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M-Sport World Rally Team’s Mads Østberg and Éric Camilli will get their 2016 FIA World Rally Championship campaign off to a spectacular start as they pilot their Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRCs on next week’s Rallye Monte-Carlo.

20 January 2016

In what is one of the most challenging, prestigious but unpredictable events of the year, the cars are prepared to Tarmac specification, but this is so much more than an asphalt rally.

The weather can be extremely changeable and it is not unheard of for the crews to experience ice, snow and dry asphalt in the same stage. Due to its unpredictability, compromise is key and the team will often opt for unusual combinations of Michelin’s studded and dry weather tyres to make the best of the conditions.

As one of the most daunting events on the calendar, this is a true test of any driver’s ability – challenging every aspect of what it takes to become one of sport’s most formidable competitors.

Experience can often be a key ingredient to success, but Østberg took to the Monegasque event with great ease. Contesting the rally for the first time in 2013, he secured a highly respectable sixth place and has finished just shy of the podium on his last two encounters.
This year will see the Norwegian join forces with a new co-driver in the form of fellow countryman Ola Fløene. The pairing have sat together before – Fløene joining a younger Østberg for some of his first rallies in 2004 – but next week’s event will be the first true test of their partnership.

The pairing has spent a lot of time perfecting their notes over the winter break and Fløene’s experience speaks for itself. Securing a podium finish at the event last year, he and Østberg could well be fighting for the same result next week.

In the sister M-Sport Fiesta RS WRC, Camilli will be making his competitive debut at rallying’s highest level. There is no more daunting start to a career than at Rallye Monte-Carlo, but hailing from Nice, the Frenchman should have the home crowd’s support on his side.

Partnered by experienced co-driver Nicolas Klinger, the duo have completed two comprehensive test sessions with the M-Sport team. Growing accustomed to the Fiesta RS WRC and experimenting with a number of different set-ups, they’ll be looking to get their season off to a solid start.

M-Sport will also run the new evolution Ford Fiesta R5 of Elfyn Evans. Having participated at Rallye Monte-Carlo for the past two years, the Welshman is accustomed to the challenges ahead and he and new co-driver Craig Parry will be looking to affirm the Blue Oval’s position at the head of the WRC 2 standings.

Mads Østberg said:

“Rallye Monte-Carlo is one of the classics. It’s a fantastic rally with some great stages but the amount of challenges that we have to face over the course of the weekend is unbelievable!

“You can never learn this event – it’s different every time you’re there and I think that will be the same again this year. It’s a rally that I enjoy, but when you’re preparing you have no idea what challenges you are actually going to be faced with. Personally, I’ll be hoping for lots of snow and a lot of difficult tyre choices!

“This will also be the first time – in a long time – that Ola and I will sit together in competition. It always takes a while to fine-tune a new partnership as everything has to be perfect, but honestly, I don’t think it will cause us any problems.

“We’ve not done a rally together since 2004, but so far everything is working really well. It has been a lot of work for us as Ola has had to translate all of the pacenotes into proper Norwegian, but both of us are really happy with the way things are going and I’m confident that we will make a strong team.

“I feel as though I’m well prepared and we have had some really good tests over the last couple of months. I think that we will be able to fight for a good result – but it doesn’t have to be too good as we also want a good road position ahead of a big push at Rally Sweden!”

Éric Camilli said:

“I am really looking forward to next week and to making my debut with the Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Of course we all know that it is a difficult rally with really tricky conditions, but the adrenaline is high and I can’t wait to get started.

“Coming from Nice, this is a home rally for me but to be honest there really is no such thing as a home advantage in Monte-Carlo! You never know what conditions you are going to encounter and a lot can be decided by the tyres you opt to take for each loop.

“We have had a series of really good tests and we were able to work on a lot of different set-ups with the team. It was a really special feeling to bring these first tests to a successful close as an official M-Sport driver, but now it is time for the big test to begin!

“Our first target will be to finish the rally, but if we have a good feeling with the car then we will of course see what is possible. At the end of the day this is all totally new for us. We know that this is the best level of rallying in the world, but we don’t yet know the extent of that level. We just have to drive to the best of our ability, see where we are and build from there.”

Elfyn Evans said:

“I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel and discovering the extent of the [Ford] Fiesta R5 upgrades. The team have worked really hard on this evolution and I have to say that the initial feeling has been very positive.

“This will be my third time at Rallye Monte-Carlo and the experience will definitely help. I know a lot more about the rally than I did this time two years ago, but you never really know what to expect and we’ll be relying on a lot of information from the team.

“I’ll also have a new co-driver for this event and it will inevitably take some time to perfect that partnership. We’ve spent a lot of time practicing pacenotes over the Christmas break so we’re feeling well prepared, but there really is no substitute for competition.

“The stages in Monte-Carlo are really nice to drive and I really enjoy them; the challenge comes from the conditions. But regardless of how unpredictable the event can be, we’re heading there with one goal in mind – and that is to win the WRC 2 category.»

Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“Rallye Monte-Carlo always provides an exciting start to the season. It tests almost everything you need to be a world-class driver and I’m looking forward to seeing what our new team will be able to deliver.

“This is definitely Mads’ strongest Tarmac event and he has proven that he has the ability to do well here. I am sure that he and Ola will get into their rhythm very quickly and I see no reason why they can’t be challenging for the podium positions throughout the course of the weekend.

“It will be a tricky start for Eric, but hopefully the home support will see him settle into a good rhythm. Monte is always a daunting rally, and he is experiencing it on his world rally car debut. There is no expectation on his shoulders, but he could well spring a surprise or two next week.

“I’m also looking forward to seeing Elfyn behind the wheel of the new evolution Ford Fiesta R5. It was important for us to have an experienced driver behind the wheel and I fully expect him to be challenging for the top positions.”

Mads Ostberg (NOR) / Jonas Andersson - Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Day two, 2012 Rally Mexico










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The Italian Rally Junior 2022 Championship unveiled in Campidoglio
10 crews are ready to challenge each other in the series that launches the youngest protagonists and that will also take part in the 10th edition of the Rally di Roma Capitale. Motorsport Italia will be again on the side of ACI Sport, ACI Team Italia, Pirelli, Renault and Sparco.
The 10 crews that will take part in the Italian Rally Junior 2022 Championship have been announced today in Rome’s Piazza del Campidoglio. The series dedicated to the youngest rally protagonists devised by Automobile Club d’Italia and ACI Sport will have Motorsport Italia as technical partner and will collaborate with Pirelli, Renault and Sparco. The cars employed for this series are the brand new Renault Clio Rally5. Motorsport Italia has also introduced the 10th edition of the Rally di Roma Capitale.
This event took place in the presence of Assessor for Big Events of Roma Capitale Alessandro Onorato, Automobile Club d’Italia’s President Ing. Angelo Sticchi Damiani, CONI’s President Giovanni Malagò, the General Director of ACI’s Motorsport Marco Ferrari, the General Director of ACI Sport Marco Rogano, Automobile Club Roma’s President Giuseppina Fusco, the Vice President of Consiglio Regionale Lazio Daniele Leodori, Renault Italia’s Marketing Director Biagio Russo, Sparco’s Brand Manager Niccolò Bellazzini, Pirelli Rally Product Manager for Italy Walter Nicola and Motorsport Italia’s boss Max Rendina.
The Federation has completed an important selection of all the very young drivers born after 1994 to define the ten crews that have been presented today. These are Sara Carra-Giovanni Barbaro, Alessandro Casella-Rosario Siragusano, Guglielmo De Nuzzo-Fabio Grimaldi, Fabio Solitro-Rosario Navarra, Davide Nicelli-Tiziano Pieri, Davide Porta-Marco Demontis, Mattia Zanin-Fabio Pizzol, Davide Gianaroli-Alessio Spezzani, Matteo Ceriali-Luca Ferraris and Edoardo De Antoni-Martina Musiari.
The Italian Rally Junior Championship will include 6 rounds, four on the tarmac and two on the gravel. The opening round will be the Rallye Sanremo, whose technical stages have hosed the Rally World Championship for many years. The season will then continue with the two gravel rounds at the Rally dell’Adriatico, which will move to Urbino this year, and the historical Rally di San Marino. The second half of the season will include the Rally di Roma Capitale, which will allow crews to measure themselves with the colleagues of the FIA European Rally Championship, while the closing rounds will be the Rally 1000 Miglia and Rally Due Valli, the latter will have an increased scoring coefficient of 1.5.
A big novelty of season 2022 is the car: the Renault Clio Rally5 fitting Pirelli tyres. The Milan-based company developed for this series two compounds for tarmac, PZero RA and Cinturato RWB, and the Scorpion K for the gravel. These are tyres capable of providing performance and grip in all conditions.
The French challengers are pushed by a 1.3 litres engine capable of 180 hps and 300 Nm of torque and will certainly produce a great spectacle on the tarmac and on gravel. Special care has been devoted to safety, as the new cars will mount the new, latest generation Sparco “MASTER” racing seat developed by Sparco in compliance with the new homologation standards FIA 8855-2021 that have safety features very close to those of the Rally1 cars. The safety equipment of cars will also include the FIA 8853-2016 homologated Sparco Prime H-9 EVO seat belts with aluminium buckle to grant the highest lightness.
The collaboration with ACI Sport, Pirelli and Renault will allow the winner of season 2022 to take part in 6 rounds of the 2023 European Championship as the representative of the ACI Team Italia on an important international stage.
An important collaboration will also be with ACI Sport’s Federal School Michele Alboreto, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Always in the front line for the training and tutoring of young drivers in all the sectors of motorsport, the School directed by Raffaele Giammaria will organize several extra testing sessions to allow the protagonists of the series to improve their skills of preparing races. This activity will be led by the 12 times Italian Champion Paolo Andreucci.
In this important event staged in the Piazza del Campidoglio and in the enchanting Terrazza Caffarelli, Max Rendina and his staff also introduced the Rally di Roma Capitale 2022.
The event organized by Motorsport Italia will celebrate its 10th Anniversary this year and will do so with the double validity for the Italian Rally Championship and FIA European Rally Championship. It will also be part of the Italian Rally Junior Championship. The competition has been introduced by an exciting video teaser and will introduce several novelties both in terms of sporting content and support initiatives. This anniversary not only celebrates the first decade of the sporting event but also wishes to raise the centrality of Rome and Italy in a very important international motorsport event.
In the pictures: on top, the crews, on the right the Renault Clio Rally 5.
The Campidoglio at a glance (lower left), Sara Carra, the first woman in the CIAR Junior, on the new Sparco racing seat (lower right).
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#MotorsportItaliaTV 🇮🇹 🌏 THE WEB CHANNEL STARTS 🇮🇹 🌏
This evening at 9.00 pm the web channel debuts
A few more hours and will finally be a reality. At 21:00 today, Tuesday 22 March, the new web television channel dedicated to all the sporting activities of Motorsport Italia will go live with the first broadcast.
The first broadcast, which will be visible directly from, will be dedicated to the launch of the Absolute Italian Junior Rally Championship which on Wednesday 23 will inaugurate the commitment of Motorsport Italia. The structure headed by Max Rendina will in fact be the technical partner of the Italian Academy in rallies, again alongside ACI Sport, ACI Team Italia and the ACI Sport «Michele Alboreto» Federal School.
The Motorsport Italia TV project was born from the visionary drive of Max Rendina and his entire work group, who decided to further implement their communication activities in support of a development plan of particular interest, making use of the of the enthusiastic collaboration of the Mediasport Group staff.
The channel will technically be an OTT, therefore operational both on the web and on Hbbtv MS + (Plus), reachable by pressing the red button on the remote control on enabled televisions, within the digital terrestrial channel 402 MS Sport. In addition, all the scheduled contents, live and on demand, will also be visible through the Motorsport Italia TV app very soon available for all devices using IOS (Apple) or Android operating systems.
The schedule will be 24/7 or always operational, the editorial contents will be created in synergy with the editorial staff of MS Motor TV and with the journalistic coordination of Enzo Cerrone. They will report daily all the initiatives, sporting events and competitive programs of Motorsport Italia during the 2022 season and in the following ones. Tonight’s episode will then air at 10pm on MS Motor TV (CH 229 SKY – CH 55 TV SAT).
Not only recorded and in-depth content, but also direct such as the one that on Wednesday 23 at 18:30, contextual to the ACI Sport TV broadcast, will allow you to follow all the phases of the presentation of the Italian Junior Rally Absolute Championship from the Campidoglio, in Rome. , and the official preview of the Rally di Roma Capitale 2022, ready to blow out the first ten candles.
The program is very dense and also includes the Rally of Arezzo and Valtiberina valid for the Italian Rally Terrain Championship, organized for the first time by Max Rendina, the Rally of Lazio and of Cassino-Pico National Final ACI Sport Rally Cup 2022.
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23 March #2022

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