24 May 2019

ABARTH RALLY CUP: LATVIA WILL HOST THE RALLY LIEPĀJA

  • Three Abarth 124 rally vehicles will start this weekend
  • The Rally Liepāja, which will take place from 24 to 26 May

The fast off-road terrain of Latvia will set the stage for the second date of the Abarth Rally Cup, the single-brand championship. The Rally Liepāja, will take place from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 May and includes special tests on an off-road but compact terrain, with wide curves that will show the handling of the 124 rally.

Three teams from three different countries will head to the start line this weekend. Making his debut behind the wheel of the Milano Racing Abarth 124 rally will be the Latvian driver Reinis Nitišs, paired with fellow Latvian Māris Kulšs. Before the race Nitišs, who has a wealth of experience in rallycross having won the 2013 European Championship, said: "In rallycross we're not used to rear-wheel drive vehicles like the Abarth 124 rally. In fact, my only experience with this kind of traction is linked to the karts and buggies I have raced in on rallycross tracks. It's an exciting challenge and I'm ready. The 124 rally is a new thrill that I can't wait to experience".

At his second race of the season, Pole Dariusz Polonski, with co-driver Lukasz Sitek, will race in the Rallytechnology team car. In his first race with the 124 rally, the Rally Islas Canarias, Polonski came third in the Abarth Rally Cup.

In Latvia, he too will be making his debut racing on off-road terrain for the first time. Ahead the weekend he remarked: "In the first race I had the opportunity to get to know and appreciate the performances of the 124 rally on the road; now I'm going to try and get the most out of this exceptional vehicle off-road too, by seeking a result that will help me win the Abarth Rally Cup".

The third crew is that of the Bernini Rally team, comprised of Italian driver Andrea Nucita and Romanian Alina Pop. Nucita has a long experience with the Abarth 124 rally, with which he has shown that he is fast by exploiting its excellent handling. Before the race he commented: "I'm buzzing at the idea of racing off-road, where we can show that our rear-wheel drive can be both spectacular and effective at the same time".

The Rally Liepaja starts from its namesake, the port city on the Baltic Sea, on Friday 24 May at 8:30p.m. The first stage will take place on Saturday 25 May and will include five special tests while Sunday will host another eight special tests. In total, competitors will cover 859km, 206 of them at a timed speed split.

Ranking of the Abarth Rally Cup before the Rally Liepaja:1. Monarri-Chamorro (SPA) 25 points; 2. Garcia Perez-Diaz Negrin (SPA) 18; 3. Polonski-Sitek (POL) 15; 4. Nucita-Ferrara (ITA) 12.

For more information on the Abarth range visit www.abarthcars.co.uk or to find your nearest retailer visit www.abarthcars.co.uk/find-a-retailer.

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FIAT Chrysler Automobiles UK Press Office Contacts:
Kate Saxton - PR Director +44 (0)1753 519592 kate.saxton@fcagroup.com
Justin Westnedge - Press Relations Manager Abarth, MOPAR and FCA Ireland +44 (0)1753 519551 justin.westnedge@fcagroup.com

 

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