Spherical 1 of the 2021 FIA European Historic Rally Championship, the 36th Sanremo Rally Storico (9-10 April 2021), has attracted a total of 66 vehicles, with 23 chubby season entries participating.
All the reigning driver and co-driver champions within the four categories are competing within the season opener, with ‘Lucky’ and Fabrizia Pons in Class 4, Karl Wagner and Gerda Zauner in Class 3, Anders and Ingrid Johnsen in Class 2 and Antonio Parisi and Giuseppe D’Angelo in Class 1
Class 4 – 28 Entries
The class for basically the latest vehicles eligible for the EHRC has bought 28 entries, with 9 eligible to rating championship aspects. The EHRC boasts a formidable need of rally equipment from the behind 1980s, with three Lancia Delta Integrales, a Lancia Rally 037, an Audi Quattro A2, 5 Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4s, six BMW M3s, a Subaru Legacy, 5 Porsche 911s, a Mazda 323 GTX, two Renault 5 GT Turbos, an Opel Corsa GSi, a Fiat Uno, a Peugeot 205 GTi and a Renault 11 Turbo
Reigning champions ‘Lucky’ and Fabrizia Pons will be competing within the distinctive sunless liveried Keysport Engineering whisk Lancia Delta Integrale 16v and the Italian crew will be desirous to web their title hopes off to a factual commence on home soil.
They’ll face some stiff opposition from quite loads of quarters, including outdated French Rally Champion Jean François Mourgues and Denis Giraudet in a BMW M3.
There are two extra Italian entries who are eligible for championship aspects in Sanremo. Lucio Da Zanche and Daniele De Luis are competing in a Porsche 911 SC, while Edoardo Valente and his Swiss co-driver Jeanne Francoise Revenu will be driving the Lancia Rally 037.
Spain’s Daniel Alonso Villaron returns to the EHRC, with recent co driver Fernandez Alejandro Lopez, within the Past Racing whisk Ford Sierra Cosworth 4×4, with Austrian Alfons Nothdurfter and Juergen Nolte from Germany additionally entering the Sanremo Rally in a Ford Sierra Cosworth 4×4.
Finland’s Ville Silvasti and Risto Pictilainen will be sharp for the general decide on the Sanremo in their Audi Quattro A2, final viewed within the championship at some level of the Lahti Historic Rally in August 2019.
Spain’s Cao Sampayo and Alejandro Cid Alvarez will be within the Aukor Racing whisk Renault 11 Turbo, basically the most major time the Renault has been viewed within the EHRC in recent years.
Class 3 – 14 Entries
Class 3 might well perhaps even be half the dimensions of the Class 4 entry, nevertheless the quality absolutely makes up for the minute quantity, with four of the vehicles eligible for championship aspects. The class will characteristic four Porsche 911s, an Audi Quattro, three VW Golf GTis, a Ford Escort RS, two Fiat 127s, a Fiat Ritmo 75, an Opel Kadett GTE and a Volvo 244.
Karl Wagner and Gerda Zauner will be serve within the distinctive realizing yellow Porsche 911 to defend their 2019 title. The Austrians will be going by their nemesis from the outdated season as ‘Zippo’ and Denis Piceno will be competing on home soil within the Audi Quattro.
Germany’s Sigfried and Renate Mayr will be competing in a Volvo 244, while Jean Paul Palmero and his Italian co-driver Mattia Pastorino will be behind the wheel of some other Porsche 911.
Class 2 – 19 Entries
The Class 2 discipline will characteristic 19 vehicles, with 8 entered for the chubby EHRC season. The grid involves seven Porsche 911s, an Alfa Romeo GTAm 1750, a VAZ2101, a FIAT 127, an Opel Kadett GTE 2.0, a FIAT Abarth 124 Rally and 7 Ford Escorts in varied guises.
Reigning Champions Anders and Ingrid Johnsen will be serve out within the white Tractive Motorsport Transmission Porsche 911 RSR nevertheless will face stable opposition from quite loads of quarters.
Frail Class 2 champions Laszlo Mekler and Edit Mekler Miko will be behind the wheel of their Scuderia Coppa Amici whisk Alfa Romeo, while two all Italian crews will be out to make your mind up at home. Paolo Pasutti and Giovanni Battista Campeis will be competing in their Team Bassano Porsche 911 RSR, while Maurizio Pagella and Roberto Brea will additionally be in a Rododendri Historic Rally whisk Porsche 911, theirs being a Carrera RS.
Class 1 Vice Champions Ernie and Karen Graham are competing in Class 2 this season, swapping their Ford Escort Twincam for the more highly efficient Ford Escort RS1800. Their Flexifly Rally Team will additionally be working a Ford Escort Mk1 for James Potter and Tim Sayer.
Austrians Richard and Lucie Ronay will additionally be competing in a Ford Escort, while the distinctive VAZ2101 of Estonian teammates Villu Mattik and Arvo Maslenikov will be serve on the phases this season.
Class 1 – 5 Entries
Class 1 is an all-local affair, with all 5 vehicles entered by Italian teams. Two of the 5 vehicles are eligible for EHRC aspects, with four Porsche 911s being joined by a single BMW 2002 Ti.
2019 Class 1 Champions Antonio Parisi and Giuseppe D’Angelo will be desirous to web their title defence off to a immense commence within the gulf liveried Porsche 911 S. Their considerable class rival will be their Rododendri Historic Rally teammates Carlo Fiorito and Marina Beronasco within the BMW 2002 Ti.
The Sanremo Rally Storico returns to the FIA European Historic Rally Championship calendar for basically the most major time since 2016 and is Spherical 1 of the 9 spherical 2021 season. The rally begins on Thursday 8 April, with basically the most major leg of the rally on Friday 9 April featuring six special phases and concludes with the 2nd leg on Saturday 10 April, with 8 special phases.
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