11th Ecorally International FIA and 8th Ecorally Press, classifications
ECORALLY SAN MARINO, SANREMO, MONTE-CARLO, CARS THAT RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT ON THE PODIUM
The winners in the regularity competition reserved for low environmental impact vehicles are proclaimed
Monte-Carlo, 19 June 2016 – The award ceremony for the 11th Ecorally San Marino, Sanremo, Monte-Carlo and 8th Ecorally Press, the ecological regularity rally for journalists, was held today in Monte-Carlo. The regularity competition on the road was devoted to low impact vehicles which, in Italy, account for 8.33% of the vehicles in circulation: there are 2,137,078 cars fueled with LPG (5.72%), 883,190 with LNG (2.36%), 82,381 gasoline hybrids (0.22%), 4,584 electrics (0.01%) and 2,957 diesel hybrids (0.01%), according to ACI data from 31 December 2015).
The vehicles, all commonly used, proving that it is possible to get around today with very little pollution, arrived at noon in the Principality of Monaco and drove along the Boulevard du Jardin Exotique and Rainier III to reach Place d’Armes. The teams then proceeded to the restaurant Castelroc for the award luncheon and ceremony. Ten cars, selected from among the winners and most representative, were left on display in Place du Palais, always deeply concerned with environmental problems and contributions to alternative mobility.
The 843 kilometers of the route wee divided into 3 legs and 14 competitive sectors, with 6 secret trials at fixed average speed read by photocell, 3 re-orderings – in Parma, at the Castle of Sarmato and at Sanremo – and 14 pressure hose measurements of the time. A particularly exciting portion came on Saturday, when the competition went over the route of the Sanremo Rally, which required the maximum effort by the teams to drive in an eco-friendly, safe and at the same time competitive manner.
The 40 cars in competition in the 11th Ecorally, which is the official international regularity competition included in the schedule of the FIA Alternative Energies Cup, started on Friday at 1:01 pm from San Marino one by one, with each team leaving one minute after the previous car. Legs and trials: The trials started right away with three regularity trials at constant speed before reaching the A14 motorway toward Forlì, transiting by Zannoni Carburanti, with two pressure hoses on the way. They then proceeded toward Bologna, where the pressure hoses were located at Sprint Gas and Tartarini Auto. In the Modena area there was a passage by the distributor Unione Gas Auto in Vignola, and on to Maranello, with control of passage and a stamp in front of the Ferrari plant. The last stop of the day was as Corte Tegge (Re), where pressure hoses were located at the Landi Renzo plant. The first day ended at Parma, from where the teams left again on Saturday morning for the first two legs with pressure hoses at Lampogas in Bianconese di Fontevivo and at Socogas in Fidenza. The tour continued to the castles of Parma and Piacenza with two pressure hoses at Vigoleno Castle, then between Agazzano Castle and the one at Castelnovo, where there was also a constant speed regularity trial. Arrival at Castello di Sarmato for lunch, then on to the motorway to Imperia. This was followed by two regularity trials at constant speed before arriving at Sanremo, at the end of the second day of the rally. On Sunday 19 the teams left Sanremo for Ventimiglia, Olivetta (border crossing) and Castellar, in France, where the service station at La Carel performed the final fuel check. The last leg took the teams to Monte-Carlo.
Classifications and award winners. For the 11th Ecorally, the winners were Guido Guerrini and Francesca Olivoni of the Ecomotori Racing Team, first in an Abarth 500 fueled with LPG, Fabio Loperfido and Alessandro Moretti of the Ecomotori Racing Team, second in an Abarth 500 fueled with LNG, the Canadians Lucas and Piotr Nytko, of the Nytko Motorsport team, third in a Toyota Yaris, Massimo Liverani and Valeria Strada, of the Montecarlo Engineering Racing Team, fourth in an Alfa Romeo Mito Quadrifoglio Verde fueled with LPG, the French team of Artur Prusak and Thierry Benchetrit, of Simulang, fifth in a Toyota Prius hybrid.
FIA Alternative Energies Cup classifications, first Artur Prusak and Thierry Benchetrit (IMAGE), of the Simulang team, in a Toyota Prius hybrid, second Massimo Liverani and Valeria Strada, of the Montecarlo Engineering Racing Team in an Alfa Romeo Mito Quadrifoglio verde fueled with LPG, third Fabio Loperfido and Alessandro Moretti, of the Ecomotori Racing Team, in an Abarth 500 fueled with LNG. In fourth place Guido Guerrini and Francesca Olivoni, also of the Ecomotori Racing Team, in an Abarth 500 fueled with LPG. In fifth place were the Canadian team of Lucas and Piotr Nytko, of Nytko Motorsport, in a Toyota Yaris hybrid.
The 8th Ecorally Press, in collaboration with Assogasliquidi and Consorzio Ecogas, technical partners Energas, Lampogas and Zetagas, was won by the team of Paolo Benevolo and Fabrizio Giamminuti, of the Aci Onda Verde Press Office in a Toyota Prius, with Fulvio Maria Ballabio and Fulvio Ciervo, of the Montecarlo Engineering Racing Team in second place in an Alfa Romeo Giulietta fueled with LPG, Luca Comandini and Claudio Anniciello of Sicurauto.it in third place for the Tartarini Auto team in a Ford Ka fueled with LPG, and Stefano Panzeri and Alberto Balestra of Ecomobile in fourth place for the My En team. Riccarda Robbiati and Sonia Milani of Eracemotorblog.it took fifth place with a Lancia Y fueled with LPG, and also won the Ladies’ Trophy.
The Nello Rosi Trophy, offered by My En, Unione Gas Auto and Ecomobile, when to the Centre de Presse of Monaco, and was presented to the director Jean Pierre Doria, for the support received in this first edition, where the Principality of Monaco was the prestigious destination of an event entirely devoted to eco-friendly cars. Special mention goes to L’Automobile, and was awarded to Andrea Cauli and Marco Perugini, competing in the Press rally. The motivation: the relaunching of the oldest Italian auto magazine thanks to the efforts of the Italian Automobile Club, now online and soon to appear in a hardcopy edition.
The award for the first San Marino team, in collaboration with Banca Cis, went to the editor in chief of the State TV station of the Republic of San Marino Sergio Barducci, teamed with Gianluca Dolcini in an Audi A3 fueled with LNG. The Special Calafuria award, offered by Vincenzo Catarsi Mare, a boatyard committed to promoting navigation at low environmental impact, went once again to Fulvio Maria Ballabio who, in addition to being a journalist and Consul of the Principality, has always been involved in both the nautical and the automotive sector. Other awards went to the Consuls of the Principality of Monaco Augusto Spaggiari and Estelle Antognelli, of the Office of Tourism and Conferences of Monaco, for their support of the event.
The San Marino Ecorally is held with the sponsorship of the Ministry for the Environment and Safeguard of the Territory and the Sea of the Italian Republic, and of the Secretary of State for the Territory and Environment and Secretary of State for Sports of the Republic of San Marino, and with the collaboration of Uiga – the Italian Union of Automotive Journalists.
It has a large number of technical partners, including Friulana Gas, which made available cars and eco-friendly fuels, locations and structures. Punto Gas and Slime were the suppliers of the antipuncture kits given to all the teams. Drivers toasted the Ecorally with non-alcoholic wine produced by Princess of Lavis, Trento.
Technical and regulatory management was handled by F.A.M.S. (the Federation of Auto Motorists of San Marino) through its Rally Officials; chronometric measurements are by the F.S.Cr. (the San Marino Timers Federation).