29 Jun 2020
A new calendar for the 2020 Abarth Rally Cup: 6 events in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), including a new one, the spectacular Azores Rallye
- The 2020 season of the Abarth Rally Cup officially opens with the Rally di Roma Capitale on July 24, then continues to Latvia, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Hungary and Spain
- The new event is the Azores Rallye, one of the most spectacular in the international calendar
The 2020 season of the Abarth Rally Cup will be ready to restart the engines on July 24 at the Rally di Roma Capitale, the opening race of the FIA ERC 2020.
In the last few days, the new calendar has been published for the one-make racing reserved for the Abarth 124 rally, consisting of 6 prestigious races, all of which are valid for the overall European championship.
Four of these races are held on tarmac: Rally di Roma Capitale (July 24-26), Barum Czech Rally Zlín (August 28-30), Rally Hungary (November 6-8) and Rally Islas Canarias (November 26-28); while two are run on gravel: the Rally Liepāja in Latvia (August 14-16) and the Azores Rallye, scheduled from September 17 to 19.
The latter is the new event for the 2020 season. The race on the Portuguese archipelago is one of the most spectacular in the world for the breathtaking scenery where the competitors will take the wheel. An especially iconic section is the Sete Cidades special stage, which takes place along the rim of a volcanic crater lake.
This is an additional opportunity for drivers taking part in the Abarth Rally Cup, with a prize fund of €30,000 for each race, plus the grand prize for the Championship winner, worth the same amount. The final standings for the Abarth Rally Cup will be drawn up on the basis of the top 5 results.
The Scorpion brand will also see private teams on the racetrack, with engineers and technicians providing spare parts services in the pit, along with the Abarth Hospitality provision.
While we wait to restart with the 2020 season of the Abarth Rally Cup, Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat & Abarth Brands, and Jean-Baptiste Ley, ERC Co-ordinator, take stock of the sporting successes of the Abarth 124 rally and the Abarth Rally Cup, part of the FIA European Rally Championship, in a video at this link.
Turin, June 29, 2020.