The fifth round of the Italian Rally Championship is taking place around Monte Titano, as well as San Marino Baja, valid for the Cross Country Rally Championship.
After a one month and a half break, the Italian Rally Championship is back with the San Marino Rally, the fifth of eight total rounds. The race, scheduled from Friday to Sunday, is valid also for the Junior Italian Championship, the Gravel Rally Trophy, the National Trophy and the Cross Country Rally Italian Championship.
All the top drivers are expected to take part in the rally: current leader Paolo Andreucci con la Peugeot 208 R T16 R5, Umberto Scandola at his debut on the new Skoda Fabia R5, French Sebastien Chardonnet on Ford Fiesta R5, and Giandomenico Basso on LPG-powered Ford Fiesta. Amongst the outsiders are Swiss Baccega on Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, Simone Tempestini – on Fiesta R5 – who has just won the Poland Rally in the WRC3 category and host Daniele Ceccoli on Mitsubishi Evo IX R4.
In the Junior Championship, Michele Tassone on Peugeot 208 R2 is the main favourite for the final victory, considering the absence of his big rival Giuseppe Testa. He will have to face Marchioro, Rossi e Bernardi on 208 R2 and Luca Panzani and Corinna Federighi – current leader of the ladies’ standings – on Renault Twingo R2. In the Gravel Rally Trophy the main duel will be between Mauro Trentin on Peugeot 207 S2000 and Luigi Ricci on Fiesta R5.
After scrutineering and reece, the San Marino Rally will officially start on Friday night from Riccione, while on Saturday the actual race will begin on the gravel roads of “Monte Benedetto”, “Rofelle” and “Sant’Agata Feltria” and on the asphalt of San Marino City. On Sunday the two classic stages of “Sestino” will close the total 606 km (120,34 km of special stages) of race.
At the same time the San Marino Baja will be run on the gravel tracks around Monte Titano, adapted for offroad cars. The race – scheduled on Saturday and Sunday – is the second round of the Cross Country Rally Italian Championship.
Source: ACI Sport Italia