Abarth Rally Cup and ERC, ready to restart the engines
Waiting for the engines to restart, Luca Napolitano Head of EMEA Fiat & Abarth Brands, and Jean Baptiste Ley, ERC Co-ordinator, take stock of the sporting results of the Abarth 124 rally and Abarth Rally Cup within the Championship European FIA Rally.
“In 70 years of history, the Abarths have raced on every road in Europe, winning everywhere. And still today, with almost 100 category successes, the 124 rally is the car to beat in the RG-T category “said Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat & Abarth Brands, and continues” In 2019 within the European Rally The 124 rally championship won 57 of the 88 special stages in which it took part. And now we can’t wait to go back to running and winning. ”
The 124 rally has been a sports ambassador in 16 different countries, in about 150 international races and 25 national and international championships, taking about a hundred victories in the R-GT category and imposing itself in 2018 and 2019 in the FIA R-GT Cup, and becoming the machine to beat.
Making a general calculation, in three years the Abarth 124 rallies have covered over 300,000 km in the competitions in which they took part.
In the 2019 edition of the ERC European Championship – which includes the Abarth Rally Cup – more than 4,000 km were covered, of which over 1,200 timed speed, for a total of 88 special stages, of which 57 have seen the category success of the Abarth 124 rally.
Jean Baptiste Ley commented: “Last year the Abarth Rally Cup played an important role in the European Rally Championship. We can’t wait to see the Abarth 124 rally in the FIA ERC championship as soon as the season starts again. ”
The Abarth Rally Cup proved to be spectacular and exciting, a mix of speed and adventure on very different “racing grounds”. From the very fast paved tracks of the Barum Zlin Rally in the Czech Republic and the Rally of Hungary, to the dirt roads with many bumps of the Lepaja Rally in Latvia and the Rally of Poland, to move on to the winding mountain roads of the Canary Islands Rally and the Rally Roma Capitale, routes in different weather conditions, from pouring rain to full sun, with suffocating heat. In the end the Italian Andrea Nucita won, preceding the Polish Dariusz Polonski and the Spanish Alberto Monarri.
Abarth also took part in the FIA R-GT 2019 in 2019, the championship in which the Abarth 124 rally dominated, occupying the top three final positions with the Italian Enrico Brazzoli winner, with the victories of Montecarlo, Tour de Corse and Sanremo . Again a long and demanding championship, divided into 8 prestigious events.