Citroen Sport Technologies and the C4 WRC head for the Monza Rally Show On the initiative of Citroen Sport Technologies and the Italian company Vieffecorse, a Citroen C4 WRC has been entered to contest the Monza Rally Show which will take place...
Citroen Sport Technologies and the C4 WRC head for the Monza Rally Show
On the initiative of Citroen Sport Technologies and the Italian company Vieffecorse, a Citroen C4 WRC has been entered to contest the Monza Rally Show which will take place on the weekend of November 14-16. The car will be driven by Felice Re, winner of the Italian Rally Championship's Tropheo Asphalto and will be tended by PH Sport, as it is in the WRC.
This asphalt fixture brings the Italian motor sport calendar to a close and has been organised annually since 1978 at the legendary Autodromo Nazionale Monza which sits in the magnificent park of Monza to the north of Milan. By this time of year, the country's different championships have all been completed and, at world level, only the WRC still has one round left to run, namely the Wales Rally GB at the beginning of December. The Monza Rally Show is a traditional festive gathering, and this year's show will once again see stars from motor sport and sportsmen from other disciplines rub shoulders with personalities from the worlds of show business and television. And although the atmosphere is relaxed, the fight for top honours is invariable extremely fierce...
Officially termed a rally, the Italian event is unique and its stages (three different) are run within the grounds of the Autodromo. Chicanes are employed to curb top speeds and, although competitors compete against each other via the stopwatch, they must also take care not to stray off the route that has been laid out, since penalties are incurred for each bollard they knock over.
Citroen Sport Technologies Manager Benoît Nogier is delighted at the prospect of seeing the C4 WRC in action at Monza: "Following our outing with Urmo Aava in Estonia, this is the first time a Citroen C4 WRC will be seen on a non-WRC event where it is not driven by either Sebastien Loeb or Dani Sordo. It is nice to be competing in this prestigious event, and at a venue which is steeped in history. The entry list features all the Italian rallying scene's big names and the weekend stands out as a first class opportunity for us to showcase the high standard of our products and the service we provide."
The same enthusiasm can be detected in the comments of Aldo Malchiodi, the Team Manager of Vieffecorse which distributes Citroen Sport competition parts in Italy and which has played a key role in this project. "This outing is a fitting reward for Felice's title with the Xsara this season; the icing on the cake. It's fantastic to be able to compete at Monza with the C4. The Rally Show is a unique event which draws a huge crowd and enjoys extensive media coverage. Vieffecorse is delighted that Citroen Sport Technologies has accepted to support this entry and we are hoping for a top result."
Unsurprisingly, Felice Re is keen to drive the C4 WRC at the Italian circuit. This season, Felice and his co- driver Mara Bariani won four of the Tropheo Rally Asfalto's eight rounds to claim the title with the Vieffecorse Xsara WRC, and the experienced driver is now looking forward to the chance of competing at Monza: "It's fantastic to be taking part in this rally in the car with which Sebastien Loeb became World Champion* for the fifth year running. The results notched up during year in the WRC by Urmo Aava and Conrad Rautenbach with the customer specification car show that it is one of the market's best privateer WRC cars. The Monza Rally Show is an event I enjoy and we will do all we can to win it this year."
Felice Re's main rivals for top honours include Citroen Xsara WRC drivers Elvis Chentre (Vieffecorse) and Corrado Fontana (GMA Racing).
*Subject to final publications of the results by the FIA.