After being away for some years from the Italian Rally Championship (C.I.R.), Matteo had decided to come back in the C.I.R. 2012 – which is made up of eight rallies: it starts in March with the Rally del Ciocco – in Tuscany – and ends in October with Rally Sanremo – which is also a round of the IRC series.
Matteo was a Mitsubishi official driver in 2007, when he took part to the entire Italian Championship with a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX – prepared by Ralli Art Italy. In 2010 he ran the Renault West European Trophy with a Renault Clio R3 (including rallies in Monte Carlo, Ypres and Barum) – achieving fourth overall int the Drivers’ Championship standings at the end of the season, just behind Kevin Abbring, Pierre Campana and Eric Mauffrey.
For this season, Matteo has reconfirmed his reference points: codriver – as usual Emanuele Inglesi will seat alongside him- , team and car. Concerning the team , Matteo has chosen for this year the Balbosca team, which is based in Piemonte; it will provide him with a Peugeot 207 S2000 like the previous season, as Matteo is also running for the trophy for the French brand’s top car.
To get prepared properly to the demanding Italian rounds, Matteo is planning to compete in Tuscany during the upcoming weekend in the “Rally del Carnevale” (which is a short mileage rally), where he’s already awaited as one of the main event’s protagonist.
About his plans, Matteo says: “After all the impressive experiences we had before on rallying around Europe, I’m glad we have our plans sorted for this year and I’m sure will be nice return to compete in Italy.”
He also added: “In March we should arrange also the Peugeot Sport’s brand new updates for our Peugeot 207 S2000, we reckon to utilize at the 1st round of the C.I.R. at once.”
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