The Abarth 124 rally dominated the R-GT ranking in the Tour de Corse rally, which counts for the World Rally Championship and the FIA R-GT cup as well as for the Abarth 124 rally Selenia International Challenge, putting all 4 private cars on the starting line in the first four positions of the category, obtaining the record for 2-wheel drives and the prized overall positions.
At the end of a tough and difficult race, the French pair in the Milano Racing team, composed of driver Raphael Astier and navigator Frederic Vauclaire, preceded the Italians Andrea Nucita and Marco Vozzo with the Abarth of the Bernini Rally team in the R-GT ranking, with a placement in 17th position overall. The duo Nucita-Vozzo were in the lead for two thirds of the race, then, in the last special trial of the second stage, they came off the road, causing them to drop from leading position to 6th; at that time they were 15th overall, and were taking themselves and the Abarth 124 towards an excellent result.
The Abarth 124 spider also confirmed its reliability; in fact, all 4 cars on the starting line finished the race: the Frenchmen Philippe Gache and Nicolas Rivière closed in third position, and the young Italian Andrea Modanesi, with Marco Menchini, in fourth position.
On arrival, Astier was very satisfied: “The Abarth 124 rally was perfect from the start to end, and let me get to know its potential trial after trial, proving itself to be very effective, especially in the longer and more tortuous trials. Winning at the debut of a high-performance car was a great satisfaction”.
Andrea Nucita was satisfied with the performance of the Abarth 124 rally: “We came off the road due to a trivial error at a point where there were few spectators. Fortunately our car is very robust, and once back on the road, we were able to continue. It was a shame, because we could have achieved an excellent overall result. In any case, with second position, we still have a good chance for the championship”.
Philippe Gache at the finishing line: “The Tour de Corse is always a tough tally, and finishing it is a great success; we have to tackle very special trials that are very long and fast. Third position is a reward for our commitment”.
An incredible experience for the young Andrea Modanesi: For me, it was a race to gain experience in the international field. Thanks to the great reliability of the Abarth 124 rally, I have been able to concentrate on trying to quickly learn and tackle very fast and tough roads”.
The ranking of the FIA R-GT Cup world championship had four Abarth 124 rally drivers in the first four positions, with only three races to the end. The next world championship appointment is the Roma Capitale Rally, the Italian program from 20 to 22 July. In the past season, the Abarth 124 rally achieved a good triple in the Italian race