Abarth Rally Cup 2020, the very young Italian Andrea Mabellini wins the Roma Capitale Rally: 1st among the R-GTs and 2nd in the ERC2 category
The winner of the first round of the Abarth Rally Cup, the international single-brand championship reserved for the Abarth 124 Rally GT, which takes place in the context of the FIA European Rally Championship, is just 20 years old. The Italian Andrea Mabellini, paired with the expert navigator Nicola Arena with the Naparth Rally Team’s Abarth 124 rally, in fact took first place in the Abarth Rally Cup in the Roma Capitale Rally, at the end of a race that saw him finish 1st among the R-GTs and 2nd in the ERC2 category.
Mabellini preceded his compatriot Roberto Gobbin, with Alessandro Cervi, to his first international engagement, competing with the colors of the Winner Rally Team. Little luck for the Poles Dariusz Polonski and Lukasz Sitek of Team Rallytechnology, forced to retire after being in the lead in the first few races.
Mabellini’s success has been clear and confirms that the Scorpion spider is particularly performing in difficult conditions thanks to its handling, power and traction on all surfaces, especially in conditions of greater variability of grip, as in the special tests of the packages Romans.
The Roma Capitale Rally marked the beginning of the international rally season and took place in an unusual atmosphere, with no special test audience and limited access to the assistance areas.
Andrea Mabellini (Napoca Rally Team): “I am very happy to have started the championship with a victory in such a technical and selective race. I tried to keep a good pace and to learn to drive the Abarth 124 rally in very fast special stages, such as averages that in some cases exceeded 100 km per hour. The result rewards us and makes us look forward to the next commitments “.
Roberto Gobbin (Winners Rally Team): “My goal was to finish such a long and difficult race, with a very high pace, which put a strain on mechanics and physique. We did it and we are very satisfied, also that we have become more familiar with the Abarth 124 rally “.
The next round of the Abarth Rally Cup is the Lepaja Rally, scheduled from 13 to 15 August in Latvia, where competitors will face a dirt track.