After the battle for championship points in the north east of Italy on the Rally Alpi Orientali Historic, the FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship will stay in Italy for Round 8, the Rally Elba Storico on 19-21 September. With just two rounds remaining the fight for the eight category titles and the team crown is now even more intense.
Category 1: Parisi pulls ahead of Graham
Antonio Parisi and Giuseppe D’Angelo (Porsche 911S) took their third win of the 2019 season in the first of the two Italian rounds and the resulting 20 points allowed them to open up a small gap to their nearest championship challengers, Ernie and Karen Graham (Ford Escort Twin Cam). The Ford Escort suffered from brake issues on day one of the Rally Alpi Orientali but the British couple fought back on day two to finish third in class.
Antonio Parisi and Giuseppe D’Angelo are on 109 points, with Ernie and Karen Graham on 105 points. Elias Kivitila and Timo Tuominen (BMW 2002 Ti) are third on 83 points.
Category 2: Pagella and Magoss close gap to absent Mylle
Carlo Mylle (Porsche 911 RSR) still holds the upper hand in the Category 2 battle but after missing the Rally Alpi Orientali Historic his lead has been reduced to 5 points, with just 12 points covering the top six drivers.
Round 7 winner Maurizio Pagella (Porsche 911RS) is second in the driver standing on 62 points, with Peter Magoss (Alfa Romeo GTam) also on 62 points. Paolo Pasutti (Porsche 911 RS) and Lazslo Mekler (Alfa Romeo GTam) are on 60 points and 56 points respectively after both retiring from the rally in Italy, with Anders Johnsen (Porsche 911 RSR), who finished second in class, is on 55 points after seven rounds.
Because Carlo Mylle had changed co-driver, the leader in the category 2 co-driver title, thanks to the win in Italy, is Roberto Brea on 62 points, with Laszlo Ronay also on 62 points.
Category 3: Peltonen still leads
Third place in Italy has maintained the championship lead for Esa Peltonen and Jyrki Saarto (Toyota Starlet 1300) but with a reduced margin of 2 points ahead of Round 7 winners Karl Wagner and Gerda Zauner (Porsche 911 SC). The Finns are on 90 points, with the Austrians on 88 points.
The third place crew of Pentti Veikkanen and Timo Jaakkola (Porsche 911 SC) are just 5 points behind the leading car on 85 points, with ‘Zippo’ (Audi Quattro) in 4thon 73 points after missing out on the full 20 points in Italy when the Italian retired from the Category 3 lead on the final stage.
Category 4: ‘Lucky’ Wins in Italy
‘Lucky’ and Fabrizia Pons (Lancia Delta Integrale) returned to winning ways after electing to miss Round 6 in Finland last month. The Italians now hold a 6 point advantage, with 93 points to Will Graham’s 87 points in his BMW M3.
Mats Mysell (Porsche 911 SC) is third in the driver standings, while his teammate Esko Juntilla is second in the Co-Driver title race because Graham’s co-driver Michael Johnston hasn’t competed in every round Will Graham has. Mysell and Juntilla are on 69 points, with Michael Johnston on 62 points.
Team Trophy: Rododendri Historic Rally Close the Gap
Historic Rally Club Finland continues to lead in the Team title competition but with a much reduced advantage after scoring zero points in Italy. The Finnish team are on 199 points after seven rounds, with Rododendri Historic Rally now on 194. The Flexifly.co.uk Rally Team are in third on 162 points, with 2018 Team Champions Scuderia Coppa Amici on 126 points.
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Round 8 of the 2019 FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship is the Rally Elba Storico in Italy on the 19/21 September.