He left his mark on SS 6,7,8 and 9, but more importantly Thierry Neuville he took home Il Ciocco, the historic opening of the Italian rally championship, without ever being undermined. Starting with the chevrons of the favorite, the Belgian of Hyundai Motorsport did not betray the expectations and after having inherited the lead in the fourth special, proof that he saw him hampered by some dogs on the course, he never left it.
Ahis shoulders, 22 ”7 behind the Skoda Fabia EVO by Stefano Albertini, the best in SS 3 and 5 and the protagonist only of a smudge at the start of the fourth stage, so at 31 ”4 Giandomenico Basso, also on Skoda Fabia EVO, not perfect in the Power Stage on Friday night, but then capable to give life to a good comeback.
Fourth at 40 ”1 is Fabio Andolfi’s Skoda Fabia R5, followed at 1m by Rudy Michelini’s Volkswagen Polo R5 and 1m 10 by Tommaso Ciuffi’s Skoda Fabia R5.
Seventh at 1’20 Thomas Paperini on Skoda Fabia R5, then at 1’24 the Volkswagen Polo R5 of Marco Signor and 1’26 the Skoda Fabia R5 of Paolo Andreucci. The Garfagnana champion has never really been in the game, having as his primary task that of developing the Indian MRF tires.
To report the good recovery of Andrea Crugnola on Hyundai i20 R5. The man from Varese managed to climb back into the top 10 despite a broken axle shaft in the PS3. Troubles also for Giacomo Scattolon’s Volkswagen Polo R5, victim of a puncture and only sixteenth at the finish. Rollover without consequences if not the retirement for Craig Breen’s Hyundai and Marco Pollara’s C3.
Twenty-sixth place overall for the brothers’ crew Andrea and Giuseppe Nucita on Peugeot 208 Rally 4, triumphant among the R2.
Il Ciocco Valle del Serchio Rally Ranking 2021:
- T. Neuville Hyudai i20 R5 1h02’32
- S. Albertini Skoda Fabia EVO +22”7
- G. Basso Skoda Fabia EVO + 31 ”4
- F. Andolfi Skoda Fabia R5 +40”1
- R. Michelini Volkswagen Polo R5 + 1’00
- T. Ciuffi Skoda Fabia R5 + 1’10
- T. Paperini Skoda Fabia R5 + 1’20
- M. Mr. Volkswagen Polo R5 + 1’24
- P. Andreucci Skoda Fabia R5 +1’26
- A. Crugnola Hyudai i20 R5 + 1’27