The 49th Rally Friuli Venezia Giulia to start tomorrow

Start set for 13.30 (GMT+2) from Duomo square in Cividale del Friuli.

29 August 2013, Cividale del Friuli – The Italian Rally Championship is back after the short summer break with one of its most beautiful and difficult races: the Rally of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the event organized by Scuderia Friuli Automobile Club Udine reaching this year its 49th edition. CIR is back and is strong despite the economic crisis, setting the record in terms of cars to be verified: 73, to which 43 additional lineups will be competing in the National Rally Trophy on a slightly shorter itinerary, 68 historic cars entered in the Alpi Orientali Historic Rally. This totals to 187 cars that will battle starting from tomorrow Friday 30 August on the steep roads that separate Cividale from Slovenia.

High quantity but also quality with an entry list comprising all the best drivers in the Italian Championship. Among these the Veronese Umberto Scandola, Skoda Fabia Super 2000 that is the current classification leader, Giandomenico Basso, Peugeot 207 Super 2000, the several-times Italian champion Paolo Andreucci, Peugeot 208 R2 , Alessandro Perico, Peugeot 207 Super 2000, who is currently second in the standings and the very young Stefano Albertini, on a Peugeot Super 2000.

These are the best at the start but several other strong rivals will inflame the battle in the various categories and particular in the Production and Junior championships in what could be the decisive round of the season. In the Junior classification Andrea Crugnola, Renault Twingo, and Andrea Carella, Peugeot 208 R2, are the main contenders for the final victory. Crugnola and Fabrizio Andolfi, that is currently third in the Junior classification, will also be competing in the Renault Twingo Trophy. In the Italian Production Championship the challenge will involve the two Renault Clio R3 of Alessandro Bosca and Ivan Ferrarotti , and the Citroen DS3 R3 of Andrea Nucita. The first two will be also fighting for the Renault Clio Production Trophy, while the third will be competing in the Citroen Racing Trophy that is currently led by Alessandro Re.

The programme of the race features eleven stages for a total of 151,880 timed Km. out of the global 449,990 Km. The itinerary will unfold along the roads between the Natisone and Torre valleys. The shakedown is scheduled for tomorrow morning from 08.00 (GMT+2) to 12.00 while the start is set from Piazza Duomo in Cividale del Friuli at 13.30. Leg one will be run on five stages among which the "Città di Udine" that will take place in the afternoon.

CIR ABSOLUTE CLASSIFICATION: 1.U.Scandola (Skoda Fabia S2000)64; 2.A.Perico (Peugeot 207 S2000) 47; 3.P.Andreucci (Peugeot 208 S2000) 43; 4. G.Basso (Peugeot 207 S2000) 27; 5.A.Bosca(Renault Clio R3)21.
PRODUCTION CLASSIFICATION: 1.A.Bosca(Renault Clio R3)42;  2. I.Ferrarotti (Renault Clio R3)33;  3A.Nucita (Citroen DS3 R3)32; 4. Vittalini (Citroen Ds3 R3)28; 5. Re (Citroen Ds3)23.
CLASSIFICA C.I.JUNIOR: 1.A.Crugnola(New Twingo R2) 104; 2.A.Carella(Peugeot 208 R2)84;  3.F.J.Andolfi(New Twingo R2)80.
CIR CONSTRUCTORS: 1. Peugeot 85 points;  2.Skoda 69; 3.Mitsubishi 34; 4.Renault 19; 5.Ford 14 .
R2 Classification: 1. Andreucci 30 points; 2. Chentre 24;  3. Andolfi and Crugnola 16; 5.Cunial 11.
Citroen Racing Trophy Classification: 1.A. Re 94; 2.A.Vittalini 80; 3.A.Nucita 78.
Renault Clio R3 Trophy Classification: 1.Bosca 140; 2.Ferrarotti 88; 3.Michelini 63; 4.Andolfi 56.
Renault Twingo Gordini Trophy Classification: 1.Crugnola 171; 2.Andolfi J. 156; 3.Scattolon 109; 4.Tassone 52.