At the starting line of the Monza Rally will be the young Italian Andrea Mabellini, winner of the 2020 Abarth Rally Cup, and his compatriot Roberto Gobbin, 1st and 4th respectively in the FIA R-GT rankings.
At the same time, the Vallelunga circuit will host the final round of the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth.
After winning the 2020 Abarth Rally Cup, the young Italian Andrea Mabellini takes part this weekend in the ACI Rally Monza, the final round of the WRC World Championship, also valid for the FIA R-GT Cup, in practice the Gran Turismo 'world championship', the last two editions of which were won by Abarth 124 rally models: in 2018 with the Frenchman Raphaël Astier and last year with the Italian Enrico Brazzoli.
This time, Mabellini is competing alongside Virginia Lenzi, with whom he previously obtained an excellent 2nd place in the R-GT category in 2017, making his debut in the Abarth 124 rally, behind the expert Andrea Nucita.
Italian driver Roberto Gobbin also started in an Abarth 124 rally, with Alessandro Cervi, currently 4th in the FIA R-GT Cup standings.
A stage of the WRC World Championship, the ACI Rally Monza is particularly difficult both for the track - which includes stages on the circuit with some stretches on gravel roads and others in the Bergamasca mountains - and for the typically wintry weather conditions.
The race starts at the Monza track on Thursday, December 3rd at 1:50 pm, with the first special stage on the racetrack. Friday 4th, 5 more special stages will take place on the circuit, with the competitors facing 6 special stages in the Bergamasca mountains Sunday, December 6th. Sunday will see the conclusion on the racetrack with two time trials, the total of which will be 241 km, on an overall course of 513 km.
At the same time, the Vallelunga circuit will host the final round of the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth, a one-make championship reserved for young karting drivers competing at the wheel of the high-performance single-seaters powered by the Abarth engine.
At the starting line of the last event, this season will be 30 drivers representing 19 nations.
With the Italian Gabriele Minì (Prema Powerteam) already having won the championship mathematically, the challenge for second place is still on, between Italy's Francesco Pizzi (Van Amersfoort Racing) with 191 points, Sweden's Dino Beganovic (Prema Powerteam) with 168 points, and another Italian, Andrea Rosso (CRAM Motorsport) with 139 points.
The schedule for the weekend includes two practice sessions on Friday, December 4th. Saturday 5th, the qualifying rounds will take place at 9:50 and 10:15 am, with the first of the three races at 2 pm. The other two heats start on Sunday at 10 am and 3 pm. Live streaming on www.acisport.it.
Current standings in the FIA R-GT Cup: 1. Luc Caprasse (BEL, Abarth 124 rally) and Andrea Mabellini (ITA, Abarth 124 rally), 25 points each; 3. Petr Nešetřil (CZE, Porsche 997 GT3), 18; 4. Roberto Gobbin (ITA, Abarth 124 rally), 15; 5. Dariusz Poloński (POL, Abarth 124 rally), 12.
Current standings in the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth: 1. Gabriele Minì (ITA, Prema Powerteam), 276, 2020 champion; 2. Francesco Pizzi (ITA, Van Amersfoort Racing), 191; 3. Dino Beganovic (SWE, Prema Powerteam), 168; 4. Andrea Rosso (ITA; Cram Motorsport), 139; 5. Gabriel Bortoleto (BRA, Prema Powerteam), 133.
Turin, December 3rd, 2020