You ask the questions, America’s WRC3 stars answer

Sean Johnston and Alex Kihurani will be responding to DirtFish readers' questions next week


Sean Johnston and Alex Kihurani are the rising stars of US rallying, and the 2020 season is the pair’s debut in four-wheel-drive machinery, campaigning a Citroën C3 R5 in WRC3.

Johnston is a rallying convert, having started his career racing sportscars after getting his break into motorsport through the sim racing world and the GT Academy.

Making his debut in 2018, Johnston’s rise has been supreme from an Opel Adam Cup pilot in Germany to the Junior WRC and ERC3 last year, and now WRC3 for 2020.

Kihurani meanwhile has been around rallying for longer, co-driving drivers such as Dave Mirra, Joseph Burke and Chris Duplessis in the US as well as a host of young talent on the European stage before forging a formidable partnership with Johnston.

What’s for sure is the pair have already experienced their fair share of highs and lows, and now’s your time to tap into that.

Maybe you want to know what the crew’s long-term goals are, what their favorite rallies have been, or how Johnston keeps his moustache in such good shape? Perhaps you’re more interested in Kihurani’s most annoying habit, or what their most effective rally meal is?

No matter what your question is, DirtFish is giving you the chance to answer. We will be speaking to the rising stars on Monday October 12 – just after Rally Italy Sardinia – so you have until Sunday October 11 at 2200 CET to get your questions in.

Sean Johnston

Photo: Mahmut Cinci / Red Bull Content Pool

Head over to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and post your question in the thread below the post which carries this article, and our very own Colin Clark might just put it to America’s top rallying crew.

For Johnston and Kihurani of course, they’ve a rally to get through before they face the wrath of the DirtFish readers. And after a fiery exit to Rally Turkey, it’s important they get their season back on track.

“We’re stoked to be heading out to Rally Italy as it’ll be the first WRC event that we’ll get to do for a second time,” Johnston says.

“Every WRC event we’ve done up until this point has been experienced starting with a completely blank sheet of paper, with no experience on the stages at all. Already from watching onboards this past week, bits of the stages are starting to feel familiar, and that’s a good feeling to have going into the rally.

“We’ll still be making all new notes for the event as our pacenotes have evolved dramatically in the year since we were there last, but it’ll be nice to already have an idea of where the road goes, and what the spirit of the stage is like.

“I’m also excited to have my coach Eric Camilli returning to competitive action with Saintéloc Racing, so Alex and I will have a solid team-mate as a benchmark with which to compare our performance and data throughout the week. We can’t wait to get the work started!”

Kihurani is similarly excited about competing in Sardinia again and for the Q&A. He adds: “It gives me an excuse to stay in sunny Sardinia for an extra day, ramble on about my career and publicly vent about Sean’s bad habits! That is if he doesn’t get to me first…”