European Autocross Championship, here we go!

Last Updated on 9 March 2022 @ 22:33:50

Everything is ready in Maggiora for the event on 24/25/26 September

The final touches are being put to Maggiora Offroad Arena to welcome in the best possible way the more than 100 drivers from 15 nations and the traditionally festive crowd that will be present next weekend in the Novara hills.

The Borgoagnello Trophy is particularly eagerly awaited because it will be the only round on the calendar with all categories at the start: Super Buggy, Buggy1600, Touring Autocross, Junior Buggy, Cross Car, Cross Car Academy Trophy.


After last weekend's French round at St. Igny de Vers, the Czech Jakub Kubičec (Hošek/V6 Zomer) is in the lead, with 151 points, and he will obviously be at the Maggiora start, as will Latvian Ervins Grencis (Alfa Racing Volvo), in first position until the French round and now second with 146 points, and Frenchman Florent Tafani (Alfa Racing Superbuggy), winner last Sunday and third with 141 points. It promises to be a battle to the last turn!

Also at the start will be, among others, the Czech Petr Nikodém (Caravan Metropol/CM Buggy) and the French Johnny Feuillade (Alfa Racing/S1000RR), currently in fourth and fifth position in the standings with 124 and 118 points respectively. Representing the Italian colours will be Alessandro Gallotta with his Fast&Speed Honda and Dino Semenzato at the wheel of a Rom Sport/01: in total there will be 20 drivers competing in the premier class.


Luxembourg's Kevin Peters (Fast&Speed Racing/Buggy1600) leads the overall standings with 165 points and will be in Maggiora to put a mortgage on the European title: Dutchman Timo Pähler (Alfa Racing/Buggy1600), currently second on 154 points, will try to thwart his plans.

Eager to get back in the game for the final victory, the Czech Jakub Novotný (Alfa Racing/Hayabusa) and the German Markus Wibbeler (Alfa/Buggy1600), third in the standings with 130 points, will also put up a great fight. There will be 33 Buggy1600s competing, with six Italian drivers: Cristian Grasselli (Grasselli/Grass05), Samuele Andeliero (Peters Autosport/PAS), Claudio Pigato (PAP/Hayabusa), Michele Giliberti (Spitznagel/Opel), Davide Serra (Brik.01/Hayabusa) and Daniele Caronelli (FS Chassis/DS).

Touring Autocross

For this category it is the last race of the championship, the one in which everything is decided: the leader Lukáš Červený (CZE, Skoda Fabia) has 77 points and all the intention of maintaining and if possible increasing his advantage over his pursuers, all with 70 points: the Czech Petr Šimurda (Skoda Fabia 3), the Estonian Andri Õun (Ford Fiesta) and the other Czech driver Pavel Vávra (Mazda RX8). With at least four drivers vying for the final victory, it will be a challenge to be experienced!

Of the nine drivers in the race, four will be Italian: Natale Casalboni (Mitsubishi Colt), Werner Gurschler (Skoda Fabia), Luca De Fortunati (Subaru Impreza) and Luca Cortellazzi (Mitsubishi Lancer).

Junior Buggy

There will be 11 riders competing in this category, starting with the leader, Czech Ondřej Medlík (Fast&Speed, 169 points). His closest pursuer, his compatriot Daniel Pytloun (AR0003/Suzuki), with 158 points, will try to undermine him, while Frenchman Malone Feuillade (Alfa Racing/600GSXR), Johnny's 13-year-old son and currently on 121 points, and Czech Jakub Šafránek (Fast&Speed/Junior Buggy) on 120 points, will also be at the start with the aim of re-entering the title fight in extremis.

Cross Car

There was always a fierce battle in this category, with Frenchman David Meat (Kamikaz K3) leading with 87 points, ahead of Spaniard Ivan Piña Chinchilla (Semog Bravo Sport) with 75 and the other Iberian Juan José Moll (Speed Car SC Wonder 002), with 68 points, who certainly wants to make up for the unfortunate French round.

A total of 22 cars will compete in this category.

Someone who will definitely want to forget the St. Igny de Vers race is Simone Firenze (Semog Bravo FIA/MT09), who was disqualified for a technical irregularity after crossing the finish line first in the final. Maggiora will be the right occasion to make up for it! After his excellent third place in France, Federico Pini (Speedcar Wonder) will also be at the start, and Marcello Gallo (Lifelive TN5/MT09), fourth last Sunday, is also expected to do well. Adriano Fontana (Planet Kart Cross/K3 SC 146), Cristian Tiramani (Planet Kart Cross/K3 SC 146) and Gabriele Zoppetti (Speedcar Wonder) will also want to leave an important mark in their home race.

Cross Car Academy Trophy

Twelve cars (all LifeLive) were at the start, with the leader Gil Membrado, from Spain, in the lead on 67 points, followed by Frenchman Etan Pepujol at 61. More distant are the others: Pol Duran Perez (SPA) is third at 43 points, fourth is the Czech Stanislav Brousek at 39 and fifth the Dutchman Nathan Ottink at 37.

The programme

The programme of the event includes Friday 24 the scrutineering; Saturday 25 at 9.30 a.m. the warm up, at 11.00 a.m. the first qualifying session and at 1.45 p.m. the second; finally at 4.30 p.m. the first Heat. On Sunday 26 September the grand finale with the second Heat at 8.30 am, the third Heat at 11 am, the Semifinals at 2.30 pm and the Finals at 3.45 pm.

Open doors with Green Pass

As mentioned, the public will be able to enjoy the great show offered by the best European drivers of the speciality: to enter the Maggiora Offroad Arena, however, it will be necessary to be equipped with a Green Pass.

The capacity of the racetrack will in any case be limited to 50%, so fans are advised to buy their tickets online to avoid the risk of not being able to access the Maggiora Offroad Arena. The ticket valid for the entire weekend (25/26 September) will cost € 30.00 (€ 20.00 for 13 and 17 year olds); the ticket for Saturday only costs € 15.00 (€ 10.00 for 13 and 17 year olds), while the ticket for Sunday only costs € 25.00 (€ 15.00 for 13 and 17 year olds)

All information on purchasing tickets and how to access the Maggiora Offroad Arena can be found here.