- After the Rally Princesa de Asturias, Spanish team Alberto Monarri and Rodrigo Sanjuán, in an Abarth 124 rally, are still leading the R-GT and Two-Wheel Drive categories of the Spanish Tarmac Rally Championship.
- The winners of the Rally Italia Talent Under 23 competition get behind the wheel of the Abarth 500 R3T in the Rally San Martino di Castrozza and Primiero.
- In the Abarth Selenia Trophy, Italian Barberini and Finn Pajuranta win in their Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione cars in Vallelunga.
- Hat trick by Brit Caldwell in the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth.
Speed and spectacle were the defining factors of the rallies in Spain and Italy and on the Vallelunga race track near Rome for the fifth round of the Abarth Selenia Trophy and the sixth round of the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth.
In the Rally Princesa de Asturias in Spain, the Abarth 124 rally of Team SMC Junior Motorsport driven by Alberto Monarri and Rodrigo Sanjuàn reasserted its leadership in the Two-Wheel Drive and R-GT categories of the Spanish Tarmac Rally Championships, despite withdrawing after skidding off the road during the last special stage. Until then, the Spanish crew were dominating both categories and are now in sixth place in the overall standing.
In Italy, in the Rally San Martino di Castrozza e Primiero, twenty-two-year-old Marco Parola from Cuneo and nineteen-year-old Nicola Argenta from Belluno, winners of the Rally Italia Talent Under 23, made their racing debut in an Abarth 500 R3T and completed the long and tough course laid out on the mountain roads in the Dolomites.
Abarth Selenia Trophy
In the Abarth Trophy Selenia, it was a draw for Italy and Scandinavia, with the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione of Italian Cosimo Barberini coming first in Race1 and Finn Juuso Pajuranta winning the second heat, in which Barberini was penalised with a drive-through for not having respected the rules when the safety car entered the track.
This allowed Pajuranta to approach leader Barberini in the standings, who now has 193 points, against the 178 of the Finn. Third in the championship is Italian Andrea Mabellini (with 141 points) and fourth is Swedish Robin Appelqvist with 104 points. Among the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse, success of young driver Filippo Larraroni, ahead of Aurora Coria, first of the women.
In the first heat, the poleman Berberini was able to hold the lead but was soon overtaken by Pajuranta in the first lap. The Italian regained the lead of the race in the second lap and, tailed by the Finn, raised the pace scoring lap times slower than those of the qualifiers. The two held the pace until the end, crossing the finish line in that order. Youngster Andrea Mabellini was third ahead of Swede Robin Appelqvist. The fifth place went to “Gioga”, first of the gentlemen drivers.
In Race2, Stefano Fiamingo started well in front row, followed by Appelqvist, and Pajuranta who managed to make way for himself and seize third place. The safety car entered the track during the third lap but Barberini noticed this too late and was slapped with a penalty. At the restart, Pajuranta pounced into the lead with Appelqvist, who was eventually overtaken by Mabellini, lagging behind. Barberini finished seventh.
The next round of the Abarth Selenia Trophy is scheduled for Sunday, October 7 in Monza.
Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth
The sixth round of the Italian series that gives young kart drivers the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Tatuus single-seater powered by the Abarth T-Jet engine with 160 HP also took place in Vallelunga. Brit Olli Caldwell dominated the day, winning all three races. Runner-ups were Brazilian Gianluca Petecof in the first race, Brazilian driver Enzo Fittipaldi in the second and again Petecof in the third.
With a third place in Race3, Italian Leonardo Lorandi is holding the lead of the general championship standings with 266 points against Fittipaldi’s 257 and Caldwell ‘s 228.
This means that the 2018 championship will be decided in last round which will be held in Mugello on October 28.
Abarth Selenia Trophy
Standings Race1: 1. Cosimo Barberini (ITA) 15 laps in 27’50″940; 2. Juuso Pajuranta (FIN) at 1″282; 3. Andrea Mabellini (ITA) at 7″971; 4. Robin Appelqvist (SWE) at 23″479; 5. “Gioga” (ITA) at 30″642; 6. Michele Monetti (ITA) at 37″244; 7. Luis Miguel Reyes Asmarats (ESP) at 40″547; 8. Stefano Fiamingo (ITA) at 42″029; 9. Biagio Caruso (ITA) at 1’05″835; 10. “Boga” (ITA) at 1’28″593; 11. Filippo Lazzaroni (ITA) 1 lap behind (Abarth 500 Assetto Corse); 12. Aurora Coria (ITA) 1 lap behind (Abarth 500 Assetto Corse). All other drivers in Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione cars.
Fastest lap: Cosimo Barberini in 1’50″447, average speed 133.149 km/h.
Standings Race2: 1. Juuso Pajuranta 13 laps in 27’34″734; 2. Andrea Mabellini at 3″216; 3. Robin Appelqvist at 7″638; 4. Michele Monetti at 15″565; 5. Stefano Fiamingo at 20″597; 6. “Gioga” at 21″685; 7. Cosimo Barberini at 21″692; 8. Biagio Caruso at 55″744; 9. “Boga” at 1’22″229; 10. Filippo Lazzaroni at 1’26″328 (Abarth 500 Assetto Corse); 11. Aurora Coria 1 lap behind (Abarth 500 Assetto Corse). All other drivers in Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione cars.
Fastest lap: Andrea Mabellini 1’50″912, average speed 132.591 km/h.
Abarth Selenia Trophy overall standings: 1. Cosimo Barberini (ITA) 193 points; 2. Juuso Pajuranta (FIN) 178; 3. Andrea Mabellini (ITA) 141; 4. Robin Appelqvist (SWE) 102; 5. Stefano Fiamingo (ITA) 62.
General ranking – Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth: 1. Leonardo Lorandi (ITA) 266 points; 2. Enzo Fittipaldi (BRA) 257; 3. Olli Caldwell (GBR) 228; 4. Petr Ptacech (CZE) 162; 5. Federico Malvestiti (ITA) 159.