The grand finale of the Italian Rallycross Championship

Last Updated on November 5, 2023 @ 20:10:22

The Italian Rallycross Championship concluded with two spectacular rounds at Maggiora Offroad Arena, held yesterday and today.

Round 7

Yesterday, Saturday, Nov. 4, the riders raced on the Reverse conformation track, on a day that began with no precipitation and ended with rain that further engaged the riders already grappling with the difficult Novara track.


Two are celebrating: they are Gigi Galli, winner of the day after a four-year absence, and Marco Noris, who won the championship for the second time after his success in 2018.

Galli, at the wheel of his Kia Rio, won with a time of 4'19"697, ahead of Werner Gurschler of South Tyrol (Ford Fiesta) and Italy's own newly crowned champion Marco Noris (Mitsubishi Lancer).


The duel continued: throughout the day Jenni Sonzogni and Gianmarco Donetto battled each other: in the final, in the rain the young driver from Lombardy once again won it, imposing herself in 4'42"213, at the wheel of her Skoda Fabia, and preceding by just over a second the Piedmontese Donetto, also on Skoda Fabia. Third place overall went to Fabio Mezzatesta in a Hyundai i20.

Super Touring Car

He was the favorite and once again he did not disappoint expectations: the Czech Roman Castoral in his Opel Astra OTC won the STC min 2000 by running the final six laps in 4'00"178, ahead of a still positive Marco Nicolini (Peugeot 205) and Dutchman Jo Van De Ven (VW Polo).

In the Qs, Daniele Catena (Fiat 500), the only representative of the Sport RX category, also raced along with the cars in this category.

There was also a good battle in the STC plus 2000, a category whose final ended with Alberto Palestrini (Renault Super 5) winning in 5'36"385 ahead of Lucas Scabbia (Peugeot 207) and Gianni Saddi (Citroen DS3).

This penultimate Round turned out to be decisive for the awarding of the tricolor title in the STC min 1600 category: in fact, Valentino Ledda became champion with his umpteenth victory at the wheel of his trusty Peugeot 208. 4'53"551 was the time of the Sardinian Under 18, who preceded Marco Valsesia (Citroen Saxo) and Matteo Valazza (Peugeot 206), blocked by a technical glitch in the final.


Brilliant victory for the experienced Mauro Vicario who with his Speedcar Xtreme proved perfectly at ease on the Novara track in Reverse conformation, going on to win in 4'27"911. Another podium finish for Nicolò Grieco (GMN), second ahead of Under18 Marcus Martinelli (GMN). Also worth mentioning is the leader of the overall standings Riccardo Canzian (Speedcar Xtreme): he had made an excellent start but got involved in the initial tussle, spinning and restarting in last position. With a great comeback, the Lombard driver managed to gain a fourth place that is very useful for scoring purposes.

Round 8

Unlike yesterday, today a splendid sunshine illuminated Maggiora Offroad Arena: the track, after the night's incessant rain, gradually dried out, allowing the riders to push hard and give the audience increasingly exciting performances.


He wanted to have fun, and he succeeded: Gigi Galli won by really putting on a great show and showing how his crystal-clear class is intact: 4'35"511 was his time in the final (again over six laps of the Novara track), won ahead of Werner Gurschler and Michele Andolina.iano


Today history was made: for the first time in the history of the Championship a woman was crowned Italian Rallycross Champion! this is Jenni Sonzogni (Skoda Fabia) who also in the final Round proved to be a driver of absolute value, winning race and title.

4'46"051 was the final time of the 21-year-old from Lombardy, who preceded Gianmarco Donetto: with his Skoda Fabia, the Piedmontese tried until the last lap to overtake Sonzogni without succeeding. Excellent third place, in his third championship race, for Rosario Montalbano, also in a Skoda Fabia.

Super Touring Car

The fans present will not forget the extraordinary performance of Roman Castoral, who was able to win the race (5'18"186 was his time) and the title by completing about three laps on three wheels, having lost the right rear wheel of his Opel OPC due to a breakdown. Attempts by a nevertheless very good Marco Nicolini, who finished second ahead of Dutchman Jo Van De Ven, were to no avail.

Valentino Ledda 's victory will also remain in the annals: he is the first Under 18 to win an Italian RX Championship with his Peugeot 208 category STC min 1600, in addition to also winning the ACI U18 Trophy. Paradoxically, however, on the very day of celebration, the young Sardinian was overtaken by a particularly on the ball Matteo Valazza in his Peugeot 206, and winner in 5'05"756. Third place went to Daniele Delfino in a Citroen Saxo.

Also new is the Italian champion in the STC plus 2000 category: he is Lucas Scabbia, in a Peugeot 207, who in the final overtook Gianni Saddi (Citroen DS3) with a time of 5'49"817; third position for former Italian champion Alberto Palestrini in a Renault Super 5.

Also worth mentioning, in Sport RX, Daniele Catena, who graduated Italian champion with his FIAT 500.


Great race by Maicol Giacomotti who, absent yesterday, won today in 4'42"700 with his KC, ahead of Riccardo Canzian (Speedcar Xtreme) and Under 18 Matteo Bernini (Lifelive TN5).

With this second place Canzian deservedly takes the tricolor title, ahead of Nicolò Grieco excellent second in the championship and today betrayed by the engine.

4×4 Experience

While the fate of the Tricolor RX was being decided inside the Maggiora Offroad Arena, the ninth edition of Maggiora 4×4 Experience, a multi-brand rally organized under the aegis of the Italian Off-road Federation, was held in the hills around the Novara track, with 255 off-road vehicles from all over Italy participating.

Maggiora 4×4 Experience featured a course, about 5 kilometers long, which included routes of three levels marked by different colors, according to the most well-known classification of ski slopes, thus distinguishing their increasing level of difficulty.