You do not change a successful formula, you just tweak it year after year to improve and refresh the technical and competitive aspects. For the ninth year running, Abarth will be organising a Trophy reserved for Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione and Abarth 595 OT to offer many drivers the opportunity to test their worth on major race tracks in a car that is very spectacular and formative.
Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione is propelled by a powerful 215 HP turbo engine paired with 6-speed sequential transmission, special ride settings and aerodynamic equipment to enhance its performance.
Seven are the races on the calendar: six on Italian tracks and one abroad on the Red Bull Ring in Austria. It will start on April 2 in Misano Adriatico and end on October 22 in Monza. The formula consists of two races for each appointment with the tried and tested Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione and Abarth 595 OT (Omologata Turismo) racing together but with separate rankings.
Each appointment includes 40 minutes of free practice, one practice session and two races: the first starting grid is determined by the times clocked in the practice sessions, the second by inverting the first eight standings achieved in Race 1. There are race prizes in collaboration with Michelin and final prizes for the absolute ranking (30,000 Euro for the winner, 12,000 for the second place, 8,000 for the third place), while a number of activities aimed at promoting the involvement of debuting drivers are being drawn up for Abarth 595 OT.
This championship has taken on an international connotation with the presence of many drivers from across Europe, noticeably from Scandinavia and Spain, in addition to a substantial and combative squad from Turkey, which in 2016 have shown their worth. The average presence of the past editions is approximately 20 cars.
The championship enrolment fees (7,500 Euro for Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione and 5,500 Euro for Abarth 595 OT) include an array of services: paddock setup, spare part service on the race track with presence of technicians for advice and hospitality area with catering dedicated to crews and team. Media visibility will be high, with a dedicated press and TV office in addition to activities on the most popular social media.
With this initiative, Abarth confirms its philosophy of creating racing opportunities for the standard versions of the high performance cars of the brand, which are capable of firing enthusiasm of drivers, on the road and on the race track alike.
Abarth Trophy calendar
2 April Misano
7 May Adria
11 June Red Bull Ring (Austria)
25 June Vallelunga
16 July Mugello
10 September Imola
22 October Monza
Turin, 22 December 2016