European Autocross Championship, a parade of champions!


Last Updated on September 19, 2023 @ 16:34:39

It will truly be a magical weekend for motorsport fans as the ninth round of the European Autocross Championship, scheduled for Sept. 23/24, opens at Maggiora Offroad Arena.

More than 150 drivers have registered, representing 14 nations (13 European plus one Argentine driver) who will be competing in the categories: Super Buggy, Buggy 1600, Junior Buggy, CrossCar and FIA Cross Car Academy Trophy, with the addition of a Support Race, which will involve some 20 drivers in Kart Cross cars and promises further spectacle.

As always, the spectacle will also be on the grandstands, with the heated cheering of spectators from all over Europe who will not want to miss one of the most anticipated events of the entire Championship.

Super Buggy

There will be 28 Super Buggys in the race: obviously the leader of the standings, Czech Petr Nikodém, who with his CM Racing Honda has accumulated 242 points so far, against the 214 of his closest pursuer, Frenchman Vincent Mercier (JVDC Suzuki), will be at the start. Third position for another Frenchman, Robert Theuil (175 points), who with his Alfa Racing Volvo was a great protagonist in his home test at Saint Igny De Vers last weekend.

The patrol of the Italians is nourished, with Davide Casarin, Mattia Doriano Faccincani, Alessandro Gallotta, Alessandro Negri, Davide Negri, Dino Semenzato and Peter Stecca trying to hold high the tricolor banner.

Buggy 1600

It will be the most numerous category, with as many as 41 cars at the start, starting with the leader, once again a Czech driver, JakubNovotný, who has collected 195 points with his Alfa Racing Hayabusa; a good 34 points are ahead of the second, German Markus Wibbeler (Alfa Hayabusa), while in third position with 158 points is Frenchman Thomas Christol (Fast & Speed Hayabusa). The top three in the overall standings will obviously all be at the start of the Maggiora round, as will Italians Samuele Andeliero, Fabio Bellotto, Cristian Grasselli, Giulio Guerra and Claudio Pigato.

Junior Buggy

Still a Czech driver leads the Junior Buggy category, which, will see 16-car competition: he is ArnoštFlorián, Alfa Racing Factory Team Suzuki, with 259 points.

In second place, with 219 points, is Malone Feuillade (FRA) on his Alfa Racing Suzuki 600 GSXR, while third, with 209 points, is Dutchman Nathan Ottink (GRR Suzuki GSXR).

Cross Car

It is one of the most eagerly awaited classes by the Italian public also because of the large number of drivers who will be among the 36 entrants: unfortunately, Simone Firenze and Marcello Gallo 's season did not go as hoped, but the two former Italian Kart Cross champions will be at the start in Maggiora to honor their home round as best they can, as will Omar Modolo, Gabriele Nino, Federico Pini, Francesco Pirocco, Danny Pozzi, Riccardo Vacciaga and Gabriele Zoppetti.

The enthusiasm and desire for redemption of the Italian riders will add further spice to the challenge between the leader in the standings, Frenchman David Meat (Life Live Yamaha MT09), and Spaniard Ivan PiñaChinchilla (Semog Suzuki), separated by 12 points: 116 versus 104.

Cross Car Academy Trophy

There will also be no shortage of the promotional category, with 11 riders at the start, all on Life Live, including 3 Italians: Matteo Bernini (currently fifth in the standings with 72 points), Alexander Karim Mancusi and Marcus Antonio Martinelli.

The leader, Belgium's Emilien Allart, currently in the lead with 97 points, will have to fend off attacks from the first pursuer, Spain's Diego Martin Gonzalez, who, however, is already 20 points behind, and Allart's compatriots Lucien Cartelle and Jordan Genten, both on 76 points.

FIA Volunteers Weekend

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has chosen Maggiora Offroad Arena to host the Italian edition of the FIA VOLUNTEERS WEEKEND, an event through which FIA enhances internationally the role of sports volunteers.

Another important sign of the prestige of the Pragiarolo racetrack, also recognized by the world's most important institution.

The tentative program includes, in addition to the checks on Friday 22.

Saturday 23rd

9:30 Warm Up

11:00 1st Qualifying Practice Session (FIA AX + Support Race)

2:00 p.m. 2nd Qualifying Practice Session

4:30 p.m. HEAT 1 (FIA AX + Support Race)

6:40 p.m. HEAT 2 (Support Race)

Sunday 24

8.30 HEAT 2 (FIA AX)

11 a.m. HEAT 3 (FIA AX + Support Race)

2:15 p.m. SEMI-FINALS (FIA AX + Support Race)

FINALS (KCsr, XCa, XC, JB, B16, SB)

Tickets are already on sale online at the Maggiora Off Road Arena website, both for the entire weekend and for a single day of competition.

The presale will be active until Wednesday, September 20. Then tickets can be purchased on site on race days. For info: www.maggioraoffroadarena.it

It really promises to be an unmissable show at Maggiora Offroad Arena!