The Abarth 124 Rally’s winning streak continued last weekend with three more important successes in the R-GT categories of the Italian, Spanish and Swiss Rally Championships which comes just a week after it swept the top four positions on the World Rally Championship-counting Tour de Corse.
On the 65th Rally Sanremo, young Italian Cristopher Lucchesi, together with co-driver Massimiliano Bosi drivin for the Rally Evolution team, repeated the R-GT win they earned on the 1° Rally Il Ciocco e Valle del Serchio which opened the 2018 Italian Championship.
On the tough Italian rally, they also finished finished an excellent twenty first overall, ahead of Alberto Mussa with Titty Lucchesi (Eurospeed Societa' Sportiva Di) who came thirty fifth.
Lucchesi/Bosi and Mussa/Lucchesi were the only two entries in the R-GT class on the legendary rally.
Christopher Lucchesi was pleased with the result. "I enjoyed driving the car on these roads that enhance its handling and power features", he said afterwards.
In Spain’s 36th Rally Sierra Morena, which counted towards the Campeonato de España de Rally 2018, the Abarth 124 Rally won the R-GT class thanks for the efforts of Alberto Monarri and Rodrigo Sanjuán.
Although they were the only R-GT entry on the rally and victory was a formality if they reached the finishline the pair turned in a very strong drive to get in among the front of the two-wheel-drive cars and finished an excellent sixth place overall as well as fifth in the European Rally Trophy rankings amongst the sixty one cars that survived the twelve stage, two leg rally.
It was a winning debut for the Spanish driver who was behind the wheel of the Abarth 124 Rally for the first time. "The car is incredibly spectacular,” Monarri said. “The public was cheering us on and the end result was extremely satisfactory.”
There was another winning debut, this time for the Zeughaus Garage team, which fielded an Abarth 124 Rally driven by Swiss duo Beat and Janine Wissen on the Criterium Jurassien, the opening round the Championnat Suisse Rallye 2018.
They were also the only entry in the R-GT class but came home a solid thirty third overall as all the Abarth 124 Rally machines in action at the weekend crossed their respective finishlines reliably.
Last weekend Scorpion competitive action also continued – this time on the race track – at Oschersleben inGermany, as the opening round of the ADAC F4 Championship powered by Abarth, in which young drivers drawn upwards from karting show off their skills in the single-seaters powered by the 160 HP Abarth T-jet engine, got underway.
German driver Lirim Zendeli won the first two races while Briton Oliver Caldwell claimed victory in the third and final race. Brazilian Enzo Fittipaldi, grandson of F1 legend Emerson, improved as the weekend got underway. He finished fourth in Race 1, third in Race 2 and second in Race 3.
Meanwhile it doesn't stop there as the fifth season of the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth kicks off this coming weekend at the Adria Circuit.
Photos: Abarth 124 Rally (season 2018)