Crazy Leo Confirms Carl Williamson as Co-Driver for 2012

"Crazy" Leo Urlichich has announced that former World Rally Championship co-driver Carl Williamson will be teaming with him for the upcoming Canadian Rally Championship season.

Williamson formerly acted as the note-caller for current Ford World Rally Team driver Jari-Matti Latvala when the Finn contested the 2003 British Rally Championship, along with select rounds of the WRC. A major injury kept him out for the majority of that season, but he returned to partner with Latvala the following year in the German round of the World Championship.

The latest announcement from Leo comes after a wildly successful year with Irishman Martin Brady in the right seat, which saw him claim his first-ever CRC victory at the season ending Rally of the Tall Pines.

Yet, despite his achievements, Urlichich claimed to be less than thrilled with the way his season ended, writing on his personal blog "The consistency was there, but the speed wasn't. Yes, we had led rallies briefly and had some good battles...hell, we even won one of the most prestigious rallies on the continent, and finished second in the National championship, but we were never there on pace."

The fan favourite blamed a new pace note system, which he and Brady introduced toward the end of the 2011 season, for the lack of consistent speed. But he never came close to blaming Brady, instead praising the Irishman for, in his words "being the force I needed, to stay on the road."

However, instead of riding shotgun with Urlichich next season, Brady will be partnering with former Chinese Rally Champion Tingwu Song, as he attempts his first season in the Rally America championship in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.

And so for the third straight year, Crazy Leo will have a new partner in the cockpit of "The Beast". In both 2010 and 2011, Martin Headland began the year with the Can-Jam Motorsports team, before Brady joined the team for the majority of last season's events. And now, one of Europe's best co-drivers will take his place for 2012 in what has historically been one of the wildest rides in North American rallying.

Despite having a new crewmember calling the notes these past two years, Leo has shown constant improvement as a rally driver. So it would make sense to expect him to build even further off his successes in 2011 and challenge for even more podiums and victories, regardless of who calls his notes.

Watch Leo and Carl announce their partnership below: