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Abarth 124 Rally: A Year of Great Sporting Success

10 December 2019 | Abarth is celebrating a year of great sporting success in its Abarth 124 rally as the 2019 season comes to an end.

Abarth 124 Rally: A Year of Great Sporting Success

Abarth is celebrating a year of great sporting success in its Abarth 124 rally as the 2019 season comes to an end.

In its 70th anniversary year, Abarth won the FIA R-GT cup for the second consecutive year, with Italian Enrico Brazzoli. It then topped the podium again for the second year running in the Two-Wheel Drive and GT Trophies of the Spanish Asphalt Rally Championship with Alberto Monarri. Italian Andrea Nucita became Champion of the Abarth Rally Cup in the European Rally Championship (ERC).

In the FIA R-GT championship, the Abarth 124 rally again won the title gained last year with the Italian team comprised of Enrico Brazzoli and Manuel Fenoli. The FIA R-GT Cup 2019 included 8 races and the Italian team made its mark in the first three: the difficult and prestigious Rallye Monte Carlo, the challenging Tour de Corse and the San Remo Rally, laying the foundations for the final victory.

In Spain too, the Abarth 124 rally confirmed itself as the 2-wheel drive Trophy champion of the Spanish Asphalt Rally Championship with Spain's Alberto Monarri and Alberto Chamorro of the SMC Junior Motorsport Team in the front seats. Their road to winning the Championship included a victory on the Islas Canarias Rally.

The season of the Abarth Rally Cup - the championship of 6 races disputed in the ERC - was also enhanced by the duel between the Italian team led by Andrea Nucita and the Polish one of Dariusz Polonski. A challenge that lasted until the very end, with Italian Andrea Nucita only triumphing in the last stage of the last race of the season at the Rally of Hungary.

In France, young driver Nicolas Ciamin showed he was capable of competing with the most powerful all-wheel-drives in the R5 category, winning some of the special stages in the French championship. While in other countries too, such as Belgium, the Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland, the Abarth 124 rally made a strong impression. In Italy, Abarth won the R-GT category in the Italian Cup with Roberto Gobbin, having driven it to success four times in the national races.

Overall the Abarth 124 rally has racked up nearly one hundred wins in three seasons in the championships of 16 different European countries.

Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat and Abarth Brands, is proud of these results: "2019 has been a year experienced just like Carlo Abarth would have wanted: full of victories, which have become even more important because they date to the year of the 70th anniversary. In its third racing season the Abarth 124 rally has confirmed her status as queen of the Gran Turismo category, having won almost one-hundred victories to this day in both the international and national races, in line with Carlo Abarth's philosophy. From the very beginning, he had always wanted to give his clients outstanding, reliable racing cars that would guarantee excellent performances, and win races".

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