MUSTI-ZANET, CAIROLI-MORI, PEDERSOLI-ADAMO THE WINNERS OF THE 21ST RALLYLEGEND 2023
Republic of San Marino.
Dominant in the three stages of Rallylegend among the “Historic” is Matteo Musti from Pavia, with Marsha Zanet, new Italian Rally Auto Storiche 2° Raggruppamento champions, here at the start with Porsche 911 RS. Simone Brusori, chasing the third category victory at Rallylegend, here with Salvatore Tridici and also on a Porsche 911 RS, only managed to get close, for a while, to the winner who, however, extended his pace again, up to the victory. Third place for the first of the San Marino crews, the one composed of Stefano Rosati, with Salvatore Tontini aboard of Talbot Lotus with which they were present in almost all editions of Rallylegend.
Among the “Classic” it was a clear victory for the nine-time world motocross champion Tony Cairoli, paired with Eleonora Mori, a very talented co-driver, who were immediately at ease with Colin McRae’s Subaru Impreza 555 Best. Cairoli is at his second participation and second target at Rallylegend. Behind Cairoli a couple of South American champions, both among the top protagonists of the World Rally Production Championship a few years ago. The Argentinian Marcos Ligato, making his debut at Rallylegend, with Ruben Garcia at notes, who finished 12″9 behind Cairoli, preceding the Uruguayan Gustavo Trelles, with Jorge Del Buono, further behind. Ligato and Trelles, like Cairoli, also drove Subaru Impreza 555s from the Best project, for an all-blue and yellow podium, very exciting colours. Two San Marino crews in fourth and fifth position: in this order Marcello Colombini, a regular presence at Rallylegend, with the BMW M3 E30, a position which allowed his co-driver Marco Selva to win the trophy named in memory of Silvio Stefanelli, which rewards the first in the ranking of the codrivers of the Republic of Titan, followed by Loris Baldacci and the experienced local co-driver Enzo Zafferani.
In the “WRC” category, Luca Pedersoli, multiple Italian champion in various Italian series, and Andrea Adamo, former Hyundai Motorsport team principal, were the “masters” of the field, on board of a Citroen C3 WRC Plus., taking the lead at the start and increasing the lead until the final 1’16”6. Second place for the Swiss champion Sebastien Carron, with Romain Lambiel, aboard a Skoda Fabia R5, who gave a “legend” tone to their recent Skoda Fabia R5 by dressing it in a Martini Racing style livery. Closing out the podium is another Swiss crew, the one made of Mirko Puricelli, with Nicola Medici, on Citroen DS3 WRC, in their third place at Rallylegend, but still very happy to have once again been part of this great event.
RALLYLEGEND 2023: A SUCCESS OVER THE YEARS!
Those who know Rallylegend, are more and more in love with it, and those who come for the for the first time, inevitably fall in love with it. Rallylegend number 21 obtains unanimous approval, even among the illustrious guests who have been in San Marino in these days.
Antonello Coletta, Head of Ferrari GT Sports Activities: “Congratulations to the organizers for the wonderful event, full of fans and enthusiasts. I was pleased to receive recognition for the victory at the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans and the experience aboard the Ferrari 308 GTB driven by “Lucky” Battistolli. It has been an exciting news for me.”
Miki Biasion is still surprised by Rallylegend: “A bigger and more intense hug from the public than ever. Every year it is wonderful for me to immerse myself in the affection of so many fans, to perceive how much the performances of us drivers from the past are still imprinted in the memories of many. At the end of these four days I am tired but very happy.”
Dani Sordo at his first Rallylegend: “I’ve always heard a lot about RallyLegend in terms of great enthusiasm but I have to say that coming into contact with this fantastic event overcomes all fantasies. Beautiful, an atmosphere that can only be found here. I want to come back and drive the whole rally, entertain fans for four days and have fun.”
Juha Kankkunen is another Legend who never misses Rallylegend: “I have been present at Rallylegend for many years now. Over time, I took part in the rally, I put on a show among the Legend Stars and this year I was celebrated for the 30th anniversary of my fourth and last world title. Being here now for me is like being in the family, with many fans who remember me.”
Renè Arnoux, a Formula 1 champion who “landed” at Rallylegend: “It’s my second Rallylegend. Last year I was enchanted by everything that happens here and this year I helped bring some rare pieces from the Renault museum here. I really like the athmosphere and the passion that can be felt here, unique!”.
Paolo Valli and Vito Piarulli, organizers of Rallylegend: “Year after year, Rallylegend still surprises us, too! Also this year we managed to present an edition of Rallylegend with original content which, evidently, meets the wishes of many enthusiasts. It’s not easy, but we work hard all year and the results comfort us. Now we’ll get to work straight away for next year.”
Manager: Leo Todisco Grande
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