- In Spain, the SMC Junior Motorsport team in the Rallye Villa de Adeje with the Abarth 124 rally of Alberto Monarri (SP) and Rodrigo Sanjuán (SP).
- In France, the Abarth Selenia Trophy and the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth on the Le Castellet circuit.
Another weekend of major international events for Abarth: in Spain, the SMC Junior Motorsport team, with Alberto Monarri (SP) and Rodrigo Sanjuàn (SP), defends its leadership of the R-GT category in the Rally Villa de Adeje, held on the island of Tenerife, while the drivers of the Abarth Selenia Trophy and the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth will be competing on the Le Castellet circuit in France on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May.
The Rallye Villa de Adeje, a Spanish Tarmac Rally Championship event held on the island of Tenerife (SP), involving the Madrid-based SMC Junior Motorsport team with the crew of Alberto Monarri (SP) and Rodrigo Sanjuàn (SP) in an Abarth 124 rally.
In the two previous races the Spanish team was victorious in the R-GT category, and its aim is to finish first again at this event.
The race on the island of Tenerife involves two gruelling stages: the first starts from Adeje at 5 pm on Friday 11 May and ends late the same evening, at around 11.30 pm. The second, concluding section of the race starts at 9 am on Saturday 12 May and ends at 5.30 pm. Overall, there are 14 special test stages, with a total of 154.54 km of time trials out of a course of 462 km.
In France there is eager expectation ahead of the Abarth Selenia Trophy's return to the Le Castellet circuit, which the championship last visited in 2014. Italian, Finnish, Swedish and French drivers will fight it out at the wheel of Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione cars on one of Europe's most spectacular tracks. Italian Cosimo Barberini, who won the Trophy's two opening races held at Imola, will be challenged by his fellow-countryman Andrea Mabellini, Finnish driver Juuso Pajuranta and Robin Appelqvist from Sweden.
In the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse category, the battle for the top spot is between very young Under 18 drivers Filippo Lazzaroni (ITA) and Aurora Coria (ITA).
Competing as a guest at this Abarth Selenia Trophy event will be Frenchman Nicolas Ciamin, an up-and-coming rally driver currently involved full time in the French Rally Championship, driving the Milano Racing team's Abarth 124. For Ciamin, just 20 years old and a participant in the French Federation's scheme for young rally drivers, this will mark his return to circuit racing after 2 years away. Ciamin stated: "Getting back on the track is always exciting, and taking to the circuit in an Abarth racing car is an even greater thrill. I can't wait to try the 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione and pit my skills against its finest drivers; it's going to be an adrenalin-packed weekend!".
The Le Castellet circuit will also host the second event in the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth, with 31 fledgling drivers, representing 17 countries, at the wheel of the Tatuus single-seaters propelled by the Abarth T-Jet engine.
The overall standings are headed by Brazilian Enzo Fittipaldi, who recorded two wins in the first race, on the Adria circuit, with Leonardo Lorandi in second place.
There is a dual schedule on the French circuit
Abarth Selenia Trophy
- Saturday 12 May - qualifying practice at 1.40 pm and Superpole session at 2.10 pm
- Sunday 13 May - race one at 9 am (broadcast live on Sportitalia TV) and race two at 1.30 pm (broadcast on Sportitalia TV at 5 pm)
Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth
- Saturday 12 May - qualifying practice at 9 am and 9.25 am and race one at 2.50 pm (broadcast on Sportitalia TV at 5 pm)
- Sunday 13 May - race two at 9.50 am (broadcast live on Sportitalia TV) and race three at 3.40 pm (broadcast on Sportitalia TV at 5.45 pm)
Turin, 11 May 2018
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