Luca Rossetti and Matteo Chiarcossi, after having regained the lead in the overall standings of the European Rally Championship thanks to the points obtained in the Rally of Poland, driving the Abarth Grande Punto S2000 bearing the colours of United Business, will be at the start of the 46th Rallye Antibes Cote d’Azur. Held from 14 – 16 October in France, with start and finish in Antibes and service area in Nice, this rally is sure to be climatic.
This prestigious French rally is the penultimate round of the European Championship and Luca Rossetti will race to defend, with his Abarth Grande Punto S2000, the recently reconquered championship lead. The United Business crew takes part for the second time in this French rally, his first time was in 2008, although they did not finish it was in Antibes that the strong Italian driver won his first European title. Now four years later, he is confident to compete in a race at the top.
A relaxed Luca Rossetti said: “After the good result at the Rally of Poland, we head for the French Riviera confident but, despite leading the Championship and as I had predicted, winning the title this year is much more difficult than in the past years and now we are in the final rush. The car has always been very competitive, the Michelin tyres are a guarantee of performance, and United Business has always provided all the technical, logistical and sporting support needed. The Rallye d’Antibes is a difficult race, but right here four years ago, although I could not finish the race, I won my first international title, which was one of the highlights of my career: winning the title of 2008 European Champion will always be an unforgettable moment. The location of this rally is very nice, I will be at the start way to honour this race and to try to amuse the French fans. As every rally abroad, the local and international competition is always very skilled and getting results is never easy, putting myself to the test on new roads, different countries and facing the French or otherwise foreign drivers for me is an exciting challenge that I hope to honour with a good performance. I would like to bring to Abarth another positive result, Matteo and I will do everything to climb on the top step of the podium with our Grande Punto”.
The FIA calendar for the continental championship sees the Rallye International du Valais as its final round.
– Credit: United Racing Press.