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The XXIX Rallye Elba Storico-Trofeo Locman Italy awaits tricolor and continental challenges

08-09-2017 20:20 - Archive
NUMBER 03 - Livorno, 08 September 2017

The XXIX Rallye Elba Storico-Trofeo Locman Italy awaits tricolor and continental challenges

From September 21st to 23rd, challenges of great technical and sporting content will be repeated, with another edition of a race that will confirm his fame.

The best Italian and European interpreters of historic cars are waiting, ready to duel on the streets of the Myth.

Great also for the double challenge proposed by the Trophy A112 Abarth.

There will be ten scheduled Special Stages, studied for agonism but conceived both to allow to live the island to the participants and not to be too invasive for the territory.

Also scheduled is sport regularity race, indispensable appointment for the experts of the specialty

Tomorrow closure of the entries.

There are few days left for the XXIX Rallye Elba Storico -Trofeo Locman Italy, scheduled for 21, 22 and 23 September, a constant for years for the post-vacancy period of Elba Island, perfect to extend the elongation of the tourist season, to enjoy the sensations of a unique territory and to feel the passion, the story. A sporting history among the most exciting in the world.

Valid as the seventh Event of the European Rally Championships and the penultimate of the Italian Championship, the race includes the opportunity to play the "Regularity Sport" and then an exclusive Porsche Rally is planned. There will also be valid for the Trophy A112 Abarth, for the Michelin Historic Cup and for the Memorial Fornaca.

The event presented by ACI Livorno Sport, that will close the entries period tomorrow, will be a great, deep moment for the specialty. The double Italian and continental validity will, as a custom of adrenaline moments, performance but also even strong technical indications.

In the EHRSC many games are still open, so the Elban appointment is awaited to see if someone of the drivers can approach the own Category title, maybe seeing the tricolor flying again on the highest flagpole.
In category 1 the Italian Antonio Parisi (Porsche 911) leads with a fair margin on his compatriot Carlo Fiorito (Porsche 911), and certainly the results in Elba could be decisive for the win of one of the two claimants.
Category 2 sees the French Eric Comas (Lancia Stratos) leading with a not too wide margin on the Finnish Ville Silvasti, so the transalpine on the island will have to make a full effort by exploiting the agility of the Queen car of the seventies and eighties rallies , but also beware of the danger, for both of them, who can come from Luciano Da Zanche (Porsche 911), one always been well inspired by Elba.
In Category 3 there is a duel between the Italian Maurizio Pagella (Porsche 911) and the other Finnish Pentti Veikkanen. They are close, certainly their dualism can produce a great show on the road.
Lucky (Lancia Delta 16V), in category 4, is largely leading on the Spanish Concueva, so it will be a formality, to acquire important points to get the title´s certainty.

The stories of the Italian Championship, on the other hand, will come to Elba with several question marks, after the end of August at the Rally Alpi Orientali. The titles of first and the second group could be decided on the island. Marco Dall´Acqua (Porsche 911) leads for five points this group on the paired Massimo Giuliani (Lancia Fulvia HF) and Antonio Parisi (Porsche 911), while in the second category Salvini (Porsche 911 Carrera), Bertinotti (Porsche 911) and Negri (Porsche 911) will play all for everything and Da Zanche, a little behind in the classificatoin, could be the balance needle. "Lucky" could grab the title in the fourth, looking for the fight, only for the second place, between Marco Bianchini and Elia Bossalini, being paired at 42 points after the Friuli rally. Finally, Rimoldi, Superti (both on Porsche 911) and Nerobutto (Opel Kadett GT/E), are separated between them only for 8 points in the third group.

Great is also the wait to see again the funs of the Trophy A112 Abarth, which as usual will run two races in one (each stage will make a stand-alone classification). This monobrand Trophy, real and unique remake of the glorious trophy of the eighties, comes to Elba for his last seasonal fatigue with an optimal ranking situation for Luigi Battistel, with three victories and two second places. Obviously, now he is the favorite, but there is still a residual hope for the young 21-year-old Raffaele Scalabrin, who will certainly try the attack to the lead, lookin over him´s shoulder in turn by the Cochis, who follows him in the standings, certainly determined to achieve the seasonal silver. Surely the participants to the Trophy will arrive on the island in large numbers (35 total crews), so there could be surprises in the final standings.

Thanks to the wide consensus obtained since 2011, when general logistics moved to Capoliveri, ACI Livorno Sport has drawn the 2017 edition, ready to consolidate the high quality offered in past editions.

As a custom is an event that has been conceived for the whole island and for its territory, which favors the image, the communication and also the economic relapse with the emotional tourism, from the event itself.

To give the most immediate example, last year, thirteen were the nations represented by race crews and over 8,000 units around the registered movement of the present with various roles at the event last year.

Nothing has changed compared to the previous four issues with regard to Rallye logistics: the Headquarters of the event is confirmed at Capoliveri at the functional and exclusive facilities of Hotel Elba International, exclusive location overlooking the Gulf of Porto Azzurro, where will be organized the Race Direction, the Secretariat and the Press Room.

ACI Livorno Sport, has again scheduled three days of challenges, with a total of 10 Special Stages (136,900 kilometers of competitive, that is, 33.47% of the total distance that is 446,580). They are "historical" trails, which have seen in more than one fascinating sporting event.

Just a few touches to the path of the recent past have been made to comply with international standards, especially with regard to the stages to be carried out in the dark, but in any case going to the maximum allowed mileage, just to make the challenge as usually passionate and full of impressive sports technical ideas. The Safety as usual for ACI Livorno Sport is an indispensable topic: the organizer has always shown great sensitivity to the theme and again this year reconfirms this factor at the highest levels.

A revamped look, however, but not so much, which will surely be appreciated by those who will run, who will have ahead of him a Rally ready to convey those vibrant feelings that it is possible to feel only in a competition on the Elban roads.

The Rallye Elba Storico will start in the evening of Thursday, September 21st: from 19.00, competitors will descend from the ramp in Capoliveri, Piazza Matteotti, and will immediately face up the "Due Colli" (12,290 km) and "Capoliveri" (Km 4,900), in the classic circuit in the town. Then, crews will enter the night regroupment from 22.00

The second day of the race, Friday 22 September, which will resume at 8.30, provides for four more specials, with a final day at 16.00, always in Capoliveri.

The next day, on Saturday, September 23, the big finals, with four more stretches: the challenges will start at 08.30 and the checkered flag, always in Capoliveri, will flutter from 14.00.

The timetables of each end of the two legs have been studied for this edition in order to make life more and more to the participants in Elba and its beauties, combining in a concrete way sports and tourism, exploiting the pleasant - and still long – september days.

Locman Italy, Moby / Toremar, the Municipalities of Capoliveri, Marciana, Rio nell´Elba, Porto Azzurro, Rio nell´Elba, Rio Marina, Portoferraio, Campo Nell´Elba and Marciana Marina, in addition to Eni, Bardahl, Gigoni, Uliveto, Conad Nocentini Group, Acqua dell´Elba, Sales, Sara Assicurazioni, Bulky Soft, Autoparts, Banca Cras, 3A Barontini, Elba International Hotel and of course The Automobile Club Livorno also for the 2017 edition of the race will support the organization with their strong passion for the motorsport and in particular for the Rallye Elba Storico.

The 2016 edition of the race was won by "Pedro" - Baldaccini, with a Lancia Rally 037.


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