Abarth Rally Cup 2020: the Abarth 124 rally starts the engines again at the Rome Capital Rally, the first stage of the FIA European Rally Championship 2020
The Abarth Rally Cup 2020 starts on Friday 24 July from Castel Sant’Angelo with the Rally of Roma Capitale, the first race of the FIA European Rally Championship 2020.
The Abarth Rally Cup 2020 – the single-brand championship reserved for the teams that compete with the Abarth 124 rallies – this year sees three crews: the Polish team composed of Dariusz Polonski and Lukasz Sitek (Team Rallytechnology) which has already taken part in the 2019 edition and two new Italian teams: Roberto Gobbin and Alessandro Cervi of the Winners Rally Team and by the very young Andrea Mabellini teamed with Nicola Arena of the Napoca Rally Team.
For the second consecutive year, the Abarth Rally Cup takes place in the context of the prestigious ERC European Championship, with a rich prize pool, which includes race prizes for a total value of € 30,000 for each of the 5 races. The final prize for the winner of the same amount is added to the race prizes. The final ranking of the Abarth Rally Cup will be drawn up on the basis of the 4 best results obtained. The regulation is available at the link .
Dariusz Polonski (Driver) – Lukasz Sitek (Navigator) – Team Rallytechnology
The Polish driver is in his second season behind the wheel of the Abarth 124 rally of the Rallytechnology team. Last year he competed for the Italian Abarth Rally Cup to the Italian Andrea Nucita, winning the Rome Capital Rally, in which he also imposed himself in the ERC2 ranking.
“My first season with the Scorpion spider helped me to learn how to make the most of this car that has great power and handling. This year I feel more confident, also because I have already played four of the five races last year, memorizing the most insidious points “.
Roberto Gobbin (Driver) – Alessandro Cervi (Navigator) – Winner Rally Team
Roberto Gobbin is a loyal Abarth, having made his debut in 1980 at the wheel of an Autobianchi A112 Abarth 70Hp. He then went on to compete in several races with the Fiat Panda Rally and, shortly before leaving for the Rome race, he met the champion of the Fiat 124 Spiders of the sixties and seventies, Luciano Trombotto (his fellow citizen of Pinerolo) who placed him there. autograph on the mudguard of the race car.
In his private life the Piedmontese driver is a Fiat and Abarth dealer, therefore proud to represent the brand in this passion and to compete in such a prestigious championship with the Abarth 124 rally.
The crew is supported by the Winner Rally Team, the team that won the FIA R-GT Cup last year with Enrico Brazzoli (ITA).
“It is the first time that I have played such an important and demanding championship and I will do my best because as an Italian, racing in an Italian car internationally is a dream come true after so many years”.
Andrea Mabellini (Driver) – Nicola Arena (navigator) – Napoca Rally Team
With his twenty years, Andrea Mabellini is the youngest driver in the running for the Abarth Rally Cup.
Mabellini has experience both on the track and in rallies. In 2017 he made his debut on the track in the Abarth Trophy behind the wheel of the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse and, in 2018, he immediately placed second overall behind the expert Cosimo Barberini.
His experience in Rally starts in 2017, driving an Abarth 124 rally, with a prestigious 2nd place among the R-GTs in the Monza Rally. In the following two seasons he played a dozen races behind the wheel of category R5 cars.
“For me it is an important season, in which I want to grow competitive. With the Abarth 124 rally I had found myself very well in the Monza Rally, and now that the routes are certainly more difficult I want to bring out all my talent “.
The Abarth Rally Cup
In each race, the winner receives a prize of € 12,000, € 10,000 for the second, € 8,000 for the third. At the end of the year the championship winner will receive 30,000 euros. For the final classification of the championship 4 results will be considered valid.
Abarth supports the participants in the Abarth Rally Cup by providing a spare parts service and technical advice on the race fields, as well as a hospitality area.
Five selective and prestigious races
The Roma Capitale Rally
After the long stop due to the lockdown, the race returns and the Roma Capitale Rally starts the season. After the “Qualifying stage”, scheduled for Friday 24 July at 9.30 in Fumone, on the same day the most evocative starting ceremony of the championship takes place in the unique setting of Castel Sant’Angelo, where the pilots will be at the starting catwalk from 19:00. Following a walkway in the historic center of the Eternal City.
On Saturday 25 and Sunday 26, the competitors face an 813 km long asphalt course, 200 of which of timed speed spread over 15 special stages. The first stage takes place on Saturdays and starts from Fiuggi at 7.40 am, ending at 20.11; Sunday the second fraction with departure at 7.20 and final arrival in Fiuggi at 18.00.
Rally Liepaja (14-16 August)
The second round of the Abarth Rally Cup takes place in Latvia in the Baltic town of Liepaja. There are many pitfalls of this race that takes place on a very fast dirt track with many bumps that make the route very demanding and generally favor the Nordic drivers who are habitual on this type of road where, however, the average speed is above 110 km / h.
In the 2019 edition the Italian Andrea Nucita, together with his navigator Alina Pop (RU) had preceded Dariusz Polonski and Lukasz Sitek.
The route measures 607 km, 180 of which of timed speed spread over 10 special stages.
Azores Rally (17-19 September)
The Portuguese archipelago is the scene of the third seasonal event of the Abarth Rally Cup. It is a race of great tradition – it is in its 55th edition – probably the most spectacular of the entire championship. The dirt track unfolds on the hills of the island of Sao Miguel, with unique panoramas and a suggestive special stage that winds around a deep volcanic lake. In 2019 this race was not part of the Abarth Rally Cup single-brand championship.
The route is 652 km long, with 215 km of timed speed spread over 14 special stages.
Rally of Hungary (6-8 November)
In 2019 it had been the last race of the championship, decisive for the assignment of the title to the Italian Andrea Nucita. The asphalted path is very technical in that it is extremely fast and insidious, alternating sections with different grip: fast in the plains with others more steep in the woods. In addition, another element of attention for the pilots are the weather conditions which can vary continuously and further embarrass the pilots. The race is held around Nyíregyháza.
At the moment the route has not been defined in detail.
Canary Islands Rally (26-28 November)
The Abarth Rally Cup ends in Spain on the island of Las Palmas. Breathtaking views and tortuous asphalted special stages are the main features of this race, which engages the riders in long descents on sometimes very narrow roads. Ideal terrain for the Abarth 124 rally that in 2019 had imposed itself in ERC 2 with the Spaniards Alberto Monarri and Alberto Chamorro, winners of the Iberian 2-wheel-drive championship. The race took place in March.
The route measures 585 km, with 17 special stages for a total of 202 km of timed speed.
The Abarth 124 rally
made its debut in 2017 and became the queen of the R-GTs, having won around 100 races in its first three racing seasons among the Gran Turismo, making it the FIA R-GT Cup (in practice the World Grand Prix Tourism) in 2018 with the French Raphael Astier and in 2019 with the Italian Enrico Brazzoli.
The power of the engine and the balancing and traction qualities of the Abarth 124 rally allow drivers to exalt themselves in difficult asphalt conditions with poor grip.
The technical sheet
Body: with cage roll-bar in Aci-Sport approved high-alloy steel; length 4054 mm; width 1740 mm; height 1230 mm (asphalt trim); minimum weight 1050 kg; wheelbase 2310 mm – Hard-top in carbon-kevlar composite – Doors and hoods in aluminum sheet – passenger compartment floor and seat fixings lowered – luggage compartment with space for 2 spare wheels
Engine: turbocharged longitudinal front, 4 cylinders in line of 1750 cc; maximum power 308 HP at 6500 rpm; maximum torque 500 Nm at 3000 rpm; distribution: double overhead camshaft with variable timing, 16 valves; power supply: direct injection; n.4 boost levels selectable by the pilot, with insertable Anti Lag System
Weight / power ratio:> 3.4 kg / CV
lubrication with wet sump Lubrication sump with integrated powerplant supports; lightened monolithic flywheel; engine wiring with “Racing” specifications and military connections; fuel injectors with increased flow rate
Air restrictor FIA: Ø35.8 mm
Transmission: rear-wheel drive, self-locking differential, 6-speed Sadev sequential gearbox + RM, n.2 alternative gear ratios, with paddle controls on the steering wheel operated with pneumatic actuators ceramic disc two-disc Ø186 mm
Traction Control System: electronically controlled with n.4 calibrations selectable by the pilot (High / Medium / Low grip, Wet) and intervention on motor torque
Steering: with electronic assistance.
Suspensions: double wishbone front; multilink rear, hydraulic shock absorbers with 4 damping adjustments (compression / extension and high / low speed) and adjustable hydraulic limit stop buffer, coaxial coil springs with adjustable height
Brakes: 355 mm self-ventilated floating front discs and 320 mm floating rear discs with 4-pump radial mount Brembo aluminum caliper Braking circuit with handbrake and hydraulic disconnection of the transmission
Wheels: 8×18 ‘(asphalt) with Pirelli tires – 7 “x15” (earth) with Pirelli tires
Fuel tank: safety in Fia Ft3-99 rubberized fabric – 68 l capacity