Abarth, many Italian successes last weekend: in ERC Andrea Mabellini, 1st in the Abarth Rally Cup, and 2nd in ERC2 at Rally Fafe Montelongo. Italian double in F4 at Mugello
The very young are once again featured in the Abarth rally and track championships. In Portugal, in the Rally Fafe Montelongo, the Italian Andrea Mabellini, with Nicola Arena, won the third round of the Abarth Rally Cup, a single-make championship reserved for the Abarth 124 rally, which is held as part of the FIA ERC European Championship. For the young Italian driver it is the second success of the season, after the one obtained in the Rally di Roma Capitale, which throws him at the head of the Abarth Rally Cup, ahead of compatriot Roberto Gobbin, with Alessandro Cervi, second in the Portuguese race, after a very regular.
Mabellini also took an excellent second place in the ERC2 classification, with an overwhelming final race that allowed him to gain a position in the last special stage. The race was particularly difficult, with continuous meteorological changes, which alternated only with short and sudden thunderstorms, which however did not put the Abarth Rally Cup crews in difficulty.
Andrea Mabellini (Napoca Rally Team): “It was a very exciting race, in which I learned to race on a fast and treacherous track. In the end I realized that I could have moved up a position in ERC2 and I pushed a little more giving myself the satisfaction of a good placement ”.
The next round of the Abarth Rally Cup will be the Rally of Hungary from 6 to 8 November, valid for the FIA ERC European Championship.
There was also a lot of show on the Mugello Circuit, with the single-seaters of the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth, engaged in the fourth round of the season, with 30 young drivers at the start. In Race 1, held on a wet track, the Italian Andrea Rosso dominated, starting from pole position and leading up to the checkered flag. Great fight for second place with the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto who, starting from 12th place, manages to finish 2nd, ahead of the Romanian Filip Ugran and Minì.
Wet track also in Race 2, with Bortoleto and Minì alternating in command in the first laps. When the track dries up the Brazilian manages to prevail over the Italian. Third place for the Swede Dino Beganovic, who precedes Rosso, penalized for incorrect starting alignment procedure.
Gabriele Minì was the absolute protagonist of the third race, held on a dry track. At the start he managed to overtake Bortoleto and keep his head until the end, despite repeated attacks by the Brazilian driver and Beganovic. An important success that allows Minì to strengthen his leadership in a championship that sees three Italian drivers in the first three places: Minì (196 points), Rosso (121) and Francesco Pizzi (117), who got 4th at Mugello place in Race 3.
Gabriele Minì (Prema Powerteam): “The results at Mugello were very important, but there are still 9 races to go and anything can happen”.
Abarth Rally Cup classification: 1. Andrea Mabellini (ITA, Napoca Rally) 60; 2. Roberto Gobbin (ITA, Winners Rally Team) 48; 3. Martin Rada (CZE, Agrotec Abarth) 30.
Italian F4 Championship ranking powered by Abarth; 1. Gabriele Minì (ITA, Prema Powerteam) 196; 2. Andrea Rosso (ITA, Cram Motorsport) 121; 3. Francesco Pizzi (ITA, Van Amersfoort Racing) 117