The 2018 sports season enters full swing as three Abarth 124 rallies take part in the French, Slovenian and Czech Republic championships this weekend for the Abarth 124 rally International Challenge, and more the 30 young drivers compete on the Adria circuit with the single-seaters of the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth.
In France, the Milano Racing team, fresh from their great triumph in the Tour de Corse world championship with Raphael Astier, takes part in the Lyon-Carbonnière Rally, the second race in the transalpine championship, with young driver Nicolas Ciamin and navigator Thibault De La Haye. The two were heroes in the opening race, the Rallye du Touquet, missing success by a whisker after a great comeback. The Lyon Charbonnières Rally takes place in two stages: the first on Friday 20, and the second on Saturday 21 April, with 13 special trials for a total of 226 km at speed.
The second race in the Czech Republic championship is for the Agrotec Team, which is competing in the Sumava Klatovy Rally with a crew composed of Martin Rada and Jaroslav Jugas. Also in this case, there are two stages, one on Friday 20 and the other on Saturday 21 April, with 14 special trials.
The Bernini Rally team is competing in the Vipavska Rally in Slovenia, with an Italian crew composed of Andrea Nucita and Marco Vozzo, who already performed brilliantly in the FIA R-GT Cup race. The race starts on Friday evening and continues throughout the day on Saturday 21 April, with 10 special trials and 94 km at speed.
Including the Slovenian championship, the Abarth 124 rally drivers are now involved in 8 national series: Belgium, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, Italy and Slovenia, in addition to the most substantial participation in the world championships of the category, the FIA R-GT Cup, in which four crews were placed in the first four positions of the Tour de Corse Rally.
Abarth expresses its racing tradition with the fourth edition of the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth, which starts this weekend on the Adria circuit. At the starting line, there are 31 drivers from 17 different countries: Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mexico, Czech Republic, Russia, Switzerland, Hungary and Venezuela. All of the young drivers compete behind the wheel of Tatuus single-seaters, propelled by Abarth 160 HP T-Jet engines, which are very formative and reliable.
The weekend schedule consists of the official trials on Saturday 21 April afternoon, while on Sunday, the three races take place at 9:00 am, 1:00 pm and 5.00 pm.