The Abarth 124 rally Shines in Romania with Tincescu-Pop’s Overall Fourth Place in the Sibiu Rally
- Romanians Florin Tincescu and Alina Pop reasserted their standing in their national Championship by scoring another win in the R-GT category for Abarth 124 rally.
- In Monza, the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione put up a great show. Race1 was won by Finn Pajuranta and Race2 by Italian Mabellini.
It was another great racing weekend for the Abarth 124 rally in Romania, with the fourth place in the overall ranking scored in the Sibiu Rally by Florin Tincescu and Alina Pop, who reasserted their standing among the leaders of the hard-fought Romanian Rally Championship.
In the Sibiu Rally, characterized by very fast special stages on mountain roads, the Bernini Rally Team Abarth 124 kept a fast pace allowing the Romanian crew to dominate among the R-GTs and even to set their eyes on a very prestigious absolute result. The general balance of the spider with the scorpion badge, combined with excellent set-up and the rear wheel drive, proved to be very effective, particularly on the most twisted parts of the course, where the remarkable agility and manoeuvrability of the car came into play.
“With this result we confirmed the value of the Abarth 124 rally on all types of courses”, said Tincescu. “Here, we had to exploit all the power delivered out from the tightest corners and we found the perfect set-up to be fast.”
Just as spectacular was the show on the Monza circuit for the sixth and penultimate round of the Abarth Selenia Trophy with the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione and the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse as the leading stars.
At an average speed of almost 160 km per hour, the 2018 title contenders staged a number of breath-taking duels on the razor’s edge in Monza. The first race was won by the Finn Juuso Pajuranta, ahead of Italian Cosimo Barberini, leader of the general ranking of the championship, by a hair’s breadth. Race 2 was won by young Italian Andrea Mabellini with Barberini second once again. Merit of these two well-deserved second places, Barberini is still leading the general ranking of the Trophy Abarth Selenia with a score of 232 points, against Pajuranta’s 207 and Mabellini’s 202.
This means that the championship title will be awarded in the last heat of the Abarth Selenia Trophy, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 27-28 on the Mugello circuit in Tuscany.
Again in Monza the members of the Scorpionship, the exclusive community of the Scorpion with more than 100.000 members, and the local Abarth clubs crowded the paddock and the hospitality Abarth area. They enjoyed the unique opportunity to meet the drivers, watch the mechanics preparing the cars, experience the pre-race excitement and enjoy the atmosphere of the legendary Monza paddock.
Abarth Selenia Trophy
Standings Race1: 1. Juuso Pajuranta (FIN) 13 laps in 28’47″116; 2. Cosimo Barberini (ITA) at 0″149; 3. Andrea Mabellini (ITA) at 34″642; 4. Robin Appelqvist (SWE) at 34″946; 5. Stefano Fiamingo (ITA) at 51″915; 6. Biagio Caruso (ITA) at 1’06″109; 7. “Gioga” (ITA) at 1’14″932; 8. Cristian Boninsegna (ITA) at 1’29″755; 9. “Boga” (ITA) at 1’41″727; 10. Filippo Lazzaroni (ITA) at 1 lap (Abarth 500 Assetto Corse); 11. Aurora Coria (ITA) at 1 lap (Abarth 500 Assetto Corse). All other drivers in Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione cars.
Fastest lap: Cosimo Barberini in 2’11″291, average speed 158.8 km/h.
Standings Race2: 1. Andrea Mabellini (ITA) 12 laps in 28’14″680; 2. Cosimo Barberini (ITA) at 1″691; 3. Robin Appelqvist (SWE) at 21″015; 4. Stefano Fiamingo (ITA) at 28″142; 5. Biagio Caruso (ITA) at 37″995; 6. “Gioga” (ITA) at 57″930; 7. “Boga” (ITA) at 1’03″041; 8. Cristian Boninsegna (ITA) at 1’03″985; 9. Filippo Lazzaroni (ITA) at 1’37″039 (Abarth 500 Assetto Corse); 10. Aurora Coria (ITA) at 1 lap (Abarth 500 Assetto Corse). All other drivers in Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione cars.
Fastest lap: Juuso Pajuranta in 2’11″768, average speed 158.3 km/h.
Abarth Selenia Trophy overall standings: 1. Cosimo Barberini (ITA) 232 points; 2. Juuso Pajuranta (FIN) 207 points; 3. Andrea Mabellini (ITA) 202 points; 4. Robin Appelqvist (SWE) 144 points; 5. Stefano Fiamingo (ITA) 86 points.
Turin, 8 October 2018