The 38th Rally Due Valli to the Finn Jari Huttunen, Hyundai i20 R5

Umberto Scandola first of the Italian Rally Championship contenders as the series will be decided in the closing round. Corrado Fontana, Hyundai i20 Wrc, secures the Italian title reserved to World Rally Cars. Stefano Albertini, Skoda Fabia R5, wins the CIRA.

Verona, October 24th 2020 – One rally and a lot of results, a lot of different stories that complete the full picture of a tough rally, one of the different times. The rain, mud and often very thick fog drew up the final classifications made by a lot of mistakes but also of great drives. The Finn Jari Huttunen and co-driver Micco Lukka claimed a well-deserved victory in the works Hyundai i20, but the rally saw a lot of big guns of CIR retiring like Andrea Crugnola in the Citroen C3 R5 of FPF Sport, and Giandomenico Basso, Volkswagen Polo run by HK Racing, that postponed their fight for the title in the closing rally. Some of the best drivers of CIWRC like Simone Miele, together with Roberto Mometti in the Citroen DS3 Wrc, and Luca Rossetti with Manuel Fenoli in the Hyundai i20 R5 retired too, as Rudy Michelini and Michele Perna in the VW Polo R5 entered in CIRA.

A real battle was fought in all the classifications and eventually, the skills of the Finn driver on slippery surfaces was rewarded, as the qualities of Umberto Scandola and Giudo D’Amore in the Hyundai i20 R5, that were second overall and first of the CIR. Stefano Albertini and Danilo Fappani were third in their Skoda Fabia R5, a result that earned them the first place in CIRA and the victory of the Italian Championship on tarmac reserved for privateers. Corrado Fontana and Nicola Arena, Hyundai i20 WRC, won the CIWRC at the end of a strong season.


A lot of protagonists of CIRA occupied the top ten of the rally. Marco Signor and Francesco Pezzoli were fourth overall in the VW Polo R5, and proceeded Luca Bottarelli and Walter Pasini, Skoda Fabia EVO R5, Antonio Rusce and Sauro Farnocchia sempre on Citroen C3 R5, Alessandro Re and Marco Menchini, Skoda Fabia R5, while Ivan Ferrarotti and Fabio Grimaldi were tenth overall. The seventh place overall went to the strong CIRA’s driver Alessio Profeta, Skoda Fabia R5, who is part of the ACI Team Italia. The 2WD victory went to Paolo Andreucci and Anna Andreussi, Peugeot 208 Rally4, that closed in on the top of the classification that is still led by Danilo Campanaro and Irene Porcu, Ford Fiesta R2B, and Alessandro Casella with co-driver Rosario Siragusano, on Peugeot 208 R2 B that are equal on points. Campanaro won also the 2WD Tarmac trophy.

The battle is tight in the Italian Rally Junior Championship between Mattia Vita and Andrea Mazzocchi. The two overtook each other several times during the rally and the victory eventually went to the second and to co-driver Silvia Gallotti. The third place went to Emanuele Rosso as the classification sees Mazzocchi ahead of Giorgio Cogni who was vert unlucky here and went out in the first test. The Fiesta R2B and ACI Team Italia’s drivers put in strong performances. In the Suzuki Rally Cup and Italian R1 Championship, the victory went to Andrea Scalzotto and Nicola Rutigliano in the Swift R1. Davide Porta, Renault Clio RS and Roberto Pellé in the other Swift Racing Start ended second and third.

Andrea Nucita reached his goal at the 38th Rally Due Valli, that was the closing round of the 3rd Zone of the Zone Rally Cup. This good victory earned the driver from Messina and his brother in the Hyundai i20 R5, the qualification the Final to be held in Como on November 7th. Nucita dominated the rally and posted the best time in all six tests. In Verona, the podium of the Rally Zone Cup was rounded off by the locals Bottoni-Peruzzi (Skoda Fabia R5) and Righetti-Nalli (Citroen C3 R5).


FINAL CLASSIFICATION OF THE 38th RALLY DUE VALLI: 1. Huttunen-Lukka (Hyundai I20 R5) in 1:06'35.0; 2. Scandola-D'Amore (Hyundai I20 R5) at 52.7; 3. Albertini-Fappani (Skoda Fabia R5 Evo) at 1'07.6; 4. Signor-Pezzoli (VW Polo R5) at 1'40.9; 5. Bottarelli-Pasini (Skoda Fabia R5 Evo) at 1'50.2; 6. Rusce-Farnocchia (Skoda Fabia R5 Evo) at 2'35.1; 7. Re-Menchini (Skoda Fabia R5) at 2'48.0; 8. Carella-Bracchi (Skoda Fabia R5 Evo) at 2'51.8; 9. Fontana-Arena (Hyundai I20 WRC) at 3'05.5; 10. Ferrarotti-Grimaldi (Skoda Fabia R5) at 4'24.6

CIR 2020 CLASSIFICATION: Basso Giandomenico (VW GTI R5) 49pt; Crugnola Andrea (Citroen C3 R5) 45pt; Albertini Stefano (Skoda Fabia R5) 34pt; Signor Marco (VW GTI R5) - Re Alessandro (VW Polo GTI R5) 31pt; Scandola (Hyundai i20 R5) 25 pt; Michelini Rudy (VW Polo GTI R5) 24 pt

CIR TARMAC: Albertini 52,5pt; Signor 48pt; Re A. 43pt; Michelini - Rusce 36pt

CIR JUNIOR 2020: Mazzocchi 63pt; Vita 52pt; Rosso 51pt; Bormolini 29pt; Pederzani 26pt

CIR 2WD: Casella - Campanaro 48pt; Mazzocchi 45; Casella 44pt; Nicelli 39pt

CIR 2WD TARMAC: 1. Campanaro 57,5pt; Mazzocchi 45pt; Casella 44pt;

CIR CONSTRUCTORS: 1. Volkswagen 87pt; 2. Citroen 76pt; 3. Skoda 61pt; 4. Hyundai 31pt

ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP WRC: Fontana 38pt; Carella; 36,5; Miele 28pt; Rossetti 24pt; Pedersoli 23pt

RALLY CUP ZONE 3: Nucita 30; Bottoni 12; Righetti-Gino 9; Campostrini - Bianco 7,5

In the picture, Scandola-D'Amore (Hyundai i20 R5) that were the first of CIR; Albertini-Fappani (Skoda Fabia R5), Fontana-Arena (Hyundai i20 WRC)