Klaus Müller and Rolf Pellini confirmed as HERO-ERA Cup Driver’s Champion and Golden Roamer Navigator’s Champion 2023
*After season-long battle, German driver Klaus Müller, and Italian navigator, Rolf Pellini, capture the top HERO-ERA crowns from UK crews
*Crew prevails in dire conditions, proving their respective skills in the worst LeJog weather in the history of the event
Rolf Pellini achieved gold navigating for Thomas Koerner who himself jumped up the final driver ranks to third with his class win and gold medal, but Rolf was in his own battle to try and win HERO-ERA’s Golden Roamer Award for Navigators.
Rolf was behind Sally Woof on points coming into the event and had pressure from Henry Carr who had climbed the leader board during the season, but they ultimately slipped off the road late on LeJog with driver Nicholas Maris in their Datsun.
Rolf Pellini commented; “At certain stages, it might have been nicer to be at home in front of a warm stove! It was extremely difficult, and I was a little speechless having won a gold medal, but then to win the Golden Roamer is so special for a navigator, it means everything!
“There was definitely a release of tension, at the end, I didn’t know whether to go to bed or the bar! I must congratulate the other navigators, especially Sally Woof and Henry Carr. Henry could have won the Roamer if we had slipped up, so there was definitely some pressure!”
Guy Woodcock, Competition Director HERO-ERA, summed up the achievements of both Klaus Mueller and Rolf Pellini:
“From the opening event of 2023, the duo have been consistently racking up the points to achieve the goals they targeted, even a change of driver/navigator on LeJog didn’t impact the outcome and the prizes for both are well deserved.
“Importantly, for the first time, we have a non-UK winning partnership making the HERO-ERA Cup and Golden Roamer Trophy lively European Championships.”