After twenty years of waiting, the Cronoscalata Levico – Vetriolo – Panarotta has finally returned to its place, the place among the important appointments.
The Trentino climb, carried out last weekend, not only had the task of giving life to a new stage of the Italian Mountain Speed Trophy in the northern area, but also had the honor of breaking the ice in an unprecedented series break, the Seat Ibiza Cup that many have been waiting for.
The Rally Team spearheaded Romy Dall’Antonia and the flag-bearer of Rosà’s team aboard the Seat Ibiza Cupra came close to winning, missing by just over a second and finishing in pride of place. He wasn’t just the cup winner , but also finished a good fourth place in the RSTC class and a fifth place in the RSCUP group, making his debut on the Spanish car.
“Apart from the fact that everything was new to me on a technical level,” says Dall’Antonia, “the weather conditions also helped to complicate the situation. We did very well in practice and ended up on pole position. In the first race the weather helped us and despite the fog at the top, the track was cold and dry. We won the first climb and gave our pursuers a little over two seconds advantage, but it was just the two of us and managed to go under five minutes. I didn’t want to risk anything in the second race and decided to keep the same pace, confident that in terms of time it could be enough to win the race. Mezzacasa took a chance and it worked out for him. That’s the nice thing about brand shops, always the same machines and close skirmishes. I think as the season progresses we will see some good results in this Ibiza championship.”
Enrico Trolio also did well, aboard his usual Peugeot 106 Rallye, on the top step of the podium in the E11600 class, but also in a good fifth place overall in the E1 Italia group.
“A very good race,” says Trolio, “characterized by a long distance, just the way I like it.” In my opinion, one of the best races of all time, if not the best ever, from an organizational point of view. We did very well, although the weather didn’t cooperate in the second race. We were on slicks and it was raining, which meant that we lost several positions in the overall standings. We won the Millesei and finished fifth in the group, behind four Skoda Fabia R5 cars that were much more powerful than our 106. The car performed very well and we had important results for the next race in the Italian championship. Thanks to my father who was always there and Paolo who spent the nights finishing the car. Thanks to my family.”
The rust that had accumulated on the steering wheel during the year’s absence affected Daniel Filini’s performance, at least initially, in the race in a Team Autocar Group N Peugeot 106 Rallye.
The third striker of the Vicenza club, after taking measurements on the Transalpine manufacturer’s front-wheel drive, managed to find the right harmony with the vehicle, allowing him to spend the two days in Trentino in tenth place in the NS1600 complete class.