Andrea Crugnola wins Rally Del Casentino 2020 with Citroën C3 R5
As rallying slowly restarts on the european continent, Andrea Crugnola and Pietro Ometto, Citroën Italy officiel crew, win the 2020 Rally International del Casentino with Citroën C3 R5 facing strong competition.
The International Rally del Casentino is a traditional warm-up for Rally di Roma Capitale (24-26 July 2020), which will act the start of European and Italian rally championships.
Andrea Crugnola (Citroën C3 Rally2) takes the lead of the race in the first stage et wins all three stages of the first loop. In second place, young italian driven Damiano De Tommaso (Skoda Fabia Evo) cannot match Crugnola's pace and follows with a 14s gap.
For his first appearence in C3 R5, Andrea Crugnola wins six out of seven stages and sweeps victory with more than 20s. et rentre vainqueur avec plus de vingt secondes d'avance. A promising performance for the italian championship !
In the second Citroën C3 R5 engaged, Italian driver Antonio Rusce finished tenth overall (ninth in the International cup).
Andrea Crugnola, Citroën Italy official driver, Citroën C3 R5, declared to Rallylink.it :
"Competition was fierce, I tried to drive at my pace and work for the Rally di Roma Capitale. We worked on the car, using settings that were perhaps not the fastest ones but we did some choices to prepare ourselves for the forthcoming season...
It’s definitely a good start with the Citroën C3, I like it a lot and it suits my driving style. We still have some margin but in my opinion the car has a great potential."
Fabrizio Fabbri, Team FPF Sport :
"We came here for some tests before Rally di Roma Capitale. Casentino is representative of Roma roads, with sinuous roads, lots of turns. We have been able to test different settings.
The car has performed very well, Andrea won almost every stage of the rally, without any technical issue.
We will validate set-ups with a new test at RallyLana this week-end, before going to Roma Capitale."
Final classification - Rally du Casentino 2020 :
- Andrea Crugnola - Pietro Ometto (Citroën C3 R5, FPF)
- Damiano de Tommaso - Patrick Bernardi (Skoda Fabia R5 Evo) : +21,1s
- Fabio Andolfi - Giorgia Ascalone (Skoda Fabia R5) : +40,4s