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Cristiana. Rally driver. Automotive journalist. #carstories

In 2015 I switched architecture for the automotive industry, knowing this is how I can make the world a better place. I am now the most active female racing driver in Romania and I use sport as a powerful and relevant communication vector. Motorsport became a lifestyle and I embraced the mission of dismantling the “woman stereotype”, in motorsport and in society. My racing stories, the fun and authentic car reviews and the feminine, empowering daily stories turned Emoticar in an unique online space. Together with Diana Hațegan, my codriver, we became in 2018 the first Romanian ladies crew in the last 50 years to compete in a foreign rally (at Rally Sliven in Bulgaria), and in 2019 we wrote another page in motorsport history by becoming the first ladies crew to represent Romania in the prestigious European Rally Championship FIA ERC, at Rally di Roma Capitale. Because I hope my story will encourage other people to be brave and follow their dreams, while also driving responsibly, in 2020 I plan to continue my motorsport journey together with new partners in the national and European rally championships. As a PR and motorsport promoter I am also developing other relevant projects such as the Dacia Cup series and Femei în Motorsport platform (the Romanian Women in Motorsport initiative).

About Cristiana Oprea and the beginning of #carstories…

You are probably wondering why a 23 year old girl launched, in 2015, the only automotive blog from Romania written from the perspective of an architect-rookie rally driver.

I love driving my car. Truth is I completed driving school 3 times. Yep, since 15 years old, the most coveted moments of each summer were the driving lessons. This is how I got to know and drive probably over 20 cars until I was 18, realizing how much the experience of driving changes from one vehicle to another.

The relationship you have with your car is one of the most serious and personal relationships in your life. 

You just have to find the perfect pair of wheels.

The two faculties I’ve graduated at the “Ion Mincu” University in Bucharest, Urban Planning and Architecture, taught me how important design is and how much it influences human behaviour. This is why I started looking at cars from a different angle.

Through writing and photography I want to reflect the automotive personality, that je ne sais quoi which makes them become more than just an engine inside a metal body. Why is this important? Because at the wheel I realized a car is not just an object – it’s a key character of our lives who influences our behaviour, our gestures, our mood and it has a significant impact upon the world we live in.

To my joy, cars get along great with travel. However long or short a road trip may be, I am recharging myself with that feeling of freedom and adventure I have when I discover new places and stories. 

Rallies – from passion to career

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Between cars, design and travelling I’ve discovered the beauty of motorsports. In 2015 I moved on from being a spectator to actually being in a race car, first as a codriver and soon after as a driver. I’ve built my own race car, a Dacia Sandero 0.9 TCe, and started writing in my Rally Journal about the challenges I had since my debut event.

By turning motorsport in a lifestyle, my mission is to empower women, in motorsport and beyond, but also to encourage drivers to only express their passion for speed in controlled and legal environments. I promote rallies as a sport-fuelled leadership source and also as an instrument for improving road safety, in a dire context where Romanian is the second ranked country in the EU when it comes to road victims.

Since 2015 I am the PR of DACIA Cup, one of the oldest mono brand competitions in European rallying and the main access for rookies in the Romanian National Rally Championship. When I am not in race car or at a test drive, I work with NUCA on graphic design and communication projects, including for clients in the motorsport and automotive industry.

I am a big believer in a world of equal opportunities for men and women, so in 2019 I founded Femei in Motorsport – a platform dedicated to promoting all women involved in Romanian motorsports, which follows the development directions outlined by the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission.

At Rally Sliven 2018, me and my codriver Diana Hațegan marked an important milestone for women in Romanian motorsports: we became the first Romanian ladies crew in 50 years to compete in a foreign rally.

After 2 full seasons in the National Rally Championship, 2017 and 2018, I became the most active female rally driver in the last few years in Romania. The 5th place overall at the end of DACIA Cup 2018 gave me confidence that I will continue to constantly evolve in 2019, when I was planning to take a few steps forward towards motorsport performance. I started the 2019 season with a second place overall in DACIA Cup at Argeș Rally, thus becoming the first female driver to ever step on the overall podium in all of the 13th years of the mono brand competition’s history.

In 2019 me and my codriver Diana Hațegan wrote another page in motorsport history by becoming the first ladies crew who represented Romania in the prestigious European Rally Championship FIA ERC, at Rally di Roma Capitale, where we won the most points in the ERC Ladies Trophy standings at our debut.

I believe that, in a “man’s world” full of automotive enthusiasts, Emoticar gives women courage to follow their dreams and to share their automotive experiences.

*Still, the story I love most about myself is “Mașinile nu au gen” written by Andreea Giuclea in DoR magazine #34. I invite you to read it, as she surprised some details I could not see in the last few years because I was always wearing the race helmet.

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Racing Spirit – portret în revista Herwatch | 17 May 2021


Vorbește Lumea, ProTV – Cele mai întâlnite greșeli în trafic | 11 May 2021


First page of News Național | 7 May 2021


AutoBild #4 Primul start în noua configurație | 6 May 2021


Un nou capitol în raliuri pentru pilotul Cristiana Oprea | 6 May 2021


Cristiana Oprea a revenit la Dimineața Blană să ne povestească experiența OPEN GIFT – ProFM | 29 April 2021

Press releases

În 2021, PROFM devine copilotul Cristianei Oprea pe toate drumurile ei pline de adrenalină | 23 April 2021


UniCredit Leasing anunță al cincilea său sezon în motorsportul românesc, cu o echipă extinsă | 16 April 2021


Jury at ȘTIU on Aleph news | 5 April 2021


Cristiana at “Dimineți cu Georgia” la Metropola TV | 22 March 2021


Cristiana Oprea at “Femei în Focus” – matinal PrimaTV | 10 March 2021


Cristiana Oprea at Focus PrimaTV News | 10 March 2021


“Trăiește în viteză” Știrile ProTV Sport | 7 March 2021


Cristiana Oprea at Sport Arena – Metropola TV | 3 March 2021


AutoBild #1 Noua mașină vine cu ambiții europene | 11 February 2021


[ENG] interview FIA ERC – Cristiana Oprea gets set for 2021 ERC comeback | 10 February 2021


Interview | 22 January 2021


Live Atac Târziu Racing Update S02 E08 | 19 January 2021


Interview RallyMax “Peugeot 208 R2 – a new chapter” | 8 January 2021


AutoBild #22 Confirmări și pregătiri pentru sezonul 2021 | 26 November 2020