Last Updated on 15 June 2021 @ 14:18:32
From tomorrow the autocross cars on track at Pragiarolo
With tomorrow's free practice and time trials the fourth round of the Italian Road Speed Championship will begin at the Maggiora Offroad Arena, with a record number of 91 entrants!
Group 0 (Junior Buggy)
Reigning Italian champion and class leader Valentino Ledda (Ya-Car) will be at the start, who will have to contend with, among others, the Czech Jacub Šafránek (F&S Junior Buggy), Giuseppe Bitti, currently third in the standings with his Ya-Car, and Mario Masala (Ya-Car).
Group 1 (Tourism 2000)
The Italian champion Pier Paolo Caputo (Peugeot 205 Rallye) will try to defend his leadership from the assault of Andrea Tonoli (Fiat Punto), in a stage that will also see Giampiero Pozzobon (Peugeot 205), Swiss Carlo Suter (Peugeot 206 RC) and Armando Tocchio (Citroen Saxo) at the start.
Group 2 (TAX)
There are eleven cars in this category, among them the leader of the standings Giancarlo Amatori (Mitsubishi Mirage), Alessandro Negri (Subaru Impreza), currently second, and Natale Casalboni in his Mitsubishi Lancer, who closes the provisional podium after the first three stages.
Group 3 (Kartcross)
The category with the most drivers entered, a good 40, will see many top drivers at the start, starting with leader Massimo Ruzzante (Camotos) and Italian Speed on Ice Champion Christian Tiramani (Planet Kart Cross K3), who trails him by just one point in the standings. The reigning Italian Champion Simone Firenze (Semog Bravo) will be there, as well as drivers of the calibre of the Giacomotti brothers, Nicolas (Kep Evo 2) and Maicol (Planet Kart Cross K3), Marcello Gallo, current leader of the Tricolour Rallycross, who will race on a Lifelive TN5 together with his team-mate Lukas Schwall (BEL), the Grieco brothers , Nicolò and Matteo, on their GMN Kart Cross, and Gabriele Zoppetti (Speedcar Wonder).
Group 4 (Buggy 1600)
As many as 18, half of which are Italian, drivers are present in this category: for classification leader Alessandro Gizzi (Petersautosport Suzuki) it will be quite a confrontation, not only with the reigning Italian champion Stefano Visentini (Buggy Electra BMW), who follows him in the classification, and with Alessio Gallotta (Alma Speed 08), currently third: the transalpine drivers at the start include, for example, Germany's Markus Wibbeler (Alfa Racing), fourth in the last European Championship held in 2019, Junior Buggy European runner-up Jakub Novotny (Alfa Racing Suzuki) of the Czech Republic, and Germany's Timo Pähler(Alfa Racing Suzuki), sixth in the 2019 European Championship.
Group 5 (Super Buggy)
The Italian champion and current leader Davide Casarin (Ford Hosek) will certainly find top-level opponents in this round, starting with Kaiser Bernd Stubbe (Alfa Racing Volvo), 10 times European champion of which no fewer than nine in a row. Also at the start among others the vice European champion 2019, the Czech Radek Jordak (Alfa Racing Porsche) compatriot Martin Hruby (Alfa Racing Volvo) and the European champion 2019 of Buggy1600, the French Vincent Mercier (F&S Volvo).
A total of 13 Super Buggys will be at the start, seven of them driven by Italian drivers, including Dino Semenzato (Ford Rom Sport 01), currently second in the championship standings.
As already announced, the programme of the event, which will still take place behind closed doors, will be decidedly intense.
On Saturday 22 May at 1.30 p.m. there will be free practice, while from 2.30 p.m. the Chronometric Practice will start, with two sessions of four laps each.
OnSunday 23 May, the start of the first of the three scheduled Heats will be at 8.30 am. Each Heat will be contested over five laps.
At 2.30pm the Semifinals, over 6 laps, will begin, followed by the Finals, over a distance of 7 laps.