04 May 2018

A weekend of thrills with Abarth

 

The Abarth 124 rally will be competing in three European events, while the Abarth-powered single-seaters return to the circuit for the second competition in the ADAC F4 Championship


  • Four Abarth 124 rally cars on the starting line: 2 crews in the famous Targa Florio in Italy, one in Spain in the Canary Islands Rally, and the fourth in the Transilvania Rally in Romania.
  • On the track, at the Hockenheim circuit in Germany, thirty or so young drivers take part in the second event in the ADAC F4 Championship for Abarth-powered single-seaters

 

Another weekend of excitement with Abarth is in store for Scorpion brand drivers. Italy hosts the Targa Florio, third event in the Italian Rally Championship, Spain sees the Canary Islands Rally, valid for the Spanish Tarmac Rally Championship, the Transilvania Rally takes place in Romania, and in Germany young drivers compete in the second race in the ADAC F4 Championship powered by Abarth.

 

The Targa Florio - now contested in a rally format - is one of the world's most prestigious races and is valid for the Abarth 124 rally Selenia International Challenge, in which it will involve two Bernini Rally team crews, comprising young Italian drivers Cristopher Lucchesi, with navigator Marco Pollicino, and Andrea Modanesi, with Michele Castelli providing the guidance. Lucchesi currently heads the R-GT 2-Wheel Drive category of the Italian Championship, thanks to his two victories in the first two races, the Il Ciocco Rally and the "Sanremo".

 

The Targa Florio Rally starts from Palermo at 5.30 pm on Friday 4 May and concludes at 9 pm on the following day in Cefalù, after the competitors have tackled a course 439 km long, with 16 time-trial special stages totalling 155 km.

 

The Spanish crew of Alberto Monarri (SP) and Rodrigo Sanjuán (SP) from the SMC Junior Motorsport team also enjoyed success in the last event, at the Rally Sierra Morena, and therefore starts in the Canary Islands Rally as favourite in the 2-Wheel Drive and R-GT categories. The race forms part of the Spanish Tarmac Rally Championship - in which the Spanish team is aiming to repeat its category win in 2017- , as well as the European Championship, and comprises two stages, the first on Friday 4 and the second on Saturday 5 May. The route winds across the Spanish Atlantic island and is 602 km long, with 13 special stages totalling 202 km.

 

The fourth Abarth 124 rally car is taking part in the Transilvania Rally in Romania, the second event in the national championship, with Florin Tincescu (ROM) and Alina Pop (ROM), from the Bernini Rally team. Here again, the Abarth 124 rally is the car to beat in the 2-Wheel Drive and R-GT categories, since in the first race in the series, the Brasov Rally, the Romanian crew won both categories, finishing in 9th position overall. The Transilvania Rally starts at 4 pm on Friday 5 May and ends the next day at 6.43 pm, after 15 special stages (158 km of time trials), over a course with total length of 541 km.

 

Abarth also returns to the track, with the second event in the ADAC F4 Championship Powered by Abarth on the Hockenheim circuit. Around thirty very young drivers will line up at the wheel of the high-performing Tatuus single-seaters powered by the Abarth T-Jet engine. At the first event, on the Oschersleben circuit, German driver Lirim Zendeli won two of the three races, and he now heads the rankings ahead of Brazilian Enzo Fittipaldi - grandson of 2-times world champion Emerson.

 

There are three races scheduled: the first at 10.35 am on Saturday 5 May, the second at 3.30 pm on the same day and the third at 10.40 am on Sunday 6 May.

 

Turin, 4 May 2018

 

 

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