15th October 2017, 11:57
The Italian championship is in the last ''stage''-rally Due Valli is in its second day.
Winner of the first day was Paolo Andreucci, less than three seconds in front of Rossetti (but does not collect any points as he is not registered in the championship). Scandola third and Cempedelli fourth (lost some time due to puncture...). I was again pleasantly surprised over the pace of Fiat 124 Abarth, again the fastest in 2WD class.
Today the race is controlled by Rossetti. Andreucci is taking it easy as he must just finish-and he will be 10th time champion!!
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15th October 2017, 17:48
Paolo Andreucci is italian champion for the 10th times. No one before him has ever achieved him. For Anna is the 9th time (since she wasn't his codriver in 2001).
This man is dominating the championship for almost 20 years. I think there are no more excuses, he won with best car, worse car, official teams, non official teams, different codrivers, different rallys. And he is still doing it in an age when most part of his collegue is enjoying his life in a couch.
Every time he had the possibility to challenge in the international level he was still among the TOP. In Sanremo IRC some years ago, Sardinia WRC2 lately when only a techincal problem prevented him to win and arrive second.
All respect to his opponents who are very strong but let me say this: this man is a hell of a LEGEND.
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15th October 2017, 18:07
100 % agree.....he succeeded to brake the spell which is lying on the 9th crown (remember Valentino Rossi & Loeb) and become today new champion....10th times....what a record.
Originally Posted by AL14
Yes, there will always be persons seeking for excuses-like always driving best car, best team, tyres.....of course they have forgotten that Paolo was also winning rallies with Evo9 gr.N (2006&2007), was utterly non-competetive last season against Basso with Fiesta and Scandola in Fabia....
In some ways he is like Ogier: never pushing on the limit if there is no need to do it....
But, now it is time to celebrate! Good luck, old fox!
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15th October 2017, 19:31
Yes, he is a LEGEND. Pity that mainly only on home field...
Originally Posted by AL14
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15th October 2017, 21:01
Great achievement by the old dog in a car most wouldn't say was the cream of the R5 crop however with his and Racing Lions magic goes to show experience matched with speed can still rule the roost, complimenti Paolo!
15th October 2017, 21:27
i watched him that 2001 at Bettega Memorial with focus wrc (which he rolled from the bridge), great driver.
10th November 2017, 12:52
And the most incredible fact: Racing Lions 208 T16 was simply...the MOST reliable of all the 208s built by Peugeot-Sport(even more than the official ones in ERC)
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10th November 2017, 14:29
Yep, RL/PS Italy 208's are reliable almost since the beginning, just like in Portugal Sports&You prepared DS's. Many other teams through Europe have managed to make the 208/DS reliable machines; strangly, SaintEloc has the worst reliability records since 2014, but Peugeot Sport seems not to bother...
Originally Posted by Tom206wrc
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10th November 2017, 14:41
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What a pair @thierryneuville and @amikkelsenrally the 2016 ... @MonzaRallyShow with i20 WRC will alternate in each PS as pilot and Navigator! #HMSGOfficial @hmirally
10th November 2017, 16:00
Heard a rumor that next year Andreucci might switch to C3 R5 to have better chances for the title. Is there any truth to this?