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CIRT 2024: Everyone against Andreucci in Italian gravel series

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The reigning champion, Paolo Andreucci, aboard his Citroen C3 rally2 equipped with MRF tires, will face a host of fierce and highly skilled opponents. From Alberto Battistolli with his Skoda Fabia RS rally2 to the strong Finnish driver Mikko Heikkila, not forgetting the returning Umberto Scandola (Skoda Fabia).

The Italian Rally Terra Championship (CIRT) is gearing up to start the 2024 season, with a significant number of entrants in the series dedicated to gravel enthusiasts. There will be 33 crews ready to compete on the dusty Italian roads. In addition to these, there will also be those enrolled in the single-brand championships of MRF Tyres, Pirelli, and Renault.

The reigning champion, Paolo Andreucci, aboard his Citroen C3 rally2 equipped with MRF tires, will face a host of fierce and highly skilled opponents. From Alberto Battistolli with his Skoda Fabia RS rally2 to the strong Finnish driver Mikko Heikkila, not forgetting the returning Umberto Scandola (Skoda Fabia).

As a luxury outsider, we find: the Florentine Tommaso Ciuffi, who finished second in the CIRT last year, Matteo Gamba, Nicola Tali, Enrico Oldrati, and the young Angelo Pucci Grossi.

The debut in the tricolore series of the Finnish driver Jaakko Lavio and the Corsican Jean-Philippe Quilichini will add further interest, while among the foreign crews, the Slovenian Aliosa Novak will be present, although not enrolled in the Championship.

Among the other rally2 entrants, the return of Tamara Molinaro stands out, while the Veronese Luca Hoelbling will race with a Skoda Fabia. The Tuscans Emanuele Dati and Stefano Bizzarri, on the other hand, will compete with two Citroen C3 rally2 fitted with MRF Tyres.

Great battles among the 2WD cars, with Nicolò Marchioro, although not enrolled in the Championship, will start with a Peugeot 208 rally4 equipped with MRF tires. The strong driver from Padua will have to face fierce opponents such as Fabio Solitro, Fabio Farina, Stefano Marrone, Andrea Piccardo, and the young Giuseppe Bitti, the youngest driver enrolled in the CIRT at just 18 years old.

The Championship will kick off next weekend with the Rally di Foligno, then continue in April with the Rally Val d’Orcia, followed by the Rally Adriatico and the Rally San Marino. After a summer break, the competition will resume with the Rally dei Nuraghi and the Vermentino Rally in Sardinia, concluding with the Rally delle Marche in Cingoli.