- February 15, 1973
- Fia World Rally Championship
Ricardo Trivino is a Mexican rally driver who is an absolute dominant figure in the NACAM Rally Championship since its inauguration in 2008. In ten years of the championship which took place in North America and Central America region, Trivino was a champion eight times.
Outside NACAM, Trivino recorded 47 starts in the FIA World Rally Championship between 2002 and 2017, driving mostly for his private team. His greatest achievement in the WRC were two podiums in the Production WRC category in 2012.
Born in February 1973, Ricardo Trivino started rallying in 2001 with Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI. Next year in March, he made a World Rally Championship debut at Rally Catalunya, with Jorge Bernal as his navigator in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII. They didn't finish a rally. Two months later, Trivino participated in another WRC event, at Rally Argentina, recording one more DNF.
For the rest of the season, Trivino participated in Spanish national rally events without some notable results.
In 2003, Trivino participated full time in the Production WRC category, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII in six events plus one additional WRC event (Rally Catalunya). His best result was the sixth place in PWRC class in Argentina and Germany. He finished ninth in final PWRC classification. Trivino's navigator for most of the season was Jordi Barrabes Costa.
Trivino spent one more season in the PWRC, finishing 19th in the points in 2004. His best result was the seventh place at his home event Rally Mexico. He finished second in N4 class at Rally Catalunya but it wasn't a rally which counted for PWRC points.
In 2005, Trivino made a debut in a World Rally Car. He was driving Peugeot 206 WRC at Rally Mexico, finishing in 12th place. Later in the season, he made two more starts in a Peugeot, at Rally Argentina (18th) and Rally Catalunya (20th). Besides three starts in a Peugeot, he also competed at Acropolis Rally in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII, not finishing a rally.
In 2006, Trivino made just one WRC start, driving a Peugeot 206 WRC at Rally Mexico. He was driving Peugeot 206 WRC in two more WRC events, the 2007 Rally Finland (43rd) and the 2008 Rally Mexico (excluded). In 2008, he was also driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX at Rally Argentina (DNF).
In 2008, the NACAM Rally Championship has been established, sanctioned by FIA and run in North American and Central American countries. The NACAM region features fourteen countries with Mexican and Costa Rican events as the core of the championship.
Ricardo Trivino became the first NACAM champion in 2008 and then defended a title in 2009, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX in both seasons. In 2010, he finished second behind Nicolas Fuchs.
After two years out of WRC, Trivino returned in 2011, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X at Rally Sweden. In 2012, he returned to full-time campaign in the Production WRC category, using three different cars over the season (Subaru Impreza STI, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X and Evo IX).
He was on a podium two times, finishing third at Acropolis Rally and Rally New Zealand. At the end of the season, he was seventh in PWRC points.
In 2012, he also recorded one attempt in a World Rally Car, driving a Ford Fiesta RS WRC at Rally Mexico. He was tenth, taking his maiden championship points in an overall classification. In 2012, Trivino also returned to the top podium spot in the NACAM Rally Championship, winning his third title.
In 2013, Trivino participated in newly established WRC 2 category, which replaced PWRC. He was using again three different cars (Subaru Impreza and two Mitsubishi Lancers), finishing best in the third place at Rally Mexico and ending the season in the eighth place.
In the following years, between 2014 and 2017, Trivino was occasionally returning to WRC, four times at Rally Mexico but also to 2016 Rallye Monte-Carlo and 2016 Rally Catalunya. He was driving Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X three times and Citroen DS3 R5 three times. His most recent WRC attempt was at 2017 Rally Mexico when he finished fourth in RC2 class in a Citroen.
After taking his third NACAM championship trophy in 2012, Trivino collected five more consecutive championship titles between 2013 and 2017. His championship winning car was Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X in four seasons. In 2017, Trivino captured his eighth title in a Citroen DS3 R5.
Outside rallying, Trivino scored his greates success in 2011 when he was the winner of the Carrera Panamericana historc sports car race. He was driving a Studebaker alongside his regular rally navigator Marco Hernandez. After seven days and seven stages, Trivono has won with just 4.5 seconds advantage over American Douglas Mockett.