The 2024 Attilio Bettega Cup Is Underway

A return to the past, to the glorious times of countersteering and crossings, on the roads that saw the strongest drivers in world rallying compete in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

The ninth edition of the Attilio Bettega Cup also partially follows the classic rallies routes of the time from Liège-Sofia-Liège to San Martino di Castrozza and Prealpi Venete. Severe routes, which require skill with the steering wheel, sensitivity with the accelerator, dexterity with the radar. Qualities that allowed pilots of the caliber of Munari, Kallstrom, Pinto and Darniche to achieve prestigious successes and champions such as Rohrl and Andruet to demonstrate all their value.
Along the 360 ​​kilometres, designed by the Rally Club 70, between the provinces of Vicenza, Trento and Belluno, the competitors will have to compete with the hairpin bends of the Valenevera test, Passo Brocon, the pitfalls of Arina and Celado, the pitfalls of the “Morello” ( Grigno) and the Brocon Pass.

A menu for connoisseurs, with a fine palate, and never mind if the Bettega Cup is not a rally but a medium regularity race. The difficulties will not be few and for eleven hours they will accompany the crews, testing their driving skills and the robustness of the vehicles, with the snow which will make the Coppa Bettega even more fascinating.

The race is divided into two parts, by a 45-minute reshuffle, with a single stage. The first part will start at 3.00 pm on Saturday 17 February from the historic Pedavena Brewery in Pedavena (BL) and will end in Pieve Tesino after 5 average tests and a refreshment point to give pilots and navigators the opportunity to refresh themselves and recover from the fatigue. Checkered flag in the middle of the night, after as many 5 average tests in Cismon del Grappa.

Two crews at the start of the race for the Scuderia Promotor Classic: with no. 25 the Simani-Ganassini crew on board a Fiat 124 Spider 1.8 and with no. 26 the Orsini-Mazza crew on board an Opel Ascona 1.9.

 

Photo Credits: Coppa Attilio Bettega website

The Romeo And Juliet Cup Arrives In Sicily

The first CIREAS race ended with the victory of Angelo Accardo and Linda Messina, in a Fiat 508C of Franciacorta Motori.

The first race of the Italian Championship, organized by the Automobile Club Verona, ACI Verona Sport and AC Verona Historic, saw the departure of 130 crews (121 historic and 9 modern) who took part in 62 timed trials under the constant rain that accompanied them throughout the day and added further difficulty to the competing crews.
The overall win was won by the regular drivers on a Fiat 508, Angelo Accardo and Linda Messina, followed by Fabio and Marco Salvinelli also on a Fiat 508 and the last step of the podium went to the young Nicola Barcella and Simone Rossoni, who also won the Under 30 cup , with their A112 Abarth and the Nicolis Trophy, a splendid crystal cup which is kept at the Villafranca Museum, bearing the name of the winners from year to year, delivered by Silvia Nicolis.
Federico and Alberto Riboldi (Fiat 508C) won the classification of timed trials 4, 14, 24, 34, 44 and 54 and won the PIT Top Trophy, dedicated to the memory of Fabrizio Pitondo, (artisan model maker) with a splendid scale model 1:43 of a Porsche Cayman in Sandeman livery from the Cayman Interseries USA 2010.
Gaetana Angino and Enrica Russo on an Autobianchi A112 Abarth win the women’s classification. The award was given by Dr. Claudio Pagliai, President of ANDOS Onlus, an association that works alongside women affected by breast cancer to support, help and make this path easier, who received a donation from the Automobile Club Verona in support.
The bearers of the Scuderia Promotor, Luca Patron finished in tenth place overall, winning the RC1 category and Alberto Diana, following a problem that cost him a 300, finished in 47th position.
Victory for the Franciacorta Motori team, which preceded Nettuno Bologna in second place and Brescia Corse in third place.
Cristina Biagi x Promotor Classic Magazine

CIREAS Starts Again With The Romeo And Juliet Cup

The Giulietta&Romeo Cup has started, the first round of CIREAS 2024

Under heavy rain, over 130 crews showed up at the Start on the Lenotti lakefront in Bardolino, on Lake Garda in the Veronese area. 

Under a leaden sky of rain and fog that merges the border between the sky and Lake Garda, the CIREAS Italian Historic Car Regularity Championship has just begun in the traditional setting of Bardolino on the occasion of the Giulietta&Romeo Cup, a classic regularity event organized by the Automobile Club Verona in collaboration with ACI Verona Sport and AC Verona Historic which will see around 130 crews at the start, coming as always from all over Italy.

The route of approximately 200 kilometres, marked by 62 timed tests, 5 time checks and a stamp check, will wind its way from Bardolino, where the cars will move towards Affi, Caprino Veronese, Lessinia, the upper Valpolicella and the Veronese bank of the Benaco, also passing through Fumane where a stop for lunch is planned.

The event also offers the Nicolis Trophy, reserved for the crew with the best overall performance net of correction coefficients, and the wonderful PIT Top Trophy, dedicated to his friend Maurizio Pitondo, who will pay homage with a 1:43 l Porsche model. the best performing crew in Time Trials 4, 14, 24, 34, 44, 54. 

The Giulietta&Romeo Cup is also valid for the newly created Verona-Mantua Regularity Challenge which combines events of this type in the two provinces.

All the big names announced were present, including the 2023 Italian champion crew, the one made up of Mario Passanante and Alessandro Molgora, at the start on Fiat 1100/103 TV. The two standard bearers of Franciacorta Motori say to each other: “Concentrated for the wet race but excited to start again with the championship”.  

The end of the race is scheduled for 3.45 pm, followed by the traditional ACI Storico Power Stage Classic, a real show of skill on three pressure switches right on the Garda lakefront, a test that this year will be included in the official ranking of the CIREAS.

Source: ACI Sport

The 2024 Rally Racing Meeting Returns To Vicenza

The Rally Racing Meeting 2024 returns to the pavilions of the Vicenza Fair on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February, an event organized by the two-time world rally champion Miki Biasion and now in its fourth edition.

This year’s protagonists will be all the models that competed indifferently in the special tests or on the track, achieving precious victories both on the dirt road and on the circuit or on the most famous climbs in Europe.

Among the top models are the Lancia Delta 037 and Beta Montecarlo in the dual rally and track versions. And again Porsches and “monsters” powered by 600+ horsepower engines.

WinteRace 2024, Less Than A Month To Go

WinterRace, the Cortina Classic, is back, now in its eleventh edition from 7 to 9 March 2024.

As many as 70 crews will be at the start of the race, of which 50 driving historic cars built up to 1999 and 20 with examples built from 2000 onwards, included in the special Icon section, of particular sporting interest or points of reference in world automotive production.

Participants come from all over Europe and also from overseas: in particular from Belgium, Luxembourg, Monte Carlo, Holland, Switzerland and Mexico. The drivers will have to travel 420 kilometres, divided into two stages, on the Dolomite roads between Italy and Austria, testing themselves with around 60 timed tests.

The program

On Friday 8 March, after departing from Cortina d’Ampezzo, the historical caravan will cross the Alpe di Siusi facing alpine passes, such as the Pinei, the Nigra and the Costalunga which had never been included in the routes of the previous editions of the WinteRace. Other new features include the transit through Castelrotto, Siusi and Fiè allo Sciliar, the visit to the Prösels Castle, the presentation of the cars in Moena, shortly before the stop in Vigo di Fassa. The return to Cortina d’Ampezzo (the first car will arrive at 5pm) includes passing through Passo San Pellegrino, Falcade, Cencenighe, Caprile, Selva di Cadore and Passo Giau.

The second stage. On Saturday 9 March, pilots and navigators will face the Giau Pass in the opposite direction, to then pass Forcella Staulanza and Forcella Cibiana in order. In this stage the cars will parade in Pieve di Cadore from where they will subsequently reach the Passo di Sant’Antonio. After transiting through Padola, they will stop at Passo Monte Croce di Comelico then in Dobbiaco. The return will follow the road towards Lake Misurina, the subsequent Passo Tre Croci to cross the finish line, finally, again in Cortina.

Photo Credits: WinterRace.it

MICHEL DECREMER AND JENNIFER HUGO WIN THE XXVI EDITION OF THE MONTE-CARLO HISTORIQUE RALLYE

It’s finally the last night of Monte Carlo, the night that everyone dreams of living from the first meter traveled at the start! The last start is given at 9pm to race on the two iconic special stages of this race, the two tests where the competitors risk everything…

La Sospel – Col de Turini SR 16 of 19.774 km with the summit finish, as in the latest WRC versions, and La Cabanette – Col de Braus SR17 of 13.811 km passing through the Col de L’Orme (1000 m) and the Col de l’Ablé (1149 m).
Unfortunately, the thick fog that envelops from the first meters of the last test decrees its cancellation, taking it would be too dangerous for the type of road, without references to the ground and without any lateral protection. ACM therefore decides to return the caravan without the final test.

The crews return to Monaco to climb the finish line in Monaco one last time, where they are all welcomed and celebrated: getting to the end is still a great victory!
But here the absolute winners are:
1′ Michel Decremer and Jennifer Hugo – Opel Ascona
2′ Giorgio Shon and Francesco Giammarino – Austin Mini Cooper
3′ Maurizio Aiolfi and Carlo Merenda – Lancia Beta Coupe

Who will be awarded tomorrow evening, Wednesday 7 February in the prestigious Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club of Monte-Carlo.

That’s all from the XXVI Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique… in the next few days we’ll find out more about the behind the scenes and the insiders.

Cristina Biagi for Promotor Classic Magazine

 

RMCH 2024: LAST DAY WITH MICHEL DECREMER ALWAYS IN COMMAND!

We have reached Tuesday 6 February, the last day of the competition. The competitors say goodbye to Valence at 7:00 am to head towards the SR13 the famous Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert – La-Motte-Chalancon of 19,987 km. Even today the day is characterized by clear weather and completely dry roads already in the early hours of dawn when we scouts pass, 2 hours before the first competitor. In the first two positions we find Michel Decremer and Giorgio Schon who continues to fight to keep the lead for the first, and to catch up with the second, but Maurizio Aiolfi from 5th position, climbs up to third position in the SR14 the Roussieux – Laborel of 19.932 km with the Col de Reychasset (1052 m) and the Col de Pierre-Vesce (1013 m).
The day continues south, towards the Principality of Monaco, the last special test of the day will be Collongues – Col de Saint-Raphaël, SR15 of 19.738 km where the first three group up a few seconds apart from each other:
Michel Decremer 890
Giorgio Schon 980
Maurizio Aiolfi 1000

What will the last two special tests have in store? Will they confirm or revolutionize the podium of the XXVI Rallye Montecarlo Historique?

Cristina Biagi for Promotor Classic Magazine

Photo Credits: ACM

RMCH 2024: MICHEL DECREMER CONFIRMS TO LEAD THE RANKING

We start this new week and this new day of competition with the sun accompanying the crews throughout the day. Even today we found dry and clean roads which did not cause any major problems even on the two massifs, Diois and Baronnies, which hosted the second part of the Common Stage.

The start was at 8.00 and the first test SR9 Valdrôme – La Piarre of 13.930 crossed the Col de Carabes (1261 m), a natural border between the departments of Drôme and Hautes-Alpes. Giorgio Schon with Francesco Giammarino nibble on second from Michel Decremer and Jennifer Hugo, but come back at a distance in today’s second test, SR10 Laborel – Montauban-sur-l’Ouvèze of 20.865 km
with the Col de Perty (1302 m) with its hairpin bends in the final downhill part.
The Buis les Baronnies time control greets the crews for the lunch break, a quick refreshment to set off again towards test 11 Sainte-Jalle – Rémuzat of 16.673 km which crosses the Col de Soubeyrand (987 m), a clean test which does not reserve any major changes with high temperatures which did not cause any difficulty for the crews who found, on this test, 15°C. Finally the Recoubeau-Jansac – Pennes-le-Sec SR12 of 16.282 km through the famous Col de Pennes (1040 m); a slightly more technical test with uphill hairpin bends and narrowing of the road that makes our crews dance on the downhill hairpin bends. The rock wall on one side and the overhanging walls offer some extra excitement especially in the shaded parts, where we find a bit of humidity.
Michel maintains the lead of the standings, losing only a few seconds to Giorgio who comes dangerously close, closing the gap. Maurizio Aiolfi also moves up the rankings to 4th position. 19th place for the winners of the 2023 edition Claudio Enz and Cristina Seeberger, 36th place for Fabio Loperfido and Simone Calosi in their first participation in Monte Carlo.
Our Dakariano Garosci-Briani crew lost two positions, finishing in 46th position on the Fiat Ritmo “Alitalia”.

The last stop of the day in Crest with a checkpoint before returning to Valence which welcomes us one last
night.
Final day of the race tomorrow with 3 tests along the route that takes us back to Monte Carlo where the last two special tests await us, the last great night which always offers unique and unforgettable emotions and which often turns the rankings upside down.
We will continue to tell you about the thrill of living this adventure called Rallye Montecarlo Historique!
Cristina Biagi for Promotor Classic Magazine