Dindo Wins Monza Rally Show
Dindo Capello seemed to prove that a ‘track driver’ is better than a ‘rally driver’ over a course set out round the tarmac of Monza at the weekend, the Italian sportscar man winning the Rally Show yesterday (Sunday).

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On Saturday, we left Capello (Skoda Fabia WRC - above) and Travaglia (206 WRC) tied in the lead: yesterday, Capello gained almost 20 seconds in the first special stage, only to lose some of the time over the last two stages - but Travaglia was unable to retake the lead. There wasn’t much luck for the other sports car / FIA GT drivers: Luca Capellari was out on the first stage on Saturday, while Marco Spinelli was also a DNF in his Toyota Corolla.

It was entertaining to see the rally cars on a track like Monza, slipping and sliding in most of the chicanes, and through the artificial hairpin on the main straight.... or cornering on two wheels.

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Sunday afternoon saw a shoot-out, one against one, and the Italian fans loved it – all 30,000 plus of them. Perhaps part of the reason for such numbers was the presence of Valentino Rossi (below), but the bike star wasn’t as fast as in previous years, made some mistakes and ‘only’ finished the rally in third place, well over a minute behind Travaglia.

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In the Mastershow (shoot out), Rossi eliminated the sister Corolla of Nodari, thanks to a spin by his rival in the last hairpin turn. He lost the semi-final with the Mastershow winner Cantamessa (206 WRC) owing to an elementary mistake… he got a jump at the green light. Luca Cantemessa is pictured below, having finished fourth overall in the main event.

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Below is the 1600 class winner in the main event, Andrea Dallavilla.

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This event didn’t take place in 2001 and 2002 owing to changes at the track for the F1 circus, but after a 40 car entry last year, this time there were 71… which was nothing compare to the old days (1980s), when well over 150 entered the rally.

So Capello was the victor in a Skoda: that would make an interesting name for the 2006 prototype from the parent group, wouldn’t it?
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The next fun event from Italy will be the ‘Boogie Bomb’ (is that right Gabriele?), round the car park at the Bologna Motor Show. News of this event later this week.

 

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