Italian Championship RX 2021, what a final!
Last Updated on 31 October 2021 @ 19:01:17
The Tricolore Rallycross ended with Round 7
In spite of the bad weather that has raged throughout the weekend once again Round 7, the last round of the Italian Rallycross Championship - also valid as a round of the FIA CEZ Championship - offered great entertainment with duels and great overtaking.
Davide Riccio (Hyundai i20 R5), already Italian Champion, was absent, in the RX5 category only Luca Maria Rizzello(Peugeot 208 T16 R5) raced, while in the Supercar category Rosario Corallo (Subaru Impreza) was Italian Champion.
The first to cross the finish line was Balázs Körmöczi (Suzuki Swift), but the Hungarian had received a black flag for a previous misconduct. The victory went to a very good Paolo Barbieri (Citroen C2), ahead of Silvano Ruga (Renault Clio) who, with this second place, becomes Italian Champion of Super 1600. Third position for Marco Valazza (Ford Fiesta). To report the test of the young French Julien Meunier (Renault Twingo), forced to retire while in second position.
Roman Castoral (Opel Astra OPC) was once again the Italian Champion in STC - 2000, proving once again to be without rivals; he also took the victory in Round 7, ahead of the Polish Robert Dabrowski (Renault Clio), who arrived a few seconds behind the Czech driver. Third position for the Slovakian Vladimir Marko (VW Polo), after the disqualification of Keke Platzer.
In the STC - 1600 victory for Richard Forster (VW Polo), ahead of Günter Chmela (Citroen Saxo), author of a spectacular spin without consequences during the final, in which Karl Heinz Himmelstein (VW Polo), who went to the wall during one of the Qs, could not take part.
Alberto Palestrini (Renault Super5) was confirmed Italian Champion in the STC +2000 category: the final of Round 7 went to Michele Andolina (Fiat Punto) just ahead of the new Italian Champion, who finished the race despite a bump against the guardrail at the last corner.
The final was a real nail-biter: after an initial suspension, the race restarted with Marcello Gallo (Lifelive TN5) on the move. The leader of the standings Marco Berniga (Planet Kart Cross), who was in pursuit, spun on the final straight being touched by Zoppetti and thus saying goodbye to the hopes of winning the Championship. Gallo, leading alone, was the protagonist first of a spin and then of an incredible slalom between the karts stopped in the middle of the track: in the end he still managed to finish the race in first position, becoming for the third time Italian champion of the category!
Second position for Gabriele Zoppetti (Speedcar Wonder), ahead of Riccardo Canzian (Speedcar Xtreme).
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