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Competitors on the Italian Baja (September 9-11) is space to be intense as the fight for titles escalates on the penultimate round of the FIA World Cup for Unhealthy-Country Bajas and the newly created European Cup. Cancelled closing Twelve months attributable to the pandemic, the Italian Baja items yet one other abnormal say as the crews head to the rocky riverbeds around the host metropolis of Pordenone, approximately 80 kilometres from Venice in the northeast of Italy.

Over yet again, the most important contenders across all lessons will trot head to trot over the two-day match, with FIA World Cup front-runners Yasir Seaidan and Alexey Kuzmich main the 32 crews on the provisional entry listing over the originate ramp. The Saudi Arabian/Russian pairing own led the standings since claiming victory on the third of the nine round series and a string of top results sees the MINI crew now combating for a maiden title.

Yazeed Al Rajhi and Michael Orr own on the opposite hand been pushing exhausting and the Toyota crew has closed the outlet to their rivals over the previous occasions. They’re undoubtedly 16.5 factors adrift of the lead in the FIA World Cup standings, nonetheless are additionally in the thick of a battle for European Cup honours with correct half a level advantage. Al Rajhi has tasted victory in Italy, the Saudi Arabian driver claiming the discover in 2014.

Krzysztof Hołowczyc and Lukasz Kurzeja are additionally ones to detect, the Poles in handsome contain after again-to-again victories on the previous two rounds. They’re hounding down Al Rajhi/Orr in every Cups and ought to unruffled be shopping for a hat-trick of wins to severely terminate the outlet in the World Cup standings and overhaul their rivals for the live space in the European Cup. Hołowczyc is one other to own stood on the live step of the Italian Baja podium, the MINI driver winning in 2010.

Miroslav Zapletal, co-pushed by Marek Sykora, is fourth in the World Cup classification, correct 13 factors further adrift of Hołowczyc in his Ford F150 Evo after some top results precise by draw of the season. The Czech driver heads Erik van Loon in the standings, he and Frenchman Sébastien Delaunay fielding one other Overdrive Hilux in Italy. After a duration of rehabilitation following a wrist and shoulder nervousness, Benediktas Vanagas made a unheard of return to competition on the previous round in Poland, the assign he and navigator Filipe Palmeiro done third overall in their Hilux. Michał and Julita Małuszyński will as soon as extra be competing in X-Raid’s MINI John Cooper Works Rally, the Poles shopping for better luck after retiring on their home round.

T3 has attracted six rivals, headed by Saudi Arabian driver Dania Akeel. She is pushing exhausting for the class World Cup title and additionally continues to fight for the European Cup, her nearest rival being Santiago Navarro, the Spaniard topping the standings on equal factors in T3 and additionally a top finisher in Italy closing Twelve months. Jesus Fuster does on the opposite hand continue to hunt them every down, the Herrator HRX3 driver third in the European Cup and well precise by draw of the title fight.

Four title contenders in the T4 class will as soon as extra trot head to trot in Italy, with Mshari Al Thefiri heading Saleh Abdullah Alsaif by correct 13.5 factors in the FIA World Cup. Going into the match off the again of three podium placings in the class, Alexandre Re is third and the Portuguese Can Am Maverick driver has a precious lead in the European Cup. Frenchman Claude Fournier holds fourth in the World Cup standings and desires to procure his early season contain to preserve in the fight.

RALLY DATA

Total distance   

648.76 km

Selective portion distance:

359.42 km

Collection of selective sections:

5


LEADING ENTRIES

Yasir Seaidan/Alexey Kuzmich

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

Yazeed Al Rajhi/Michael Orr

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

Krzysztof Hołowczyc/Łukasz Kurzeja

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

Miroslav Zapletal/Marek Sykora

Ford F150 Evo

Erik van Loon/Sébastien Delaunay

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

Benediktas Vanagas/Filipe Palmeiro

Toyota Hilux

Michal Małuszyński/Julita Małuszyński

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

Xavier Pons/Hernando Armand Monleon

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

Sergio Galletti/Giulia Maroni

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

Lorenzo Codeca/Mauro Toffoli

Suzuki Gran Vitara


ITALIAN BAJA – TIMETABLE & MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES

Thursday September 9

Scrutineering

10: 00-22: 00 hrs

Pre-match press conference

11: 00 hrs

Friday September 10

Shakedown

08: 30-10: 30 hrs

Ceremonial originate

13: 00 hrs

Qualifying Stage (7.55 km)

13: 30 hrs

Collection of originate positions

15: 00 hrs

Launch of SS2 (74.94 km)

17: 00 hrs

Saturday September 11

Launch of SS3 (92.31 km)

08: 00 hrs

Carrier/regroup

10: 05 hrs

Launch of SS4 (92.31 km)

12: 00 hrs

Carrier/regroup

14: 05 hrs

Launch of SS5 (92.31 km)

16: 00 hrs

First automobile arrives final provider

18: 05 hrs

Podium ceremony and prize-giving

20: 00 hrs

Publish match press conference

20: 45 hrs

FIA World Cup for Unhealthy-Country Bajas – Classifications:

https://www.fia.com/occasions/world-cup-unfriendly-nation-bajas/season-2021/classifications

FIA European Cup for Unhealthy-Country Bajas – Classifications:

https://www.fia.com/occasions/fia-european-cup-unfriendly-nation-bajas/season-2021/classifications

Photo: Italian Baja


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