The curtain falls on the Italian Historic Terra Rally Championship and at Clacson Motorsport it is time to take stock, at the end of a final weekend that brought important satisfactions to both the queens of the past and the modern cars.
Last weekend, between Friday and Saturday, the Brunello Storico Rally took place, the final round of the CIRTS, where Corrado Costa took the title in Class 4 J2 NA 1600 2WD, which ultimately eluded him by just three points after two intense days of racing to say the least.
The driver from San Marino, together with Domenico Mularoni, took tenth place overall in the Opel Corsa GSI Group A, seventh place in the fourth group and third place in class 4/NA/J2/1600.
Completing his tricolor was seventh place in the general two-wheel drive category and fifth in the group, a source of satisfaction for an experienced protagonist of 2023.
Victorious debut, first on gravel and at the wheel of the Opel Corsa GSI Group A from Strigno, for Tommaso Fantei, on his right Andrea Calandroni, winner of class 4/NA/J2/1600, good fifth in the fourth group and eighth overall.
“It was all new to us and it wasn’t easy” – says Fantei – “but once we started to understand a few things, we gained confidence and courage. Thanks to Diego Gonzo’s advice, we got into an excellent rhythm and were able to achieve an unexpected result. The earth is a material that is as difficult as it is fascinating. I would like to thank Diego and his staff very much for their professionalism and the interpersonal relationships they have built. I hope to be able to give him and the entire team even more of this joy on our next trips together.”
There was also a lot of enthusiasm and strong emotions for Mirko Emanuele, who made his rally debut together with Daniele Grechi in the third Opel Corsa GSI Group A.
Coming from the world of Cross Country, the third point of the Trentino racing team, one of the historic ones, did not take long to familiarize himself with a completely new context and took seventh place in 4/NA/J2/ 1600 and in the sixteenth of the group.
Among the modern, in view of a Brunello rally that preceded the historic one, a good performance by Roberto Galluzzi, with Andrea Montagnani to his right, who brought the Opel Corsa GSI Group A in A6 to the top step of the podium, for example another great first dance.
“Positive debut for us” – says Galluzzi – “because we had never driven the Corsa in the sixteen-valve version and it was also our Brunello debut, a race that I always wanted to experience and in which we finally took part this year .” . The Corsa proved to be a nervous and demanding car, but I really liked it. It was never straight, not even on a straight line. We had a good start right from the start and the satisfaction of being faster than some Rally5s and Rally4s with an old lady from thirty years ago made us very happy. It’s a shame that we never did the two long tests that we didn’t have in the modern team. Thanks to Diego and his staff, top cars and always very useful advice. Thanks to all the partners who supported us here.”