Rally di Roma Capitale 2020 - 24-26/07/2020
Where: Rome, Italy
The rally in 100 words: The progression of this asphalt event, organised and promoted by Max Rendina’s Motorsport Italia organisation, is impressive. Having first run in 2013, Rally di Roma Capitale made its ERC debut in 2017 as Italy returned to the European championship for the first time since 2013 when Rallye Sanremo was on the calendar. It proved a big hit and continues to flourish. While COVID-19 restrictions meant no visit to Ostia for the seaside superspecial, the popular stages around Pico to the far south east of event hub Fiuggi remain. By also counting as an Italian championship round, local participation was strong.
FIA European Rally Championship 2020, round 1 of 6
FIA ERC1 Junior Championship 2020, round 1 of 5
FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2020, round 1 of 5
Abarth Rally Cup 2020, round 1 of 5
Also counting for…
FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams
What’s new for 2020?
Extensive calendar changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic meant Rally di Roma Capitale hosted the ERC season opener for the first time. Mass-gathering restrictions as a result of COVID-19 resulted in no visit to Ostia for the traditional event-deciding superspecial. Meanwhile, event organisers embraced new cost-cutting rules that allowed Tarmac stages to be used three times rather than twice as was the case previously.
2020: Alexey Lukyanuk/Dmitry Eremeev (Citroën C3 R5)
2019: Giandomenico Basso/Lorenzo Granai (Škoda Fabia R5)
2018: Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5)
2017: Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri (Ford Fiesta R5)
2016: Umberto Scandola/Guide D’Amore (Škoda Fabia R5)*
1: Rome’s famous Colosseum, which features on the Roma parade route, is the largest amphitheatre ever built. Construction began in AD 72 and was completed in AD 80.
2: In stark contrast, Rally di Roma Capitale took place for the first time in 2013 and joined the ERC roster in 2017.
3: The commune of event base Fiuggi, to the southeast of central Rome, was made famous by its natural spring water and the healing powers it possesses.
4: Rome was one of two European capitals to host the ERC in 2019 with Nicosia home to the Cyprus Rally.
5: Italy has celebrated 23 European championship triumphs over the years. Giandomenico Basso and Luca Rossetti are both multiple winners.
Starts: 17h15, Friday 24 July (Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome)
Finishes: 18h00, Sunday 26 July (Fiuggi)
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 4 (2017-2020)
Stage distance: 197.80 kilometres
Liaison distance: 615.77 kilometres
Total distance: 813.57 kilometres
Free Practice (for priority drivers): 07h00, Friday 24 July (Fumone)
Qualifying Stage (for priority drivers): 09h30, Friday 24 July (Fumone)
Shakedown (for all drivers): 10h30-12h30, Friday 24 July (Fumone)
Start order selection, ceremonial start, Roma parade: 17h15, Friday 24 July (Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome)
Results and live timing: https://www.fiaerc.com/live-timing/