Italian RX Championship, today Round 1
Last Updated on 12 September 2020 @ 21:35:55
What a spectacle in the Maggiora Offroad Arena!
Great duels since the qualifying sessions, twists and turns and very tight races: Round 1 of the Italian Rallycross Championship ACI Sport powered by Toyo Tires took place today in Maggiora Offroad Arena.
Excellent performance of the rally driver Luciano Cobbe, who, at his debut in the specialty and supported by the Kia Rio excellently prepared by Gigi Galli, won with a time of 4'42"497. Cobbe preceded the 2017 Italian champion Ivan Carmellino (Fiat Grande Punto) by 3"297 and 38" Davide Negri (Subaru Impreza) who will leave the wheel tomorrow to his son Alessandro.
The Swiss driver of Belarusian origin Yuri Belevskiy proved that the 4th place in the final classification of the 2019 European Championship was not a coincidence, often proving to be uncatchable for the opponents. His victory in the final, thanks also to a perfect Audi A1, with a time of 4'41"155; second position, at 7"815, for Valentin Comte, who with his agile Renault Twingo tried to contrast Belevskiy especially at the start. Third position, after a great fight with Nils Volland (Audi A1), to the very young Jiri Susta (Skoda Fabia) in 4'52"675.
Problem-free race for Roman Castoral and his Opel Astra OPC: the multi-titled Czech driver won in 5'07"085, beating a good Marco Nicolini (Peugeot 208) by 15"852; third position for Franco "Frenk" Fusi in 5'30"083.
Fought races, as it always happens, in this category which, however, has seen a driver on all in the final: Maicol Giacomotti who, at his debut with the Planet Kart Cross K3, was the fastest with a time of 4'37"325. Actually the day had started badly for the driver from Verbania, with a break in the free practice and a false start in Q1.
Behind Giacomotti came Riccardo Canzian (Speedcar Xtreme) with 4'40"390, confirming that he is the driver who will have to be reckoned with by those aspiring to the final victory. Third position for the Belgian Jan Keller (Peters Cross) in 4'44"667.
Classic route on Sunday
Tomorrow will be raced with the classic route, running counterclockwise: as today, the television coverage will be full, on the social channels of the event, starting at 10.30 am.