A Successful Closer for Motorsport Italia and Mario Stagni


25 November

It was a successful weekend at the Monza Rally Show for Motorsport Italia and Mario Stagni, flanked by Laura Rovagnati, in his MINI John Cooper Works WRC. After coming home in the Top Ten in the WRC 1.6t class on Saturday evening, Stagni was invited to join the Master Show on Sunday where he finished ninth overall.

Designed for the fans, the Master Show itself is an unmissable spectator opportunity which Stagni relished taking part in: “The Master show is like a Super Special Stage in the WRC. I really enjoyed it. It’s very twisty. You must really know your car, measure your grip in the hairpins correctly and save every second possible! It’s such a great spectacle to be part of – we even had four hours of live television coverage, which is a fantastic opportunity to let more people enjoy our amazing sport. I’ve been involved in rallying my whole life – in fact it’s hard to remember life without it – but I also think it’s important to get as many new people involved and enthused as possible!”

With fourteen years past since his retirement from full-time rally driving, Stagni was delighted with his result in a field topped by current WRC star Dani Sordo followed by multiple MotoGP Champion Valentino Rossi in second: “The celebrity drivers and attendees at the rally are a big attraction for the fans and they really add to the atmosphere! Monza is the most famous race circuit in Italy and after a season travelling around the world following the WRC with Motorsport Italia, it felt great to in front of our home crowd and lots of friends who came to show their support!”

The rally marked Stagni’s first competitive outing in the 01C evolution of the MINI WRC. Building on the strong foundation of the 01A he used two years ago, Stagni couldn’t help but notice the additional power and development of the car: “The latest 01C evolution has given us a really powerful car. It’s a very professional machine to handle. You have to drive aggressively from the start and dominate the car, which wasn’t easy at the beginning in particular. However, my rhythm with got better throughout the event and I was very happy to be able continually to improve and adapt my drive style to work with the car as a team. Unfortunately, I couldn’t squeeze every rev of potential out of the car in a race of only three days, but if someone wants to give me two or three months to practice, then I’ll give it my best shot to inch her closer to the top of the leader board!”

The Monza Rally Show proved the perfect close to Motorsport Italia’s 2013 competitive rallying season and a great chance to meet the fans at home who support the team throughout the season. For Stagni, it couldn’t have been a better experience: “I really enjoyed all three days! It was an amazing opportunity to learn the car better that we supply to our customers – and I have to say it’s incredibly good fun to drive! Now it’s time to build up to my next challenge, but I think first it’s important to give a big thank you to all the technicians and the rest of the management team at Motorsport Italia for the hard work they’ve put in throughout the season. This weekend I got to see exactly how professional they are from the driver’s seat – and it was a pleasure!”




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Katie Traxton
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