01 Jul 2019
SUCCESS FOR ANDREA NUCITA AND ALINA POP AT THE 76TH POLISH RALLY IN THE ABARTH 124
- Andrea Nucita and co-driver Alina Pop win the third stage of the Abarth Rally Cup, valid for the European Championship ERC
- Andrea Nucita with Alina Pop led Dariusz Polonski with co-driver Lukasz Sitek and strengthen their leadership in the championship exclusive to the Abarth 124 rally
- Andrea Nucita is now 3rd in the ERC2 ranking
This win marks the second success this year for the Italian driver Andrea Nucita and the Romanian Alina Pop from the Bernini Rally team, the fourth race of the ERC and third race of the Abarth Rally Cup, the single-branded championship reserved for the Abarth 124. Second was taken by the Polish driver Dariusz Polonski and Lukasz Sitek of the Rallytechnology team.
During the first stage there was compelling battle between Nucita and Polonski. Nuctia was winning the first special stage, but in the following timed section, Polonski overtook him. The Abarth 124 was able to concquer the fast dirt-track special stages which included unstable surfaces which forced a number of teams to retire. In the sixth special stage, Nucita was able to maintain a solid advantage. In the second leg the Italian driver kept his position and was able to secure the win.
In the Abarth Rally Cup, Andrea Nucita has 62 points and Dariusz Polonski has 51 points. In the European championship's rank ERC2 Nucita is 3rd. Andrea Nucita (Bernini Rally team) said "It has been a very difficult race, with a route that challenged the resistance of both cars and pilots: it's not easy to drive special stages of more than 20 km with an average of 100 km/h on a narrow and disjointed dirt-track. A real test of reliability for our Abarth 124 rally".
Dariusz Polonski (Rallytechnology team) commented "After the first special stages I thought I could have my first success. I'm still satisfied for achieving the best time in most of the special stages".
The next race for the Abarth Rally Cup and for the European Championship is the Roma Capitale Rally, scheduled for the 20-22 of July.
Abarth Rally Cup's rank after the Rally Poland: 1.Nucita (ITA) 62; 2. Polonski-Sitek (POL) 51; 3. Monarri-Chamorro (SPA) 25; 4. Garcia Perez-Diaz Negrin (SPA) 18; 5. Nitišs- Kulšs (LVA) 15.
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