European Autocross Championship, overwhelming spectacle!


Last Updated on September 25, 2023 @ 10:15:53 am

More than 150 drivers, from 15 nations did battle in the ninth round of the FIA European Autocross Championship, 35th Borgo Agnello Trophy, which just ended in Maggiora Offroad Arena, and was organized as always by Sport Club Maggiora.

Cars from all the categories that are part of the European Championship were at the start: Super Buggy, Buggy 1600, Junior Buggy, CrossCar and FIA Cross Car Academy Trophy, with the addition of a Support Race, which involved some 20 drivers in Kart Cross cars and further increased the spectacle offered to the many spectators present, who came from all over Europe.

The agonism was such that there was no shortage of duels, contacts and flips: it was in the flipping of his Cross Car that Francesco Pirocco was injured: to him go the best wishes for a speedy recovery from the entire staff of Sport Club Maggiora.

Super Buggy

Great race by Robert Theuil (Alfa Racing), winner in the queen category with a time of 5'13"845, on the 7 laps scheduled for the finals on the Maggiora track: the Frenchman, who with this result is now third in the overall standings, preceded Dutchman Mike Bartelen (GRR) and Czech VojtechVaculík (Alfa Racing). Fourth was Petr Nikodém (CM Racing Honda), who, however, is now unreachable for everyone with his 38-point lead over Frenchman Vincent Mercier (JVDC Suzuki), who stopped in the semifinals.

Buggy 1600

German Markus Wibbeler (Alfa Racing) came out on top with a time of 5'34"124: a great performance from him, with his opponents vainly reaching out in pursuit, starting with Luxembourger Kevin Peters (GRR Racing), second, and German Steven Laubach (Peters), third.

With these results Wibbeler and Peters have moved considerably closer to leader Jakub Novotny.

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Junior Buggy

A second place was enough for ArnoštFlorián (Alfa Racing Factory Team Suzuki) to reconfirm himself as European Champion: with 290 points he is in fact unreachable for all rivals. Among other things, the Czech rider was the protagonist of a beautiful battle with Dutchman Nathan Ottink (GRR Suzuki GSXR), who overtook him in the final stages of the race, winning in 5'17"507.

Third place for another Dutchman, Tijs Kovac (Alfa Racing).

Cross Car

An excellent day for Spaniard Ivan PiñaChinchilla (Semog Suzuki), who won the final, remaining in the lead from start to finish in 5'10"917, and took the lead in the overall standings with a 4-point advantage over David Meat (LifeLive TN11): the Frenchman in the semifinals only managed to finish sixth, thus not qualifying for the final, complicit in a puncture.

The final saw a Spanish one-two: second in fact was Miguel Gayoso Vazquez (LifeLive TN5) while third was Frenchman Vincent Priat (Mygale).

Good fifth place for Omar Modolo (Casmat).

Cross Car Academy Trophy

Belgian hat trick in this category whose drivers all run on LifeLive TN 5: Jordan Genten won with a time of 5'43"965, ahead of Emilien Allart and Lucas Cartelle.

Allart remains in the overall lead, just ahead of Genten and Cartelle.

Good fourth place for Matteo Bernini.

Kart Cross Support Race

Nice win for Matteo Altoè (Camotos), who won in 5'25"606, ahead of Alessandro Chiari (GMN Kart Cross) and Maicol Giacomotti (KC).

FIA Volunteers Weekend

Within the framework of the ninth round of the European Autocross Championship, the Italian edition of the FIA Volunteers FIA VOLUNTEERS WEEKEND was also held, an occasion with which FIA enhances internationally the role of volunteers in the sport and which saw great participation and much enthusiasm from the volunteers present on the Pragiarolo circuit.

Also present at Maggiora Offroad Arena were representatives of the International Federation as well as those of ACISPORT, testifying to the importance of the event and how the activities of Sport Club Maggiora are held in high regard by motorsport institutions.