Last race of the 2020 season of the FIA European Rally Championship and the Abarth Rally Cup at the Canary Islands Rally
The Canary Islands Rally, the last round of the FIA ERC European Championship and the 2020 Abarth Rally Cup, will be the catwalk for the Italian Andrea Mabellini, whose victory in the Scorpion single-make championship will be made official by ERC during the race weekend.
In fact, the cancellation of the last stage of the ERC, the Spa Rally that should have taken place in Belgium, together with the three successes obtained in the rallies of Roma Capitale in Italy, Fafe-Montelongo, in Portugal and in Hungary, ‘Abarth Rally Cup to the young Italian driver.
Mabellini, who races with his compatriot Nicolò Gonella on the Abarth 124 rally R-GT of the Bernini Rally team with the colors of the Napoca Rally Team, will also try to achieve success in the ERC2 category (which sees turbo four-wheel drive cars in the running as well as R-GT). Currently Mabellini is in 3rd place in the ERC2 ranking.
One of the characteristics of the event on the island of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria is the road surface of volcanic origin, very abrasive and with strong grip, even in case of rain. The track, generally without debris, is characterized by long climbs and descents that alternate fast sections with more tortuous ones, ideal situations for the Abarth 124 rally.
In the 2019 edition, at the Canarian Rally, the 124 rally achieved success in ERC2 with the Spaniards Alberto Monarri and Alberto Chamorro.
The race kicks off from the Gran Canaria stadium in Las Palmas on Thursday 26 November at 5.15 pm, after the completion of the special qualifying stage, scheduled for 15.03, which determines the starting order. The first stage will be held on Friday 27th, starting at 9.30 am and arriving at 9.30 pm, with 9 special stages. Saturday 28 the last part of the race, from 9.00 to 16.28, with 8 other special stages. In total, the route measures 559 km, 202 of which of timed speed spread over 17 special stages.
The rally will be held behind closed doors due to COVID-19, but fans will be able to count on 4 PS live on Facebook and ERC YouTube, as well as all day on ERC Radio and highlights on Eurosport.
Abarth Rally Cup classification: 1. Andrea Mabellini (ITA, Napoca Rally) 75; 2. Martin Rada (CZE, Agrotec Abarth) 43; 3. Roberto Gobbin (ITA, Winners Rally Team) 36.
After the European championship, the rally season for Abarth will continue at Rally di Monza, from 4 to 6 December, the official round of the WRC world championship and the R-GT cup