The “42° Rally Il Ciocco e Valle del Serchio” will open in a big style the Italian Rally Championship 2019 but also the new ACI Sport Rally Cup of the area. The race scheduled from 21 to 23 March between the sea of Forte dei Marmi and the mountains of Media Valle and Garfagnana, will involve a large part of the province of Lucca and many international and national rally champions; in fact 64 entrants registrations for the CIR and 50 for the "regional" race.

The Swiss Team Race Art Technology / ŠKODA Swiss Motorsport will be engaged in this last competition with the driver Jacopo Civelli coming from Como at the wheel of one of the seven R5 class cars protagonists of the local race, the ŠKODA Fabia in the official Swiss colors. To the notes the expert co-driver Beppe Tricoli, ready to face the “home rally” and give maximum support to Civelli eager to start well the 2019 sporting season after a 2018 that saw him 4th overall at the “23° Rally del Molise " at his debut on the car but ended in a rather disappointing due to the stop during the long-awaited “5° National Rally ACI Como”.

The crew will have to run 71.82 kilometers of special stages on a total road of 325.85 kilometers, nine SS starting from the super special stage drawn on the splendid seafront of Forte dei Marmi, a crossed challenge scheduled for Friday 22 March starting at 17.34, that will see two crews engaged at a time. After the evening transfer to the heart of the Garfagnana, the challenge will open on Saturday from the second passage on the "Massa Sassorosso" (km 6.90) followed by "Careggine" (km 11.42), "Il Ciocco 1" (km 2.37), "Tereglio "(Km 13.96)," Renaio "(km 14.32) and again the stage inside the Tenuta Il Ciocco. Then the technical assistance on the cars and the leave for the repetition of the two SS "Massa Sassorosso" and "Careggine" with the arrival and the awards of the winners at La Rocca in Castelnuovo Garfagnana starting at 19.30.

"After a 2018 ended with a bitter taste - says Jacopo Civelli on the eve of the event – we restart from Il Ciocco, on the same roads where over 10 years ago I tried for the first time a Rally car as a passenger with REAG Rally Team. For this new challenge and season we will rely on Pirelli tires to try to keep up with the many strong local drivers, making the most of the advice of the co-driver Giuseppe Tricoli and the companions and friends of the Art Motorsport”.

For the "42° Rally Il Ciocco e Valle del Serchio" extensive coverage of TV, web, radio and press, further enriched with the expansion of the agreement with Rai Sport, in fact just for the occasion of the opening race of the Italian Rally Championship there are three interventions with the TG Sport on Rai 2. The first connection is scheduled for Friday after the official start and the SSP in Forte dei Marmi; the other two will be held on Saturday mid-day and at the end of the rally. Of course, there will be an intense television, web, radio and press programming signed by ACI Sport.
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In the picture the crew in action on the ŠKODA Fabia R5 at “5° Rally Nazionale ACI Como”, 19-20 October 2018.

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