Paolo Andreucci is an Italian rally veteran and one of the best Italian rally drivers in recent years. He won the Italian Rally Championship ten times between 2001 and 2017.
Since 2001, his navigator is Anna Andreussi, who became his wife in a meantime. They form one of the most popular pairs in the European rallying, widely known as UcciUssi.
World Rally Championship debut in 1989
Born in April 1965, Paolo Andreucci started his rally career in the later 1980s. He competed in a Renault 5 Turbo and Fiat Uno Turbo before switching to Lancia Delta Integrale in 1989.
Driving a Lancia Delta Integrale N4 car, he made a WRC debut at Rally de Portugal in March 1989, finishing 8th overall and second in Production class. A couple of months later, Andreucci retired in his second attempt at Acropolis Rally. His navigator in both events was Carlo Cassina.
Variety of rally cars during the 1990s
During the 1990s, Andreucci was driving a variety of cars in national rally events, but also participating in the Italian rounds of the European Rally Championship or World Rally Championship.
He contested in a Lancia Delta Integrale, Peugeot 309 GTI, Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, Peugeot 106 XSI, Renault Clio Williams, Peugeot 306 S16, Renault Clio Maxi, Renault Megane Maxi, Ford Escort RS Cosworth, Subaru Impreza WRX and Subaru Impreza S4 WRC.
Regular entrant at Rallye Sanremo WRC event
Andreucci recorded his next WRC start at 1993 Rallye Sanremo, retiring in a Peugeot 106 XSI. Next year, at Rallye Sanremo, he drove Renault Clio Williams to 13th place overall and second in 2-Litre WRC competition.
In 1995, Rallye Sanremo was a part of the 2-Litre WRC competition and Andreucci finished tenth in a Peugeot 306 S16. In 1996, he finished 12th at Sanremo in a Renault Megane Maxi. Driving a same car, he retired a year later and again in 1998.
ERC front-runner in a Subaru Impreza WRC
A Subaru Impreza S4 WRC was Andreucci's first World Rally Car. He was using it in 1999 both in the Italian and European Rally Championship. Scoring four wins over the season, he finished in the third place both in the national and European championship.
In 2000, he raced in a Subaru Impreza S5 WRC. He was a rally winner three times in the Italian championship but he lost the championship title to Piero Longhi. In the ERC classification, Andreucci was third again. In two seasons with Subaru, Andreucci recorded two DNFs at Rallye Sanremo as WRC round.
2001 - first year with Anna and first championship title
In 2001, Andreucci spent a part of the season with his old navigator Alessandro Giusti and another part with his new navigator Anna Andreussi.
His race car was a Ford Focus RS WRC. He won two rallies and captured his first national rally title. In the European Rally Championship standings, he was fourth. Andreucci competed also at Rally Sanremo, a part of the World Rally Championship, retiring after an accident.
Anna as a full-time navigator since 2002, first joint title in 2003
In 2002, Anna Andreussi became Paolo's full-time co-driver, navigating him in all but one rally event that year. They competed in a Fiat Punto S1600, scoring no wins and finishing second in the Italian championship. A pair Andreucci – Andreussi stayed in a Fiat Punto S1600 in 2003, winning their first championship title together after they triumphed in three rounds.
They stayed in a Fiat Punto S1600 for two more seasons. In 2004, Paolo and Anna finished third in the Italian championship. They were 10th in the Italian WRC round at Rallye Sanremo. In 2005, Paolo finished just fifth in the points, not scoring either one win.
Third championship title in a Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000
In 2006, Paolo and Anna switched to Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000, won seven times and dominantly took the Italian Rally Championship title. A victory at Rallye Sanremo put them to the second place in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
Two seasons without championship titles followed in 2007 and 2008. Andreucci was driving Ralliart Italia's Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX in that period, finishing third in points in 2007 and second in points in 2008.
Four championship titles in a row in a Peugeot 207 S2000
The most successful period in Andreucci's career started in 2009 when he switched to Peugeot 207 S2000, driving it for Racing Lions team. He and Anna captured four consecutive championship titles with that car.
In 2009, they won three rallies. In 2010, they won four times, including a victory at Rallye Sanremo as IRC round. In 2011, they dominated in the championship with seven victories. One more dominant season followed in 2012 with five wins.
In 2013, Andreucci was combining two Peugeots in two different classes - four-wheel-drive Peugeot 207 S2000 and two-wheel-drive Peugeot 208 R2. Despite that handicap, he managed to finish the season in the second place.
Three more championship titles in a Peugeot 208 T16
A new Peugeot 208 T16 came to Paolo's garage in 2014 and he continued his victorious streak, taking his 8th championship title. He and Anna won in four rallies. In 2015, they confirmed a domination with four rally wins and one more championship title in a Peugeot 208 T16. They also competed in the Italian WRC round at Sardinia, finishing 8th overall and second in WRC2 class.
In 2016, Andreucci has won four rallies but he lost a championship title to Giandomenico Basso by just two points. In 2017, a duo 'UcciUssi' was back on the top, winning their ninth title together and Paolo's tenth championship title.