26.09.2018 MORE GOOD PERFORMANCES BY THE ABARTH 124 RALLY IN POLAND AND ITALY

ANDREA MODANESI - RALLY DELL ADRIATICO 2018
SIMONE TEMPESTINI - RALLY POLAND 2018

The Abarth 124 Rally enjoyed a very good weekend in two loose surface rallies across Europe, achieving strong finishes on the Rally Poland, thanks to the efforts of Simone Tempestini and Sergiu Itu (bottom), while on the Rally dell'Adriatico it was in the hands of Andrea Modanesi and Roberto Mometti (top).

The Abarth 124 Rally enjoyed a very good weekend in two loose surface rallies across Europe, achieving strong finishes on the Rally Poland, thanks to the efforts of Simone Tempestini and Sergiu Itu, while on the Rally dell'Adriatico it was in the hands of Andrea Modanesi and Roberto Mometti.

On the 75th Rally Poland, which counted towards the FIA European Rally Championship and thus attracted a strong and prestigious entry, Italian (albeit rallying with a Romanian competition licence) Simone Tempestini and his navigator Romanian Sergiu Itu, turned in a very good drive on the famously fast dirt roads that are the prevailing characteristic of this tough rally.

After setting the P18 time on the first of the fifteen stages Tempestini and Itu remained in the top twenty for most of the two-leg rally to finish a creditable P16 overall. The also won the R-GT category by dint of reaching the finishline as they were the only entry in this class. “I'm happy that I [get to] the finish of the rally without any big problems,” Tempestini said afterwards who added that he had spent time getting used to the 124 Rally on gravel.

Meanwhile in Italy, on the 25th Rally dell'Adriatico, which counted towards the Italian Rally Championship, for this round there was just a single Abarth 124 Rally in action entered by Eurospeed for young Italian Andrea Modanesi with Roberto Mometti alongside.

They finished twenty seventh overall from thirty-seven finishers of the 14 stage rally after a good drive on the gravel surfaces and solid reliability from the ‘Scorpion’ rally car.

Modanesi and Roberto Mometti also won the R-GT class but again they were the only entry so it was a matter of getting to the finish line. It was their second R-GT category win this year in Italy after they claimed it on the Rally San Marino. The Rally dell'Adriatico was in fact won overall by a former Abarth factory driver Umberto Scandola.

In addition to these two rallies, last weekend Abarth was also involved with the ADAC F4 Championship, which uses Tatuus-built single seaters powered by Abarth engines. This was the final round of the German series which was on track at Hockenheim for the occasion.

With the title won by German Lirim Zendeli with one race still to go, the focus was on the “rookie” rankings reserved for newcomers and that was won by Ralf Schumacher's son David.

It’s very much a case of another young Schumacher making a name of himself at the wheel of the single-seater powered an Abarth engine in the wake of the second place claimed in this championship by Mick Schumacher, son of the the eight times F1 World Champion Michael, back in 2016.

The first race of the ADAC F4 triple header was won by Belgian Weert Charles while the already crowned champion Zendeli scored a double win in second and third races to make it a dominant ten wins from the twenty races that have comprised this year’s championship.

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