Portuguese rally driver representing United Business will take part for the first time in the most glamorous Italian rally event, the 2011 Monza Rally Show. He will be at the start with the Peugeot 207 S2000 of the Pa Racing Team, the car with which he recently competed in the Rally du Valais where he was forced to retire when he was in first place overall.
United Business requested the presence of Bernardo Sousa at the important Italian event, among the entries are the eight-time world champion Sébastien Loeb (Citroen DS3 WRC), Dani Sordo (MINI Countryman WRC) winner of the 2010 edition, Dindo Capello (Citroen DS3 WRC), Valentino Rossi (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), Piero Longhi (MINI Countryman WRC), Alessandro Perico (Citroen C4 WRC), Felice Re (Citroen C4 WRC) and another 20 drivers with WRC cars.
Sousa will race with his Peugeot fitted with Pirelli tyres, competition in this class will be fierce, as there will be the three-time European Rally Champion Luca Rossetti, of the multiple Italian Rally Champion Paolo Andreucci, of Giandomenico Basso, of the MotoGP and Moto2 champions (Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone), the Super 2000 cars at the start should be over 30. Also noteworthy is the participation of Max Papis with the Toyota Camry with which he competes in the NASCAR championship. Papis will be the course car in all the special stages and, on Sunday afternoon, he will perform during the Master Show.
“It is the first time I take part in the Monza Rally Show,” said Sousa. “The drivers of United Business, my team mates, described it with enthusiastic terms for the names of the drivers who take part in it, for the spectators, for the media coverage that this rally guarantees, thanks to the many celebrities and famous people who are present, but I will mostly be in Monza to measure myself against some of the Italian and the world’s best drivers. I have never done this race, with the 207 I did only half of the Rally du Valais, I will have at my side a co-driver with whom I have never raced previously, Corrado Mancini, in short, everything is new for me, but also very nice, I will see during the race how the situation will evolve and I hope to do well. It is a rally show, so it will be important to entertain the audience, but I will also try to get some good stage times”.
The format of the 2011 edition of the Monza Rally Show offers the new “Grid Exhibition” scheduled before the start of SS1 on Friday November 25th, an initiative that aims to increase the involvement of spectators and schedules the deployment of the cars in the pit lane, according to the start order, in a sort of exhibition for the spectators who will have the chance to take a close look at the cars and meet the drivers a few minutes before the start of the first Special Stage. The race will take place from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th November at the Autodromo di Monza, with a total of 9 special stages for a total length of 154.70km. On Sunday, November 27th, from 14h00 the “Master Show” will take place, a direct knock-out special stage which will be held on a 1,500m track set up on the central straight line of the track and that will host the best crews of the “Monza Rally Show.”
– Credit: United Business.