On the roads of the Rally Monza WRC, Andrea Mabellini and Virginia Lenzi, on Skoda Fabia Evo Rally2, win the 35th edition of the Rally Prealpi Orobiche.
The race, which began on Saturday 24th with the double test of the San Fermo Hills, showed Mabellini able to win right from the start and that he prevailed on both passes, initially on Marco Silva (VW Polo) and then on Marco Colombi (Skoda Fabia).
Today we raced on the Selvino test and then on the Valserina where Colombi-Rivoir attacked and after the Nembro-Selvino they passed to the command of the absolute, an advantage that did not last long because on the next test (won by the Skoda of Bondioni) Andrea and Virginia have returned to command. With two races to go, their advantage over Colombi was 3 ″ 9 with third overall Ghelfi-Marchioni (Skoda Fabia) at 23 ″.
The race is decided in Selvino where Ilario Bondioni wins again but Andrea Mabellini brings the advantage over Marco Colombi to 6 ″, an advantage that cannot be bridged.
Colombi-Rivoir win the last timed stretch and seal the second place overall at 4 ″ 1 from the deserved winners Mabellini-Lenzi. Loris Ghelfi resists on the podium in third place at 44 ″ 1 from Mabellini.
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A performance of certain depth by both crews distinguished the 68th Rallye Sanremo of M33 which in a tough, difficult race, sometimes unpredictable, managed to place another podium with the third place of Fabio Andolfi and Stefano Savoia and a important milestone reached by rookies in R5 Andrea Mazzocchi and Silvia Gallotti, both on Skoda Fabia R5, raising the flag of the ACI Team Italia project.
Andolfi, who despite being from Liguria did not have an important baggage of experience behind him in this race, immediately seemed in great shape. After the opening Power Stage where the worsening weather conditions advised all the riders to take a cautious approach, the Savonaese started the long day on Sunday with a knife between his teeth, distinguishing himself in the first test lap with the sound affirmation on the SS2 and the excellent times of SS3 and SS4 that saw him finish the first part of the race in the lead. In the second step, thanks to the rain and obviously the change in the conditions of the fund, Andolfi drove with experience and achieved a third place at the Sanremo finish that allows him to leave the Ligurian Riviera as second in the standings with 24 points.
“I’m happy – said Andolfi – this morning we started strong, the first lap went well, then honestly I struggled a bit, especially in the second lap on” Vignai “which was a bit dirty, but I’m starting to get to know the Michelins always better and the whole team is a guarantee. We did a good job, the tests of the Rallye Sanremo proved to be wonderful, it is the school of Italian rally on asphalt. Difficult, technical, the weather always ready to get involved. We have important data to analyze to better prepare for the Targa Florio ”.
For its part, Andrea Mazzocchi’s performance was excellent, as he had to face a radically different race compared to Ciocco in a particularly challenging technical context. Thanks to a growing approach and a correct interpretation of the race choices, the rider from Piacenza finished in eighteenth position, improving hispace test after test.
“Sanremo did not contradict itself as usual – commented Mazzocchi – it was a very demanding race, albeit short. Our apprenticeship continues, we are happy with the improvement we have had compared to the Thick. The first two laps we opted for a conservative solution, given the very uncertain weather, while on the last lap we used the mold and the feedback was there. As always, thanks to ACI Sport, Pirelli and the whole team: we are working well, I’m sure the results will come ”.
M33 will now be back in competition from 6 to 8 May for the 105th Targa Florio, in Sicily.
The second commitment of M33 in the 2020 Italian Rally Championship is upon us: next weekend the highly anticipated 68th Rallye Sanremo will start which will bring the tricolor challenge back to the narrow and technical special stages of the Ligurian Riviera in what, only in terms of numbers. promises to be an unprecedented challenge with 48 Rally2 class cars.
Andrea Mazzocchi and Fabio Andolfi will obviously be among the special observers in this challenge theater with an international flavor both for being the standard bearers of the ACI Team Italia project among the crews entered in the most performing category, and in light of the excellent debut at the Rally il Ciocco and Valle del Serchio which saw Andolfi on the podium and Mazzocchi brilliantly at the finish line of his debut race in Rally2.
“For this Rallye Sanremo we are definitely energized – commented Andolfi – the pre-race tests went very well, we have finalized the tuning of the car and we can’t wait to get started. Even if we are close to my home it will be difficult, I don’t know the tests because I played it many years ago in 2014, but we will do our best to do well. ” The Savonaese, who will start with number # 3 on the Michelin-wheeled Skoda Fabia Rally2 sailed by Stefano Savoia, finished third among the CIR members in the inaugural round and is therefore aiming for an important result in an attempt to collect more points for the classification.
For his part, not even Andrea Mazzocchi hides his enthusiasm, who sailed by Silvia Gallotti on the Skoda Fabia R5 # 10 with Pirelli tires will make his fifth appearance in the riparian race: “Great Sanremo race, we have always liked it! I don’t want to repeat myself but the goal is to increase the feeling with the car, hoping that the weather conditions are good in order to have a stable reference and bring home a good result net of the almost fifty starters in Rally2”.
The rally, the only one of the season, will be held on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday departure at 4.15 pm from the Old Sanremo Station in the direction of Bajardo where from 5.00 pm on the famous hairpin bends downhill from the Ligurian village there will be the special stage show broadcast live on ACI Sport TV (CH 228 SKY) and on the channels social media of the championship and ACI Sport. Sunday’s real stage, with three tests to be repeated twice: “San Bartolomeo” of 11.97 kilometers, the inevitable “Colle d’Oggia” with 7.89 kilometers and “Vignai” of 14.23 kilometers. The third passage will instead be developed on a single long special stage, the “Cesio-Carpasio” of 20.75 kilometers which will join the previous “San Bartolomeo” and “Colle d’Oggia” in a single stretch.
As with the Rally del Ciocco, the television and streaming coverage will be impressive and will allow you to follow all the action of the event in full live. In addition to the almost non-stop live shows on the Facebook page of the championship (www.facebook.com/CIRally), on ACI Sport TV (CH 228 SKY) and on Primocanale Motori (CH 10 of the DTT and 515 SKY) there will also be links of RAI Sport (CH 58 DTT) and obviously the in-depth information on other broadcasters such as Sportitalia (CH 60 DTT). Coverage also ensured by all national sector magazines, sports newspapers such as Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport, local Ligurian newspapers and much more.
M33 tests continue in view of the seasonal debut in the Italian Rally Sparco 2021 Championship which will open its doors next weekend with the 44th Rally delCiocco and Valle del Serchio, in Garfagnana.
The structure based in Rome, which takes care of the programs of the ACI Team Italia crews in the Italian top flight on the competition fields, was once again engaged today on the Piedmont hills of Domodossola, in the municipality of Craveggia, for the second day of testing with Fabio Andolfi and Stefano Savoia. The strong Ligurian driver has begun to perfect the tuning of the Michelin-wheeled Škoda Fabia R5 with which he will compete in an edition of the Italian Rally Championship which on paper promises to be among the most exciting ever.
Andolfi knows the car well, with which he has distinguished himself in the last few seasons in the FIA WRC3 carrying the Italian flag high.
Returning to racing with a complete program in Italy in the series chosen as a prerequisite for preparation on an international scale by many drivers will obviously be an important opportunity for him.
“It was a really positive test session, I’m very happy – he commented. – After the long winter break I first of all wanted to get back behind the wheel and I gotthe right feeling back. I felt very comfortable with the tires and I think we have done a great job in these two days. I can’t wait to be at the start of the Rally del Ciocco and I really thank all the people who have allowed me to have this opportunity “.
The roads of Craveggia have many similarities with the special stages of Il Ciocco that the team is preparing to face. The inaugural round of the championship will start on Friday 12 March from the Tuscan estate where it will be the logistics base until Saturday 13 March in the evening, when the checkered flag will be waved. The competition program will include three special stages to be repeated three times, plus a special stage on Friday evening inside the Ciocco estate, the first Power Stage of the season which will be broadcast entirely live on RAI Sport.
Toksport Team Principal Serkan Duru has spoken in glowing terms about working with three-time world rally winner Andreas Mikkelsen
Serkan Duru is masterminding Mikkelsen’s WRC2 assault aboard one of his Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo.
It’s a programme which started in the finest fashion possible with a comprehensive round one win at last month’s Rallye Monte-Carlo. Duru said that success has given him real confidence moving forward through 2021.
“Andreas is a very straightforward driver,” said Duru. “From the first test, he was really a good guy to work with. He knows what he wants from the car and he’s able to tell us very clearly.
“On the first event, it was really clear to see that he’s very gentle on the car. We had no damage at all, no problems. And his speed is fantastic. From the second stage on Friday, he came back and he said to me: ‘It’s OK. I can manage the speed now.’
Toksport WRT and al-Kuwari and James Fulton close the successful return to the Qatar International Rally in second Position.
An overall consistent rally from the Team and Crew including 3 Stage Wins!