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Abarth 124 Rally Debuts - 7 May 19

The Abarth 124 rally successfully debuts in the Islas Canarias Rally, the second race of the European ERC2 Championship and the first round of the Abarth Rally Cup

  • In the Abarth Rally Cup Alberto Monarri (SPA) and Alberto Chamorro (SPA) preceded Carlos Garcia Perez (SPA) and Jordi Diaz Negrin (SPA) both on an Abarth 124 rally from the SMC Junior Motorsport team.
  • Third place for the Polish Dariusz Polonski and Lukasz Sitek, fourth place for the Italians Andrea Nucita and Michele Ferrara.
  • Monarri has lead the race from the beginning to the end, ending at the 16° place.

The spanish pilots dominated the second race of the European ERC2 Championship and the first race of the  Abarth rally Cup, the Abarth 124 rally championship, that takes place within 6 dates of 8 events of the European Championship.

Alberto Monarri (SPA), with Alberto Chamorro (SPA), driving the Team SMC Junior Motorsport’s Abarth 124 rally, has in fact won the RC2 and R-GT category in the Islas Canarias Rally, preceding the compatriots and teammates Carlos Garcia Perez (SPA) and Jordi Diaz Negrin (SPA) at the end of a race that saw them in the front of the rank. The two Spanish pilots conquered the 16° place overall and they stood out in the 2 motor wheels class. Thanks to this success Monarri now leads the ranks of the Abarth Rally Cup of the European Championship ERC2 and the 2 wheels drive of the Spanish rally Championships’ ones, of which he is now the leader.

Third place for the Polish Dariusz Polonski and Lukasz Sitek, fourth place for the Italians Andrea Nucita and Michele Ferrara, they were caught by a technical difficulty in the first stage of the race. In the second day Nucita tried to perform a comeback, obtaining a good performance in the faster special stages characterized by a high spectacular race, which caught the public’s eye.

Alberto Monarri (SPA): “I’m enthusiast about this victory in the Spanish race of the championship. The public incited me in both races. The 2019 version of the Abarth 124 rally is more performant and makes it easier to get great times on every kind of course”.

Carlos Garcia Perez (SPA): “These are the streets on which I began to race and I’m very happy about the result and amazed by the Abarth 124 rally’s performance, which I was driving for the first time”.

Dariusz Polonski (POL): “After I went off-road in the first stage, which slowed me down a lot, in the second one I concentrated on learning to drive this extraordinary car. An experience that will be useful in the next championship’s races”.

Andrea Nucita (ITA): “The beginning of the race was difficult and in the second part I think I showed the car’s competitivity, which in the past two seasons gave me many satisfactions”.

In the 16 special races Monarri achieved 8 successes, Nucita 7 and Garcia Perez 1.

The next appointment in the Abarth Rally Cup is the Liepāja Rally in Latvia from May 24 to May 26, where the Abarth 124s will race in a gravel way.

Abarth Rally Cup’s standing after the Islas Canaris Rally: 1. Monarri-Chamorro (SPA) 25; 2. Garcia Perez-Diaz Negrin (SPA) 18; 3. Polonski-Sitek (POL) 15; 4. Nucita-Ferrara (ITA) 12.

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