Unforgettable Memorial Bettega
The interest for the 18th International Memorial Bettega (Beta Utensili) increases.
The best specialists of the International Rallies will compete in the Euro The Sport Watch Arena in Bologna Friday 13th : free practice; Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December 2002, the races.
The one and only, the unique, the International Memorial Bettega (Beta Utensili) is here already and the best world drivers are arriving in Bologna and are getting ready to race Friday, Saturday and Sunday, to contest for the victory of what it is considered a real Indoor World Championship.
Let's have a close look to the participants, starting with Marcus Gronholm, the 34 years old Finnish driver, who stared racing on the world scene only three years ago and conquered, with his Peugeot 206 WRC, two World Drivers' Titles. The first one in the 2000 season and the second one this year. During this season the World Champion, born in Espoo, won 5 races of the series (Sweden, Cyprus, Finland, New Zealand and Australia) and arrived second in other three rallies (Tour de Corse, Acropolis and Italy). A very prepared driver, who is able to be quick both on gravel and tarmac rallies.
Against him we'll find the vice-champion of this season of the World Championship, Petter Solberg. The official driver of Subaru amazed everyone this year. After brushing against the victory a few times this year, he eventually won the last event of the season, the RAC Rally. During the RAC Rally, one of the most difficult races of the series, the 28 years old Norwegian driver was able to keep ahead of all the major drivers of the world. Among the protagonists of this year edition of the Memorial Bettega there is also the Citroen official driver, Thomas Radstrom, 3rd overall at the Rally Safari. Other important names and protagonists of the World Rally Championship, racing here these days, are the Belgian, Bruno Thiry (Peugeot 206 WRC), the Czech Roman Kresta (who gave a thrilling performance during the last year edition of the Motor Show), Skoda official driver for this past season, and racing here in Bologna with the last evolution of the Skoda Octavia WRC. We will find also Janne Tuohino, another Finnish driver, who took part in some of the races of the 2002 World Rally Championship, supported directly by Ford Motorsport.
Before starting with the Italian protagonists we have to mention the presence of Mark Higgins, the two times winner of Memorial Bettega, racing this year with a Subaru Impreza WRC.
There are three the Italian drivers who have the possibility to compete with the foreigner champions. All of them are very talented drivers, who distinguished themselves during this past season, starting with Renato Travaglia, winner this year of both the Italian Rally Championship and the European Rally Championship, with a Peugeot 206 WRC. The Subaru Impreza WRC is the weapon of Andrea Navarra, 2002 Italian Gravel Rally Champion, and four times winner of the Memorial Bettega, and Luca Cantamessa, second overall this year in the Gravel Rally Challenge and winner of last year edition of the Memorial Bettega.