year of the greatest success of his career – he scored wins in Brasov Rally, Cluj Rally, Arad Rally and Tara Barsei Rally, and ended up the season as the youngest ever Champion in the Romanian National Rally Championship history.In the 2012 season he won a second National Runner-up Title, after two victories in TESS Rally and Timis Rally and two podium finishes – 3rd in Transylvania Rally and again 3rd in Sibiu Rally (Intercontinental Rally Challenge).

European Rally Championship[edit]

In 2009 Valentin Porcisteanu participated in two European Rally Championship events, finishing 17th in the Rally Mille Miglia and on the 6th position in Croatia Delta Rally. In the same year he qualified and represented Romania at the final Pirelli Star Driver, a competition initiate to support young rally drivers, organised by Pirelli and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).

The inclusion of Sibiu Rally in the 2013 European Rally Championship offered Valentin Porcisteanu the chance to participate in another international event along with some prominent personalities of European and World motorsport: Jan Kopecky, Bryan Bouffier, François Delecour, Toshihiro Arai. At the end of the competition he secured the 6th place in the FIA overall ranking, his evolution being also rewarded with the Colin McRae Flat Out Award.

Personal life[edit]

Valentin Porcisteanu lives in Pitesti, Arges County, Romania.

Romanian Rally Championship Titles[edit]

Year Title Car
2011 Romanian National Rally Champion Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX

Romanian Rally Championship results[edit]

2003[edit]

# Rally Codriver Car Result
1 Harghita Rally Dan Dobre Dacia Nova 3rd, Class N1.6
2 Cluj Rally Dan Dobre Dacia Nova 2nd Class N1.6, 4th young drivers

2004[edit]

# Rally Codriver Car Result
1 Brasov Rally Dan Dobre Dacia Nova GTI 4th Class N1.6
2 Romanian Rally Dan Dobre Dacia Nova GTI 3rd Class N1.6
3 Harghita Rally Dan Dobre Dacia Nova GTI 4th Class N1.6

2005[edit]

# Rally Codriver Car Result
1 Brasov Rally Dan Dobre Citroen Saxo VTS 4th Class N1.6
2 Maramures Rally Dan Dobre Citroen Saxo VTS 1st Class N1.6
3 Cluj Rally Dan Dobre Citroen Saxo VTS 2nd Class N1.6
4 Hunedoara Rally Dan Dobre Citroen Saxo VTS 2nd Class N1.6
5 Bucharest Rally Dan Dobre Citroen Saxo VTS 1st Class N1.6
2005 Romanian National Rally Championship 2nd – N1.6 Trophy

2006[edit]

# Rally Codriver Car Result
1 Brasov Rally Dan Dobre Citroen Saxo VTS 3rd Class N1.6
2 Maramures Rally Dan Dobre Citroen Saxo VTS 3rd Class N1.6
3 Sibiu Rally Dan Dobre Citroen Saxo VTS 1st Class N1.6
4 Muscel Rally Dan Dobre Citroen Saxo VTS DNF
5 Tara Barsei Rally Dan Dobre Citroen Saxo VTS 1st Class N1.6
6 Hunedoara Rally Dan Dobre Citroen Saxo VTS 2nd Class N1.6
2006 Romanian National Rally Championship 2nd – N1.6 Trophy

2007[edit]

# Rally Codriver Car Result
1 Brasov Rally Dan Dobre Citroen Saxo VTS 1st Class N2
2 Banat Rally Dan Dobre Citroen Saxo VTS 1st Class N2
3 Hunedoara Rally Dan Dobre Citroen Saxo VTS 1st Class N2
4 Mobil1 Siromex Rally Dan Dobre Citroen Saxo VTS 1st Class N2
5 Mobil1 Cluj Rally Dan Dobre Citroen Saxo VTS 1st Class N2
6 Tara Barsei Rally Dan Dobre Citroen Saxo VTS 1st Class N2
7 Avram Iancu Rally Dan Dobre Citroen Saxo VTS 1st Class N2
2007 Romanian National Rally Championship 1st – Class N2

2008[edit]

# Rally Codriver Car Result
1 Brasov Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII 9th Overall ranking
5th Mitsubishi Lancer Cup
2 Banat Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII 6th Overall ranking
4th Mitsubishi Lancer Cup
3 Cluj Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII 7th Overall ranking
4th Mitsubishi Lancer Cup
4 Tara Barsei Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII 5th Overall ranking
2008 Romanian National Rally Championship 7th Overall ranking
4th Mitsubishi Lancer Cup

2009[edit]

# Rally Codriver Car Result
1 Brasov Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 1st Overall ranking
2 Banat Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 2nd Overall ranking
3 Iasi Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX DNF
4 Cluj Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 3rd Overall ranking
5 Sibiu Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX DNF
6 Tara Barsei Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 2nd Overall ranking
7 Arges Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 3rd Overall ranking
2009 Romanian National Rally Championship 4th Overall ranking

2010[edit]

# Rally Codriver Car Result
1 Brasov Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 2nd Overall ranking
2 Arges Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 5th Overall ranking
3 Targu Mures Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX DNF
4 Cluj Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 7th Overall ranking
5 Sibiu Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 2nd Overall ranking
6 Tara Barsei Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 1st Overall ranking
7 Arad Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 2nd Overall ranking
8 Iasi Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 4th Overall ranking
2010 Romanian National Rally Championship 2nd Overall ranking

2011[edit]

# Rally Codriver Car Result
1 Brasov Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 1st Overall ranking
2 Targu Mures Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 7th Overall ranking
3 Cluj Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 1st Overall ranking
4 Arges Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX Cancelled
5 Sibiu Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX DNF
6 Arad Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 1st Overall ranking
7 Tara Barsei Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 1st Overall ranking
8 Iasi Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 4th Overall ranking
9 Bacau Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 4th Overall ranking
2011 Romanian National Rally Championship National Champion

2012[edit]

# Rally Codriver Car Result
1 TESS Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X R4 1st FIA Overall ranking
2 Timis Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X R4 1st FIA Overall ranking
3 Moldova Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X R4 5th FIA Overall ranking
4 Transilvania Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X R4 3rd FIA Overall ranking
5 Sibiu Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X R4 3rd FIA Overall ranking
6 Arad Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X R4 6th FIA Overall ranking
7 Tara Barsei Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X R4 5th FIA Overall ranking
8 Iasi Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X R4 DNF
2012 Romanian National Rally Championship 2nd Overall ranking

2013[edit]

# Rally Codriver Car Result
1 TESS Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X R4 6th FIA Overall ranking
2 Timis Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X R4 3rd FIA Overall ranking
3 Delta Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X R4 DNS
4 Transilvania Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X R4 4th FIA Overall ranking
5 Sibiu Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X R4 4th FIA Overall ranking
6 Arad Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X R4 3rd FIA Overall ranking

European Rally Championship Results[edit]

2009[edit]

# Rally Codriver Car Result
1 Rally Mille Miglia Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 17th FIA Overall ranking
2 Croatia Delta Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX 6th FIA Overall ranking

2013[edit]

# Rally Codriver Car Result
1 Sibiu Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X R4 6th FIA Overall ranking

Intercontinental Rally Challenge Results[edit]

2012[edit]

# Rally Codriver Car Result
1 Sibiu Rally Dan Dobre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X R4 7th FIA Overall ranking

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