Double commitment this weekend for Abarth drivers in ERC and in the Italian Formula 4 championship on the track.
In Portugal, the Fafe Montelongo Rally is scheduled to enter the FIA ERC European Championship calendar for the first time, and at the same time the very young drivers of the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth race the fourth heat of the Italian series on the Mugello Circuit.
The Rally Fafe Montelongo is the third race of the Abarth Rally Cup, whose calendar has returned to 6 races following the addition of the “Spa Rally” within the ERC events. The Rally of Spa, thanks to the date in the middle of winter, brings rallies back to that adventurous dimension that only a race this season can give. The same winter setting that led Walter Rohrl to the historic victory in the 1980 Monte Carlo Rally with the Fiat 131 Abarth Rally.
The Rally Fafe Montelongo, which is part of the Portuguese Rally Championship and the North Rally Championship, is characterized by an undulating course on asphalt that alternates fast curves with tight hairpin bends on a smooth surface that are well suited to the characteristics of the 124 rally which can boast an excellent balancing as well as the ability to easily and quickly adapt to the needs of the track: fast in the smoothest sections and well balanced, therefore very effective, in the more technical and slower sections of the course. A route that includes 527 km, of which 183 km of timed speed, spread over 18 special stages.
The event is based in Fafe, a town with a great rally tradition. The program includes the qualification test on Friday 2 October at 4 pm. The first stage is on Saturday, starting at 8.30 am and arriving at 6.45 pm. Sunday the second, starting at 8.30 and ending at 18.30.
At the same time, the Mugello Circuit hosts the fourth round of the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth, which sees about thirty young drivers at the start, with 5 rookies including Lorenzo Patrese, son of the former F1 driver.
After the first three heats, the general classification of the championship sees two Italian drivers in the first two places, Gabriele Minì and Francesco Pizzi, chased by the English Jonny Edgar and the American Jak Crawford. Of the 9 races so far disputed (3 for each appointment) 2 Minì won, 2 the Italian Andrea Rosso and one each Pizzi, Edgar, Crawford, the Romanian Philip Ugran and the German Joshua Dürksen.
The Tuscan weekend program includes two qualifying practice sessions on Saturday 3 October at 9.30. Race 1 takes place in the afternoon at 15.25. Sunday Race 2 is at 11.40 and race 3 at 16.40. Live streaming on acisport.it.