The race valid for the Italian rally and for the European championship officially started from Castel Sant'Angelo and continued with the great show at the "Colosseo Quadrato"
Rome, Friday 20 July 2018 - Another intense day for the 6th Rome Capital Rally, valid for the Italian Championship and for the FIA European Championship, with the official start from Castel Sant'Angelo, followed by the "walk" of the registered crews in the most important places of the Eternal city and ended in the late afternoon, with a special stage in Eur in front of the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana.
The best lap time was obtained by the crew of Nikolay Gryazin and Yaroslav Fedorov with the Skoda Fabia R5. Second place for the Russians Lukyanuk and Arnautov on the Ford Fiesta R5, who finished just five tenths of a second from the top. Third place for the Turks Orhan Avcioglu and Burcin Korkmaz who ended up on Skoda Fabia R5 six tenths of a second from Gryazin. The Polish Grzegorz Grzyb finished as fourth overall in this first round in behind of a second and three tenths from the first team.
First among the Italians and fifth in the overall classification Umberto Scandola, finished at 1'04 from the winner, with the Skoda Fabia R5 fitted with DMACK tires. Second among the protagonists of CIR only four tenths from Scandola finished Paolo Andreucci, who is proving to have recovered completely from the accident incurred few days ago. Behind him the Venetian Giandomenico Basso with the Skoda Fabia R5 just one tenth from the Tuscan pilot. Some problems for Simone Campedelli whose Ford Fiesta did not seem to run to the maximum in the stage "ACI Roma Arena", taking almost ten seconds from the other Italian drivers.
Minimum distances, for a special stage with a lot of public as usual short but that gave an incredible show to the thousands of spectators present.
In the first two-man fights between the participants in the Italian Junior, first positive feedback for Andrea Mazzocchi in front of Jacopo Trevisani of half a second, while between the challenge of Suzuki Swift R1 is Stefano Martinelli the fastest of only half a second on Giorgio Cogni. Among the two challengers in the Italian Due Ruote Motrici, they closed with the same time trial Ivan Ferrarotti and Riccardo Canzian, both aboard the Renault Clio R3T.
ABSOLUTE RALLY CLASSIFICATION OF ROME CAPITAL AFTER THE PS1: 1. Gryazin-Fedorov (Skoda Fabia R5) in 1'48.1; 2. Lukyanuk-Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5) at 0.5; 3. Avcioglu-Korkmaz (Skoda Fabia R5) at 0.6; 4. Grzyb-Wrobel (Skoda Fabia R5) to 1.3; 5.Scalla-D'Amore (Skoda Fabia R5) to 1.4; 6.Andreucci-Castiglioni (Peugeot 208 T16) to 1.8; 7. Low-Lucca (Skoda Fabia R5) at 1.9; 8. Kreim- Frank (Skoda Fabia R5) at 2.0; 9. Magalhaes B.- Magalhaes H. (Skoda Fabia R5) to 2.2; 10. Ingram Whittock (Skoda Fabia R5) at 2.4.