Trofeo Abarth 500 will be making its debut on this
weekend (Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March) at the Monza
track; this one-make championship stars the Abarth 500
Assetto Corse with their powerful 190 bhp engines. Monza
is the Trofeo Abarth 500’s first outing and
includes six events of two races each. There are free
trials, a qualifying heat of 25 minutes, and two 50 km
races. The starting grid for the second race will depend
on the best lap times that are achieved in the first
Abarth 500 races are part of a high-profile scenario,
like the Ferrari Challenge-Pirelli Trophy and the CSAI
Championships. After the Monza event, there will be races at
Mugello on 3 May, at Imola on 17 May, at Magione on 7 June,
at Mugello on 27 September and at Vallelunga on 11 October.
There is a
lavish prize pool of 4,500 euros to be split amongst the
first five over the finish line in each race and a top prize
of an Abarth 500 for the overall winner, while the runner-
up will win free registration for the 2010 Trophy.
Competitors’ names will be announced this week.
There is a lot
of breath-holding for the debut of this vehicle with its
out-and-out racing features but very affordable if compared
to other sports cars around. It was precisely on the Monza
circuit that some spectacular historic races were seen, with
cars scraping past on the straight. A spectacle that will be
revived with today’s Abarth 500 Assetto Corse cars, all
fitted out and prepared directly by the Officine Abarth,
then delivered to the “Abarth Racing” tuners who take care
of racetrack maintenance and support. For sports car
customers the brand has actually created an Italian tuner
network – called “Abarth Racing” – that is the privileged
gateway to Abarth races.
“Abarth Racing” network is highly specialized and currently
includes nine companies famous for their many years of
experience in the car engine and race world: Uboldi Corse
with Autoalberta by Uboldi Corse (Lomazzo, Como);
Carrozzeria Campana (Modena); Forza Service (Turin); Romeo
Ferraris (Opera, Milan); Rosso Corsa (San Zeno Naviglio,
Brescia); Trico Motor Sport (Alessandria); Officina Foresi (Civitanova
Marche, Macerata); Procar (Casalguidi, Pistoia); Zatti Sport
A VIP car will
attend every race, although it won’t be competing: an Abarth
500 Assetto Corse driven by a famous figure from the car
engine, sport or entertainment worlds. Further proof of
Abarth’s commitment to spreading racing culture and one more
occasion for drumming up enthusiasm in the racing public.
Organisation for teams and drivers is enhanced by Abarth’s
offer of precision service in circuit paddocks, conceived as
an organisation and meeting centre for all competitors.
Anyone with a
driver’s licence can register for the Abarth 500 Trophy and
an extension is offered to anyone over 15 as long as they
have a national licence awarded after taking a special
course with the CSAI Federal School.
The Abarth 500
European Trophy will rev up in late May and is actually
partnering six WTCC-World Touring Car Championship events.
The first event is on 31 May in Valencia (Spain), continuing
on 21 June at Brno (Czech Republic), 5 July at Porto
(Portugal), 19 July at Brands Hatch (GB), 6 September at
Oschersleben (Germany), closing at Imola on 20 September.
Once again there will be two races for each date, with cash
prizes of 4,500 euros per event and an Abarth 500 for the