Dacia Nova Cup

1997 season

The Procar Company of Timisoara have succeded in a short time to produce a new competition: Nova Cup for Rally. Having in mind an equal chance competition, Procar started to prepare Dacia Nova cars. Despite difficulties, that period was succesfully overcome, and Nova Cup was launched even since the start of the first rally in the National Championship. The competitors' number increased gradually from 4 up to 11, and the first place have been fought between Daniel Ungur and Gunther Graef. Graef have been more constant and won in Rallye of Romania, finishing 4 times in top 3 places. Although defeated in Brasov and Cluj, Ungur crushed out in Harghita and Pitesti, and had technical problems in Banat and Iasi. However, Daniel Ungur won most of the Special Stages - 34 compared to 25 by Morar.

Final classification
1. Graef
2. Voicu
3. Stanoev
4. Ungur

1998 season

The 1998 winner was Daniel Ungur. From childhood Daniel had a passion for motorsport. In 1992 he spent many weekends at the Cluj karting circuit together with his friends Bogdan Marisca, George Morar and Horatiu Savu. One year later he sold his father's car (a Dacia) and bought a Fiat Abath. In 1994 he started racing as a co-driver with Horatiu Calugar (Renault 5 GT) in the Rally of Brasov, then with Horatiu Savu (Dacia 1100) in the Rallye Coloana Infinitului. In 1995 he bought the Renault 5 GT and achieved fourth place in his class. But, because he had no money to continue he was hired as a mechanic and driver for Titi Aur's support car. In this way, he stayed in contact with rallying and could watch the champion, Titi Aur closely.
One year for the new Dacia Nova Cup, he bought a Nova but lost the race due to a wheel coming off the car. Later in the Race of Champions he beat Puiu Rusu, a driver for Dacia factory Team.
In 1998 he joined the Lipoplast team and became champion. He finished all the rallies, having been placed second and third twice and first on three occasions, his lowest place being fifth.

©Valentin Bradateanu