Roberto Vescovi behoud voorsprong in Trofeo Abarth 500
Tijdens de 44e Rally del Salento wist Roberto Vescovi zijn voorsprong te behouden tijdens de vierde Trofeo Abarth 500 Rally. Hoewel hij drie van de vier rondes wist te winnen, merkte hij wel dat de concurrentie zwaarder werd:
Roberto Vescovi and Giancarla Guzzi made it three wins out of three rounds of the inaugural Trofeo Abarth 500 Rally, the brand new "grassroots" stage series contested by the low-cost Abarth 500 R3T, on the 44th Rally del Salento at the weekend. However the Emiliano crew found themselves faced with much tougher opposition this time in the shape of Andrea Nucita and Domenico Salvo and were made to fight all the way to the chequered flag for their third straight victory.
The 44th Rally del Salento, which was the third round of the Italian Rally Championship, for the protagonists of the new Scorpion-organised series kicked off with the 4.66 km "superspecial stage" on the "La Conca" kart track and it was Nucita who drew first blood, the youngster going 1.5 seconds clear of another Under-23 category contesting crew, Giacomo Costenaro and Christian Dinale, while a further 3.8 seconds adrift were Giovanni Vergnano and Stefano Perino who thus moved into a provisional third place in the Trofeo positions on this gravel surface event. Vescovi meanwhile suffered a spin on the showcase spectator packed stage and finished 8.5 seconds off Nucita. However Vescovi then halved the deficit to Nucita by going fastest of the seven Abarth 500 R3T runners on SS2 and on the next test he was the quickest of the Trofeo runners again and closed the difference to the leader down to just 0.1 seconds.
On SS4 Vescovi squeezed past his rival and into the lead, and, despite the best efforts of Nucita to keep the fight alive, he was able to clinch the third round of the series by 14.8 seconds, his third straight win, to open up a useful 8 point advantage over Costenaro who claimed the final podium position more than two minutes behind Nucita who in turn clinched second place to hold advantage at the top of the Under-23 and Under-25 categories. Vescovi also finished thirtieth overall on the rally out of fifty-two finishers. Pierluigi Maurino and Cinzia Becchis from Piedmont were fourth, 5 minutes and 36 seconds off Vescovi but more than seven minutes clear of Vergnano who rounded out the top-five and to hold fourth place in the overall championship at this point. The final crew to reach the finish and be classified were Pietro Cinotto and Daniele Michi who safely took the chequered flag despite several off road moments. Lorenzo Bertelli and Luciano Finzi were the only Trofeo crew not too be classified as they retired on SS5, however taking advantage of the Superally rule the pair returned to the fray on SS6 and continued posting times right to the end of the rally.
The next rally set to count towards the inaugural Trofeo 500 Abarth Rally will be the Rally San Martino di Castrozza which is scheduled to take place next month, July 16-17.
44th Rally del Salento, Trofeo Abarth 500 Rally, Final Classification: 1. Vescovi-Guzzi in 1 hour 40’56”1, 2. Nucita-Princiotto + 14”8; 3. Costenaro-Dinale + 2’18”5; 4. Maurino-Becchis + 5’36”2; 5. Vergnano-Perino + 12’50”2; 6. Cinotto-Michi a 15’20”2.
Trofeo Abarth 500 Rally, Championship positions (after 3 rounds) - Overall: 1. Vescovi punti 30; 2. Costenaro 22; 3. Maurino 17; 4. Vergnano 13; 5. Nucita and Cinotto 8; Under 25: 1. Costenaro 28; 2. Cinotto 14; 3. Nucita 10; Under 23: 1. Costenaro 28; 2. Nucita 10.
Alle nieuws die niet in de andere categorieén passen (bv eenmalige races).
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