Thrilling double round in Sardinia!
Last Updated on April 30, 2023 @ 19:43:48
The weekend of the Italian Rallycross Championship did not betray expectations as two Rounds were held at the Ittiri Rally Arena!
A historic day for the tricolor with the first victory of a woman: breaking this taboo was Jenni Sonzogni (Skoda Fabia R5) who won in the final with a time of 6'53"635 over the 6 laps planned. The young driver from Lombardy preceded Gianmarco Donetto (Skoda Fabia R5) and Fabio Mezzatesta (Hyundai i20 R5). Important victory also in view of the championship since the race had coefficient 2.
He was expected by all and did not betray expectations: Valentino Ledda with his Peugeot 208 R2 won the STC - 1600 category also in Round 2 with a time of 6'20"478, ahead of Armando Tocchio (Peugeot 106), who continues to churn out good performances and Salvatore Sanna (Fiat Uno).
After finishing third in Round 1, Nicola Morlacchi (Planet Kart K3) took a beautiful victory among the Kartcross (6'06"056) preceding an increasingly convincing Marcus Antonio Martinelli (GMN), U18 like Morlacchi, and Riccardo Canzian (Speedcar Xtreme), author of a great comeback in the final.
Marco Noris (Supercar), Gianni Saddi (STC +2000) and Daniele Catena (Sport RX), who were present at both Rounds, gained important points in view of the championship for their categories.
Jenni Sonzogni has taken a liking to it! After her victory on Saturday, she also won Round 3, with the track in Reverse conformation, with a time of 5'43"540. Jenni's #64 Skoda Fabia R5 was just 825 thousandths ahead of Gianmarco Donetto's "sister" car, while third place was taken as in the previous Round by Fabio Mezzatesta (Hyundai i20 R5). It is now clear to everyone that whoever wants to win the tricolor in the RX5 category will have to deal with the 21-year-old Sonzogni!
Third win in a row (6'08"019) for home idol Valentino Ledda (Peugeot 208 R2), who takes a decisive step forward in the STC - 1600 standings; however, he does not give up on his closest pursuer, Armando Tocchio (Peugeot 106), also second today ahead of Salvatore Sanna.
Nicola Morlacchi (Planet Kart K3) also repeated himself, showing that he can compete not only for the U18 title, but also for the overall title: 5'46"631 was his time on the 6 laps of the Ittiri track in Reverse conformation. Morlacchi preceded a good Nicolò Grieco (GMN) and Marcus Antonio Martinelli (GMN), on his second consecutive podium.
Next event: Night Race!
Rematch for the defeated, however, is just around the corner: in fact, on May 19/20 it will be time for Round 4, with the Night Race format that was so successful last year!