Last Updated on 15 April 2021 @ 13:48:18
Victories for Gallo, Castoral and Volland
It is a pity that, due to anti-COVID regulations, the public could not be present: they would have really enjoyed a great show, especially in the Kartcross category, today at the Maggiora Offroad Arena for Round 1 of the Italian Rallycross Championship!
STC, Castoral in front, the others chasing
Czech Roman Castoral (Opel Astra OPC) started 2021 as he had finished 2020: by winning both the Q and the final, with a time of 5'11"805 over the six laps.
Excellent second place for Franco "Frenk" F usi in 5'30"385; Fusi was with his Renault Clio one of the most regular drivers throughout the day. Great satisfaction also for Matteo Valazza (Citroen Saxo) who, after a day full of problems, was able to achieve a good third place in 5'38"964.
Super1600, Volland first but competition is strong
He had perhaps the most competitive car and made the most of it: Nils Volland (Audi A1) won in 4'45"493. An excellent debut for Paolo Diana (Alfa Mito) who seemed to be more and more at ease in Rallycross and finished in the final just 3"941 behind the winner.
Silvano Ruga in his Clio achieved a good third place finish (4'57"369) after a spirited race.
Kartcross, Gallo at the last gasp
Repeated twists and turns in the as always most popular category, the Kartcross, characterised as never before by a very high level.
After the Q classification had rewarded a great Marco Berniga (Planet Kart), everything happened in the final. Mauro Vicario had managed to get through a clash unscathed, which had caused Berniga's own retirement, and seemed launched towards an extraordinary success, but was overtaken at the hairpin bend, on the final lap, by Marcello Gallo, who thus took his first victory (4'37"183) at the wheel of the Neuville brothers' Lifelive TN5. The victory does justice to Gallo's ability to manage a situation made complicated by engine power problems that plagued him throughout the day.
Vicario (Speedcar Xtreme) nonetheless managed to secure a fine second place in 4'37"599, followed by a dashing Matteo Grieco who took his GMN to the podium with a time of 4'38"659.
Round 2 on 8/9 May
Round 2 of the Italian Rallycross Championship will represent one of the great novelties of 2021: the Castelletto Circuit in Castelletto di Branduzzo (PV) will make its debut.