Umberto Scandola and Guido D'Amore, Skoda Fabia R5, dominate the first day of the 24th Rally Adriatico

Paolo Andreucci second absolute on his Peugeot 208 T16 R5. Simone Campedelli third on Ford Fiesta R5.

Cingoli ,13 May 2017 – A fight involving different generations along the nice gravel roads of the Rally Adriatico, but most of all an extraordinary battle involving champions that, despite age differences, produced a great spectacle for the very many fans along the stages. Umberto Scandola and Guido D’Amore, Skoda Fabia R5, have dominated day one posting the quickest time in eight of the nine test run today, sharing only one stage with Simone Campedelli and co-driver Pietro Elia Ometto, on Ford Fiesta R5. The Italian driver of Ford, who has been the fastest of the others for a long time, made a mistake in the third-last round which relegated him to the third place of the classification. Paolo Andreucci and Anna Andreussi on Peugeot 208 R5 T6 got the most of Campedelli’s error. The Tuscan driver and the co-driver from Friuli were penalized for starting from P1 and having to sweep the trajectory for the others, but in the end they were second, which keeps them in the lead of the championship.

A battle involving different generations we said, and this fight involves several new talents of world rally as the very young Finn Kalle Rovanpera, 16 yrs, who is fourth absolute, right at the feet of the podium on his Peugeot 208 T16 R5 with Risto Pietilainen at the notes. The Finnish rally promise that came to Italy to acquire some experience managed to keep the nine time Italian Champion Paolo Andreucci today. Among the drivers of the Italian Rally Championship, Andrea Nucita and Marco Vozzo, Skoda Fabia Super 2000 also run a strong race. Remarkable race also for the Bolivian driver Marco Bulacia, 16 yrs, who was in the top five before retiring due to an unlucky contact.

The rally is also valid as Italian 2WD Championship, as Italian Junior Championship and Italian R1 Championship. In the 2WD, Marco Pollara of Peugeot Team Junior on a Peugeot 208 Vti shared with Giuseppe Princiotto ended on top today, securing full haul. The Italian proceeded the Italo-Swiss Kevin Gilardoni, Renault Clio R3C, and co-driver Corrado Bonato. In Junior, Damiano De Tommaso ended on top and secured important points. The Italian used all the experience acquired in the World Championship with Aci Team Italia, closing on top leading Pollara, who is also competing for the Junior. Leg 1 of the Italian R1 Championship was won by Stefano Strabello, who led Stefano Martinelli, who is also fighting for the Suzuki Rally Trophy on Swift Sport R1B. The Italian Gravel Trophy is also producing a lot of spectacle in this second race of the season that has coefficient 1.5. Nicolò Marchioro on his Peugeot 208 T16 R5 alongside Marco Marchetti is leading the pack with firm pace. Marchioro was also fourth in the absolute classification and first of the “Gravel” specialists, leading Andrea Dalmazzini and Andrea Albertini on Ford Fiesta R5, sixth absolute. Dedo on Skoda Fabia R5 and Gianmarco Donetto on Ford Fiesta R5, were respectively third and fourth in the gravel trophy.






The second day of the 24th Rally Adriatico will take place tomorrow and will award the usual points valid for the Italian Championship and name the winner of the rally. Two stages will have to be repeated three times: “Laghi” and “Panicali” for a total 48.18 competitive kms. The finish line of the rally will be in Cingoli’s viale Valentini tomorrow at 16,00.


CLASSIFICATION 24th RALLY ADRIATICO - DAY 1: 1. Scandola-D'Amore R5 (Skoda Fabia R5) in 33'35.1; 2. Andreucci -Andreussi (Peugeot 208 T16 R5) at 28; 3.Campedelli-Ometto (Ford Fiesta R5) at 30.1; 4.Rovanpera- Pietilainen (Peugeot 208 T16) at 35.4; 5.Marchioro-Marchetti (Peugeot 208 T16 R5) at 54.9 ; 6. Dalmazzini -Albertini (Ford Fiesta R5) at 1’01.9; 7.Dedo-Inglesi (Skoda Fabia R5) at 1’07.5 ;8. Donetto - Menchini (Ford Fiesta R5) at 1'12.9; 8. 3; 9. Ceccoli-(Ford Fiesta R5 St) at 1’13.3; 10.Bresolin-Pollet ( Peugeot 208 R5) at 1’20.3.

CIR Classification: Andreucci 31,50; Scandola 22,50; Campedelli 21,50; Perico 18

CIR 2WD Classification: Gilardoni 38; Pollara 36.

CIR Junior Classification: Pollara 22,5; Bottarelli 14,5; Mazzocchi 14; De Tommaso 10.

CIR Constructors Classification: 1.Peugeot 39,5; Skoda 29,5.