Serena Rapezzi was born in Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, on the 7th January 1974.
Even as a little girl she was attracted by the male lifestyle and therefore she has a typical tomboy attitude. Her passion is engines and speed. Her main interest was the two wheeled kind, but a serious motorcycle accident compelled her to give up her artistic gym activity and subsequently her interest has moved to the car competitions, Formula 1 and racetrack races and rallying.
In 1996 she made her debut as co-driver during the “Alpe della Luna rally”. After this she attended a training course in order to become a course marshal and rally secretary. For several years now she is on the staff of the Mugello international racetrack as course marshal.
In 2000 she successfully completed a co-driver course and in 2001 she finally made her debut as a rally driver and just the year after she obtained her international rally driving licence.
Further experiences: Smart Brabus on track racing, rally on snow and ice, rally on gravel, rallycross, snowscooters, waterscooters.
Serena has been racing with: Peugeot 106 rally, Peugeot 206, Renault Clio Williams, Renault Clio RS, Renault Clio Ragnotti, Mitsubishi Evo III, IV, VI e IX, Smart Brabus, Fiat 500, Volvo 244, Renault R8 Gordini, Ford Lotus Cortina, Porsche 911, Porsche 912, Lancia Fulvia RS , A112, Opel Commodore, Fulvia HF, Mini Cooper, Alfa Romeo Sprint, Uno turbo, Ascona 400, Ascona A 1.9 SR, Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF Fanalone, Fiat 124 Sport Abarth.
Briefly:Nicknames: Superserena (supersere), crazy little horse
Family: in Sweden, Mikael, Isabella, Sebastian and Virus; in Italy, mum and dad
Education: social engineering and cultural mediator + business accountancy and bookeeping.
Spoken languages:Italian, English, Swedish and French.
Rally debut: 1996
Rally licence:Swedish international A; got also karting licence 2018.
Motorclub: Enköping MK.
Interests (outside of rallying): shopping, musicals and Picasso’s exhibitions.
Drinks: prosecco wine.
Music: everything from the ’80s, but I love “The Queen”.
My rally car: Renault Clio Williams 2000
Private cars: Mercedes SLK Carlsson and Range Rover Evoque.
Favourite road surface: asphalt when it rains.
Best result: : Second driver overall in the female Tuscany Championship in 2002 in group N3. Best co-driver of the year in 2002 (ACR). (ladies cup)
Favourite motorbikes: Suzuki Hayabusa and Ducati Monster.
Best rally memory: when I kissed Colin McRae (WRC 2003). And when I met Mikael, of course!
Worst rally memory: I don’t have any bad memories in the rally world! Even each negative experience teaches you something!
Projects/Targets: start co-driving again after 10 years break.
Strongest quality as co-driver: : patient with messy drivers and very resolute and plucky.
Strongest quality as driver: I never give up.
Biggest defect: frankness, I always say what I think.
Best quality: the same, frankness, I always say what I think (I’m not very diplomatic sometimes…). I hate: those people who ill-treat animals and middle courses. I love: freedom. My motto: “memento audere semper” (remember to dare always) In a few words: from iconic to ironic, from class to brass, from so hot to so not, shoemaniac (362 pairs….)!
Yprès Historic Rally: 3° overall e 1° class D4C
Lahti Historic Rally: 1° class; 7° gr.
Rally Campagnolo: bara att glömma!
Rallye du Var: 1° class
Abu Dhabi Classic: 1st Class, 17th overal
Rally Sanremo: 1st class T1151/1300
Rally Vännäs: skoj rally!
SouthSwedish Rally: med den glada fransmannen!
Valne Trofén: skulle kört själv men bilen var lite galen.
Rally dell’Elba – 2nd Class E1; 1st Gr. A2
Rally Prato – 1st Class TC
Rally San Remo – 8th overall; 1st Gr.; 3rd Class
Historic Rally Cefalù/Florio Trophy – 9th overall
Rally Campagnolo – 3rd Gr.
Rally Massarosa - Pietrasanta - 11 the overall, 1st class
18° Circuito Stradale del Mugello - 7th overall - 1st Gr.1
Alpi Orientali - 2nd class C3
Lahti Historical Rally - 2nd class
Rally Prato - 1st gr. G1GT
Lahti Historical Rally - 2nd class 9
Neste Rally - WRC Finland
Offerdalingen - 6°overall
Rally Int. Casentino - 11th class N3
Rally Elba Storico - 1st class T16
Rally 500 Minuti - 9th overall, 2nd class.
Rallysprint Fettunta (as driver) - 2nd Ladies Cup
Rally Firenze/Prato (as driver) - 1st Ladies Cup
Rally Tre Comuni (as driver)
Rally San Remo – 1st class T16
Rally del Monteregio (as driver) – before brake down, 1st Ladies Cup
Trofeo Bettega – 8th overall, 1st class.
Rally Garfagnana (as driver) – 3rd Ladies Cup
Rally del Carnevale – before braking down, 7th class N3
Alpi Orientali – 1st class T16
Rally del Cuoio (as driver) – 2nd Ladies Cup
Rally di Cremona
Rally del Cuoio e delle Pelli (as driver) – 3rd Ladies Cup
Trofeo Maremma –
Rally Città di Sarzana – 7th overall, 2nd gr. N3
Rally Firenze/Prato (as driver) – 2nd Ladies Cup
Rally Costa Romagnola – 1st class N0
Rally del Carnevale
Rally di Pistoia
Rally del Monteregio
Rally del Carnevale
Rally Alpe della Luna med Sandro Mugnai
"Racing is life; Anything before
or after is just waiting."