The fight is still open, however, waiting for the second challenging stage of tomorrow. Great performance of Giandomenico Basso, Skoda Fabia R5, second at 15.8'' while among the members of the Italian Rally Championship Paolo Andreucci, Peugeot 208 T16 R5 is leading with a wide margin
Fiuggi, Saturday 21st July 2018 - A very long and intense day for the 6th Rome Capital Rally, a race organized by Motorsport Italia valid for the Italian Rally Championship and for the FIA European Championship, which has seen a series of ongoing withdrawals and problems that hit some of the favorites for the victory, and that consequently have affected both the European and the Italian rankings. The Russians closed leading the absolute ranking. The general ranking of the rally sees the foreign drivers participating in the ERC at the moment prevailing on the Italian drivers, but the bad luck has stopped first Umberto Scandola, breaking the transmission of his Skoda Fabia R5, and then Simone Campedelli, Ford Fiesta R5 who had to withdraw after a double puncture, cutting off from the race two drivers who had proven to be able to aim for victory.
Leading the general ranking, the Russians Lukyanuk and Arnautov on the Ford Fiesta R5, currently second in the European Championship, which preceded Giandomenico Basso, Skoda Fabia R5, and the German Fabian Kreim. The withdrawals of Umberto Scandola and Simone Campedelli, also influenced the race of Paolo Andreucci, paired with David Castiglioni, who found himself firmly in first place among the claimants to the Cir.
Of course, the Tuscan driver's stage, who is recovering from an operation to a vertebra had less than a week ago, has to be considered absolutely extraordinary. Among the members of the CIR the situation is currently this; behind the Tuscan follows Antonio Rusce, then Giacomo Scattolon, Skoda Fabia R5, Andrea Crugnola, winner of the last race of the day on Ford Fiesta R5, Andrea Dalmazzini, Ford Fiesta R5, and Marco Pollara, Peugeot 208 T16 R5.
Among the members of the CIR Junior excellent speed test for Damiano De Tommaso, first with his Peugeot 208 R2 and leader of the day also in the Italian Championship Two Wheels Drive. Among the young drivers of the French car also a good performance for Alessandro Nerobutto and Tommaso Ciuffi. Among the Renault is currently the best Ivan Ferrarotti in front of Riccardo Canzian. As for the single-brand Suzuki Rally Trophy, Giorgio Cogni leads the special ranking, ahead of Stafano Martinelli. The final verdict is postponed until tomorrow with the second and final Roman stage for the actors of the European and Italian Championships who will continue the race in the province of Rome and Simbruini Mountains and then reach the Lungomare di Ostia starting at 7:18 pm where the last special stage will take place: the Super Special "Sky Gate". Also on the Pontile di Ostia, in conclusion, there will be the award ceremony and the grand final on the podium.
ABSOLUT RANKING RALLY DI ROMA CAPITALE AFTER PS8: 1. Lukyanuk-Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5) in 1.01’31.2; 2. Basso-Lucca (Skoda Fabia R5) a +15.8; 3.Kreim-Christian (Skoda Fabia R5) a + 40.4; 4. Grzyb-Wrobel (Skoda Fabia R5) a 41.8; 5. Andreucci-Castiglioni (Peugeot 208 T16 R5) a +48.0; 6. Magalhaes-Magalhaes (Skoda Fabia R5) a 1’11.9; 7. Nordgren-Suominen (Skoda Fabia R5) a +1’25.7; 8. Ingram-Whittock (Skoda Fabia R5) a 2’06.5; 9. Rusce-Farnocchia (Ford Fiesta R5) a +2’11.9; 10. Ahlim- Sjoberg (Skdoa Fabia R5) a +2’18.4