It was a bitter retirement for Matteo Gamba at the recent Rally San Marino di Castrozza. At the start of the second leg of this Italian event, his Peugeot 207 S2000 would not start and the engine was dead. In seeking the cause for Gamba’s non-start, he and his technicians noticed that the car’s ECU wires were cut. The police were immediately informed, along with the event’s officials.
This is the statement released by the CSAI regarding the matter: “Matteo Gamba, due to an act of sabotage to his car on the night inside the overnight parc fermè, could not take off for the second leg of the 32nd Rally San Martino di Castrozza and Primiero.”
Gamba was forced to retire while first in the classification for privateer drivers and third overall in the Championship standings, just behind the two official Peugeot and Skoda crews. Gamba’s effort and results achieved during this year’s Championship are now compromised, and it is the foremost reason as to why he has decided to end his season early to avoid taking part in the final two rounds, the Sanremo and Costa Smeralda rallies.
In relation to this matter, ACI-CSAI decided to send all the documents to the Federal Prosecutor’s Office prior to the opening of an official investigation into the incident. ACI-CSAI is naturally available to the judiciary so that both shed light on this serious incident.