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FABIO ANDOLFI 🇮🇹 EVEN MY MOTHER COMPETES IN RALLY 🇮🇹 🌍

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Fabio Andolfi: Even my mother competes in rally

It’s only his second year behind the wheel of ŠKODA FABIA R5, but the young Italian driver Fabio Andolfi has already put in some impressive performances. Out of his four rallies so far, he’s managed to win his class three times. That includes the first place in the WRC 2 category at Tour de Corse – not a bad result for a 26-year-old driver!

Let’s start at the beginning – how did your rally career start?

It’s all thanks to my dad, who made it possible for me to participate in my first rally in 2012.

Let’s switch to the future. What are your goals and ambitions in rallying?

My main goal is to be successful enough to become a professional WRC driver.

This year is your second season driving a FABIA R5, so what do you think of it? Are you looking forward to the new FABIA R5 evo?

I love the way the FABIA R5 drives and I think I’ve developed a good feel for its handling, but I still have a long way to go honing my driving skills. I really can’t wait to start driving the new ŠKODA FABIA R5 EVO.

You have driven various R5 cars over the course of your career. How does the FABIA R5 stand out?

I haven’t driven all of them, but among those that I have some experience with, the ŠKODA FABIA R5 feels really good. It’s a very competitive car and it really deserves praise for its exceptional reliability. You can totally depend on it!

It’s hard to miss the similarity between your name and your car’s. Do you have any special connection to the FABIA thanks to that?

Yes, I am happy that it (almost) bears my name. I hope that we can achieve great results together!

You got your first WRC 2 victory at Tour de Corse. What can you say about this rally?

This year’s Tour de Corse was a rally we will never forget! I think the greater part of our success was thanks to the excellent job we did in preparation. I would like to send great thanks to all the people who believe in me. The victory wouldn’t have been possible without their help!

„I first got behind the wheel when I was 8 years old.“

Is rallying your main job? If not, what do you do for a living?

It’s not, but my main goal is to become a full-time rally driver one day. For now, I work as a mechanic in my dad’s workshop.

When did you start thinking about getting into rallying?

Very early. In my family, we’d talked about it since I was a little kid. It was a natural thing – after all, my dad is a rally driver, my mum is a co-driver and my brother is a rally driver as well.

How old were you when you first drove a car?

We’re a family of rally drivers, so I got my start quite early. I first got behind the wheel when I was 8 years old.

Is there any rally driver who was your role model when you were a kid?

Yes, growing up, my favourite driver was Miki Biasion, the Italian legend that drove Lancias in Group B and then won two WRC titles behind the wheel of a Lancia Delta Integrale. It all happened before I was born, but I still liked him the best.

We know that a rally driver has to stay fit. What do you do to keep in shape?

There’s not much of a special diet to speak of, but I keep pretty active – biking and going to gym. I also do motocross, which is pretty intensive physically.

You’ve been driving with your co-driver Simone Scattolin since 2014. How do you get along?

He is a real friend of mine. Although we don’t live close to each other, so we can’t meet much outside of the rallies, we talk on the phone basically every day. We really clicked together and I think we are doing a great job, as Corsica showed.

How do you celebrate victories together, if you do it at all?

We’re not the types to have big parties, we never have been.

What kind of driver are you on the road?

Not at all, there is a place to drive fast, and that’s on the track. On the road, I respect the traffic rules and I’m a very attentive driver.

What was the most difficult moment of this season for you? And what was the best?

The worst was in Sardinia, when I made a trivial mistake in the first stage which cost me several minutes. The best moment was, of course, the victory in Corsica.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PETTER SOLBERG 🇳🇴 LANDS THE HIGH FIVE WITH ANOTHER WALES RALLY GB WIN 🇬🇧🌍

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The stars aligned for Petter in Wales last week,as former team-members joined him at Wales Rally GB.

Petter lands the high five with another Wales Rally GB win

 

 

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Emotional farewell as Petter signs off with a WRC 2 victory
Petter: “That’s a proper way to say goodbye.”
Oliver fastest on his first ever WRC outing
Stunning Saturday morning speed, Oliver beats everybody on just his third WRC stage
Mixed emotions doesn’t come close for the Solberg family following another thrilling week in Wales.

Petter and Oliver drove their Volkswagen Polo GTI R5s on one of the season’s most complicated and competitive rallies. Both have a story to tell…

For Petter, a four-time Wales Rally GB winner, the last week has been an astonishingly rapid run down memory lane. It’s seven years since the triple world champion competed in Britain, but it felt like yesterday when he delivered the dream: a fifth Wales Rally GB win – admittedly, this one was in the WRC 2 category.

This time, even Hollywood was almost lost for words.

“Incredible,” he said. “Unbelievable. Since we planned the Farewell Tour at the start of the year, I wanted to come here and wanted to do GB. It was different this time with Oliver driving as well. The emotions were a little bit more complicated, but this result… what can I say?

“The comeback starts now!”

Petter admitted returning to one of the season’s most complicated rallies was not straightforward.

“I didn’t underestimate how tough this would be? But maybe I forgot a little bit about how tough it was! This rally is one of the hardest in the championship and it always was – that’s one of the things that make it so special when you are having the success here.

“The days are long and the roads are so, so difficult to read and take confidence from, but when you get it right, it’s the best feeling in the world.”

More on that comeback?

“Do you think I should? Maybe? No, we’re working on Oliver’s plan now. Oliver is the future for the Solberg story, mine is a little bit in the history now. Honestly, it’s been really nice, fun and a lot of emotions coming to this rally. I love this place and these people, so to share my last proper WRC round with Wales was so special for me and Phil.

“That was the proper way to say goodbye.”

Back to the future…

In the last week, Oliver’s World Rally Championship dream got real.

After an already insanely successful rookie season of four-wheel drive rallying, where Oliver has become the youngest ever European Rally Championship event winner and taken America by storm with Subaru Motorsports USA, Wales Rally GB was the next mountain to climb.

Predictably, Oliver made short work of his big moment. He was fastest of all the R5 cars (including WRC 2 Pro and WRC 2) on just his third stage in the World Rally Championship.

Unfortunately, a misted-up windscreen spoiled SS1, while a smashed wheel rim on the second test ruled him out Friday. After a day by the north Wales seaside, Oliver was very much back in business on Saturday morning.

That’s when the fastest times started. Nobody drove an R5 car faster than Oliver through Dyfi and Myherin. Nobody.

Unfortunately, just as the weekend was starting to fly, Sweet Lamb turned sour and Saturday was done.

“The car stopped,” said Oliver. “We don’t know why. We checked everything, but it wasn’t possible to continue. We came to service and the team made lots of investigations, worked on the car and then I could come back again on Sunday.

“Of course, it was disappointing that we couldn’t take the experience we wanted from all of the stages, but the thing I wanted to have a look at for myself was the speed.

“I have been asking myself for the whole time: “Where am I for the speed? How will I compare with the other guys?

“When I came to the first stage on Saturday morning, it was really difficult. I had nothing to win and a lot to lose if I crashed. Honestly, we drove at around 95 per cent and the times were good.”

Good? Try sensational.

Through the 26-kilometre Dyfi test, Oliver was 9.1 seconds faster than any other R5 cars. And 24.7s up on Papa.

“That was good,” he said. “I enjoyed that one – the grip was really good in places and this took me by surprise. I was braking early many times.”

In Myherin, Oliver could only manage fastest by 3.1s and this time Petter was just eight down.

After that, Saturday went south, but Sunday demonstrated more speed and more potential before he rolled in the penultimate test.

Oliver said: “The end of the event wasn’t like we wanted, but the dream really has come true for me to be here. Wales and the World Rally Championship wasn’t like my Papa told me it would be. It was evenbetter.”

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AND NOW FOR MORE 🌏… AL-ATTIYAH 🇶🇦 CONSIDERING FULL ERC CAMPAIGN 🌏

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Nasser Al-Attiyah celebrated his sixth Cyprus Rally victory on Sunday evening by revealing that he’s considering a full FIA European Rally Championship campaign in 2020.

Al-Attiyah, from Qatar, has enjoyed a long run of success in stage and cross-country rallying at both regional and international level.

He’s yet to tackle more than a handful of ERC events in any one season but that could change next year.

“We are thinking to the European [championship] next year, we will sit with the team and we will see,” said Al-Attiyah, who drove an Autotek Motorsport-run Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 to victory in Cyprus.

“To compete in different race [is the reason], we know everybody, the atmosphere in this European championship is really great, a family, and a lot of media. And when you win you win the race.”

In addition to a possible ERC bid, Al-Attiyah also confirmed he hopes to represent Qatar in skeet shooting at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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ASTON MARTIN 🇬🇧 VANTAGE GTE DOMINATES IN SIX HOURS OF FUJI 🇯🇵 🌎

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Sunday 6 October, 2019, Fuji Speedway, Japan. The Aston Martin Vantage GTE clinched its first double victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship, with the car winning both the GTE Pro and Am classes of the 6 Hours of Fuji. It was Aston Martin’s first double triumph since the team managed it in Mexico in 2016.

Marco Sørensen and Nicki Thiim delivered a perfectly-judged performance with the #95 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE Pro car in Japan, to deliver their first win of the 2019-2020 season and their second since the car was introduced in May 2018. Meanwhile in GTE Am TF Sport dominated the race with a lights-to-flag victory, having started from the class pole position.

Sørensen began the race from third, but quickly moved up to second in a first hour that stood out for its fantastically close racing between the three manufacturer teams in the Pro class. Once in front, thanks to a brilliant pass for the lead by the Dane on the pit straight using the tow of backmarker, he and team-mate Nicki Thiim (DEN) were able to establish control of the race.

The duo did briefly lose the lead to their team-mates Alex Lynn (GB) and Maxime Martin (BEL) in the #97 car, who undercut the #95 on an alternative strategy in the second hour, but after that the Danes managed the race and the intermittent rainy conditions perfectly. Lynn and Martin brought the sister Vantage GTE home in third, marking the first time the car has recorded a double-podium finish in GTE Pro.

It was the fifth win for Thiim and Sørensen in the Dane Train, and the third victory for the Vantage GTE in the last six WEC events. It means that the Danes are now second in the GTE Pro drivers’ standing, one point off the lead, while Aston Martin is also second in the Manufacturers’ Championship with 65 points.

“Winning a race like the one we did today is why we all do it,” said Sørensen. “It was great to be involved in the fight for the lead in the first hour of the race, and because we were leading, after that the race seemed to fly by. This was an important win for Aston Martin and and I am very proud for the team. I’m delighted.”

Thiim added: “It is a great feeling to be standing here as a winner. WEC GTE Pro has some of the best racing on the planet as you saw today. It was so close that we had to split strategies on the two cars to cover off the competition. That worked well for us and I’m really proud of the team who have worked so hard for this. They kept their focus and had the right mentality today which was why we were able to capitalise on the car’s pace. This is a fantastic result for Aston Martin.”

In only the second race since the Vantage GTE became eligible to race in the Am class, TF Sport produced an outstanding performance. Having started from pole position the bright red #90 car led all the way. Salih Yoluc became the first Turkish driver to win a WEC event, while for AMR works drivers Jonny Adam (GB) and Charlie Eastwood (IRL) it was the end of a long wait. TF Sport has finished second four times in the last two seasons prior to this win.

Aston Martin Racing Managing Director John Gaw added, “This result is the perfect demonstration of the Vantage GTE’s potential. It was a great performance by the two Danes. Marco drove extremely well in the first hour and Nicki was outstanding throughout his stint and when the rain came. This was also the first opportunity for us to see our Technical partner Michelin’s new tyres in action on an equal footing in the dry against our rivals, and I think we’ve proven that we are very much in the fight. That Alex and Max also finished on the podium rounded off an excellent team effort. It was indeed a great day for Aston Martin, and I would like to wish TF Sport congratulations on an excellent and long overdue win in the GTE Am class.”

The next round of the FIA WEC takes place at Shanghai, in China, on 10 November.

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