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RACC PRESENTS REGULARITY RALLY CATALUNYA HISTORIC


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- 41 vehicles will participate in this test for the classics organized by the RACC

 

- Emphasizes the participation of nine foreign teams and illustrious names of Spanish regularity as a driver Antonio Zanini, with the 1972 Simca 1000 GT

 

- In this fourth edition, the presence of the SEAT Coches Históricos team stands out, which will have drivers like Mia Bardolet (SEAT 1400B)

 

- The Catalunya Rally is associated with the Ypres Historic Rally of Belgium in an agreement that aims to promote the two rallies with most of the history in Europe: Catalonia and Ypres

 

- The latest Belgian rally winner, Ruben Maes-Michael Perin (Porsche 914/6), will take part in this rally edition

 

- The test will be developed in two days, on a linear route of 578 km, with 14 sections on closed road and 153 km of regularity

 

The RACC presented the itinerary for the 4th edition of the Catalunya Històric-Rally de les Caves Rally at its headquarters. The regularity competition for the classics organized by the Club will be held on February 28 and 29 and will commemorate the legendary Rally of Les Caves for the second consecutive year. This race ran from 1970 to 1983 and later evolved into the current RallyRACC.

This year's novelties include the itinerary, which will cover several races of the WRC rally, and Salou, which will be the basis of the competition for the first time.

 

The presentation was led by the Club President, Josep Mateu and the Mayor of Salou, Pere Granados, among other authorities. Many of the 41 registered teams from Spain, France, Belgium and Portugal also attended the event.

 

Two days of regularity in the sections of the World Cup

 

The 4th Catalunya Històric-Rally de les Caves Rally will be developed in two phases that make up a 577.82 km route, of which 152.97 km will be regularity on closed and linear roads, where none of the specials will be repeated. During the two days, the teams will cover 14 sections. Although some of them were made in the last edition of the Rally, this year's itinerary includes special RallyRACC CATALUNYA-COSTA DAURADA, a fact that strengthens its category of extra-range tests. In addition, as in the World Championship event, Salou launches as a base for this event, with the park closed and the arrival podium on his Paseo Marítimo.

 

Friday 28 February: 6 sections from Barcelona to Salou, as in the RallyRACC

Next Friday, February 28, at 12.30, the participants will leave from Avenida de la Catedral de Barcelona and will head towards Subirats (Mirador de les Caves), after the corresponding administrative and technical checks. The first section, "Font-Rubí" (4.51 km), will begin at 15.36. The sections that will make up the times of this first day are: "Puig de les Agulles" (9.27 km / 15.58 h), "Pontons" (5.91 km / 16.26 h) and, after a grouping of 20 minutes in Aiguaviva-El Montmell, the section of "El Montmell" (13.76 km) will begin at 5.13 pm. The last part of the first stage will be performed by the sections of "L'Albiol" (9.69 km / 18.31 h) and "Riudecanyes" (16.37 km / 19.17 h).

 

The park closed for participants will be operational from 20:15 in Salou. From that moment there are three types of registration, those who have opted for Premium or all inclusive ', will have a menu designed by the chef of the Deliranto restaurant, which has a Michelin star, at the Hotel Regente Aragón in Salou.

 

Saturday 29 February: 8 sections and end of the party at the Hilton Diagonal Mar in Barcelona

The teams will start from the podium in Salou at 9.00 on Saturday 29 February and will travel 93.46 km on a regular basis, making it the longest day. At this point the 6 participants who have chosen the One Day registration option will be added, after the corresponding administrative and technical checks in Salou.

 

The day will begin with an old section of the World Cup: "Duesaigües" (16.20 km), at 9.38. During the morning there will also be "La Mussara" (10.06 km / 10.38 h), "El Pont d'Armentera" (21.56 km / 11.52 h) and "Savallà-Conesa" (13.88 km / 12.42 h)).

 

After the meal and the grouping in Santa Coloma de Queralt, the final part of the meeting will be played, which will also include 4 sections: "Vallespinosa" (6.17 km / 15.28 h), "Querol" (9.25 km / 15,52 h), "Òdena" (7,48 km / 16,57 h) and "Talamanca" (8,86 km / 17,45 h). After the last special, the participants will head to the closed test park which will be located at the Hilton Diagonal Mar in Barcelona, ??which is the sponsor of the competition together with the Salou Tourist Board.

 

Catalunya Rally and the "Historic Regularity Challenge"

Another novelty of this fourth edition is the agreement reached by the RACC and the Belgian organizer Ypres Historic Rally, under which both clubs create the "Historic Regularity Challenge".

", a championship whose purpose is to promote and share the experiences of both events.

 

The winner of the Catalunya Històric 2020 Rally will have a free registration for the Ypres Historic Regularity Rally in 2020 (27-29 November), while the team that will win the Belgian test will also have a free registration for the Catalunya Històric 2021 Rally in Premium Mode (all inclusive). In addition, the absolute winner of the "Historic Regularity Challenge" will be able to participate with free registration to the prestigious Monte-Carlo Historique Rally of 2021.

 

The R 'for the winner

At the Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona Hotel, the prizes will be delivered during the Catalunya Històric Rally dinner, from 9.30pm on Saturday 29th, with the presence of the authorities and all the participants.

 

The first three classified teams will take the "R", the precious special trophy of the RACC. In addition, the first team of each class, the first foreign training, the first team member of the RACC and those who drive the oldest car, as long as they finish the rally, will be awarded. All teams participating in the two days of competition and crossing the finish line will receive the Finisher Trophy '.

 

Antonio Zanini participates in the 1972 Simca 1000 GT

 

In the list of participants in the Catalunya Històric-Rally de les Caves Rally there is a luxury participant: Antonio Zanini at the wheel of his 1972 Simca 1000 GT, with Josep Autet on his right. Zanini, five times winner of the same race in the 70s and 80s, will race in the car in which he participated in 1972 as an amateur driver. After performing in a major event and despite hitting Simca during that year's edition, his performance opened the doors of the SEAT Competition team.

 

Up to 9 foreign teams with victory options

In addition to the Zanini-Autet duo, there will be a large number of important regular cyclists. It is worth noting the presence of eight French and one Belgian-French teams. Three of them will participate in the Super Sport Regularity: Anthony Guillemat-Cristophe Cruzet (Porsche 911 SC Gr.4), who will be the first to get off the podium on Avenida de la Catedral de Barcelona; Christophe Berteloot-Aurélie Vanbelle (Porsche 911 SC); and Philippe Guillemat-Cristophe Fournerie (Volkswagen 1303 S). The category will be completed by Lluís Coma-Cros-Daniel Ferreiro (Porsche 930) and Marc Mayoral-María José Ribal (Volkswagen Scirocco GTX).

 

Also noteworthy is the participation of the Belgian team Ruben Maes-Michael Périn (Porsche 914/6), European regularity specialists and winners of several times, such as the 2019 Ypres Historic Regularity.

 

Great national specialists

The list of registrants has other expert names in the specialty of regularity. Among these are the winners of the first edition of the historic RACC meeting held in 2017, Carles Miró-Ivan Matavacas (Porsche 911 SC), as well as other exceptional teams: Juan Pedro García-Sergi Giralt (Autobianchi A-112 Abarth); the Nenas team "with Tere Armadans-Anna Vives (Volkswagen Golf GTI MK1); Joan Pedragosa-Josep Beltri (BMW 318i E21); José Manuel López Sobrado-Antonio Caldeira (Volkswagen Scirocco GTi); Francesc Segú-Joaquim Segú (Porsche 914 / 4) and many others.

 

The winning cars of the three previous editions will be out

Numerous historic SEAT teams will be present in this edition of the race, including the winning cars of the last two editions: the Seat 124 Special 1800 Gr.4, this time driven by Vicenç Aguilera and his daughter Elisabet Aguilera; and the Seat Ibiza GLX 1.5 piloted by Joan Dalmau and Gerard Massana. In addition, the winner of the first edition of the test held in 2017, the Porsche de Miró-Matavacas, which also participates in this fourth edition.

 

SEAT Históricos presents a strong team, led by former Spanish champion Josep Maria Bardolet-Carles Jiménez, who will participate in a 1957 SEAT 1400B, precisely the year of the start of the Catalunya Rally. Bardolet and the 1400B reached a brilliant sixteenth place overall in the past Monte-Carlo Historique Rally.