Races and competitionsGiuseppe Testa - Rally Il Ciocco e Valle del Serchio 2015

There are great expectations around the third round of the Italian Rally Championship, the first on a gravel surface

Rally Adriatico – third stage of the Italian Rally Championship and opening event of the Gravel Rally Trophy – is starting this weekend. The race is scheduled on 1 and 2 May and will be run on the gravel road of the the Marche region for a total of 11 stages over a distance of 425 km.

After winning Rallye Sanremo last month, defending Italian Champion Paolo Andreucci on Peugeot 208 R5 is the main favourite for victory. His competitors will be his “historical enemies”: Umberto Scandola on Fabia S2000, Giandomenico Basso on Ford Fiesta R5, and current second overall Stefano Albertini on Peugeot 208 R5.

A big fight is expected also in the Junior Italian Championship, as Michele Tassone and Giuseppe Testa are sharing the leading position of the table after a first and a second place each. They will both drive a Peugeot 208 R2 attempting to gain more points for the general standing. Nicolò Merchioro will try to surprise them using his experience on gravel surfaces.

In the Production Championship Ivan Ferrarotti and Fabrizio Andolfi JR on Clio R3T want to take advantage of leader Giacomo Scattolon’s absence in order to get closer to him in the standing. This race is not valid for the Clio R3T “Production” Trophy though, which instead will come back in May at 99° Targa Florio in Sicily.

22nd Rally Adriatico is also the first round of the Gravel Rally Italian Trophy. Two time winner Mauro Trentin (Peugeot 207 S2000) will challenge defending champion Luigi Ricci (Ford Fiesta R5). Also the young outsider Giacomo Costenaro can play the role of protagonist on 207 S2000. The Gravel Rally Trophy will continue with four more rallyes all over Italy: “Rally Italia Sardegna” (14 June – race valid for the WRC), “Rally di San Marino” (12 July), “Rally di Roma Capitale” (20 September) and “Rally Costa Smeralda” (25 October).

The 22nd Rally Adriatico will start on 1 May from Jesi, from where the crews will move to Castreccioni Lake for the official presentation. Two special stages are scheduled on Friday, while on Saturday nine more will be run. The arrival is expected at 18,15 in the main square of the town of Cingoli.

Sources: PRS Group, ACI Sport Italia (photos)

Giuseppe Testa - Rally Il Ciocco e Valle del Serchio 2015

Giuseppe Testa on Peugeot 208 R2

Michele Tassone - Rallye Sanremo 2015

Michele Tassone on Peugeot 208 R2

Mauro Trentin - Rally Italia Sardegna 2014

Mauro Trentin @ Rally Italia Sardegna 2014

Ivan Ferrarotti - Rallye Sanremo 2015

Ivan Ferrarotti on Clio R3T

Fabrizio Andolfi Jr - Rally Il Ciocco e Valle del Serchio 2015

Fabrizio Andolfi Jr on Clio R3T