The Abarth 124 rally Selenia International Challenge is about to get real, this weekend, with the Italian, Czech Republic and Romanian championships. After the Belgian and French championships, and just before the start of the Spanish one, the Abarth 124 rally will be competing for the respective category titles in six national series.
In Italy, the Abarth 124 rally is defending the title won in 2017 by Fabrizio Andolfi Jr with two promising young drivers, namely Andrea Modanesi, from Lombardy, who made a name for himself in the Trofeo Abarth 124 rally Selenia Under 23 ranking last year, and Christopher Lucchesi, from Tuscany, who was just 19 years old. Rally Il Ciocco, the first event of the season and on tarmac, will be starting in Forte dei Marmi on Friday, March 23. More in detail, the parade stage will be held on day one (starting at 5:34 p.m.) on the seafront of the famous Tuscan resort. Crews will then head off to the Apuan Alps for the rest of the race, which will count a total of 14 special stages and 151 kilometres of time trial. Crews will be starting at 6:30 in the morning from Il Ciocco and arriving in Castelnuovo Garfagnana at 7:30 in the evening.
Young driver Andrea Modanesi, who will be competing with the Bernini Rally team, together with Lucchesi, is excited. “I am taking on this tough course for the first time because last year my season started with the second race”, he said. “Competition will be fierce and winning on these tricky roads will not be easy”.
The Valasska Rally, the opening event of the Czech Republic national championship, will be hitting the road at the same time, with the Abarth 124 rally of the Agrotec Czech Abarth Team, driven by Martin Rada and Jaroslav Jugas. The race will consist of two legs, once on Saturday and one on Sunday, for a total of 15 special stages and 170 kilometres of time trial.
On Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, the Rally Brasov will be starting in Romania with the Abarth 124 rally of the Bernini Rally team driven by Florin Tincescu and Alina Pop. This event, which will also consist of two legs, counts 10 special stages and 141 kilometres of time trial.
These three courses are very different from one another – tortuous in Italy, fast in the Czech Republic and on treacherous narrow country roads in Romania. The technical features of the Abarth 124 rally make the car well equipped to take on whatever is thrown at it by adjusting the power and traction.