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Portuguese Championship: Nuno Matos presents a new project based on a brand new Volkswagen Amarok PROTO T3.

The experienced Portuguese driver Nuno Matos, current leader of the Portuguese Cross-Country Championship (CPTT) in the T8 category, has been surprising the sport with differentiated and competitive vehicles that have allowed him to win triumphs and titles over the last few years. From now on, the Portalegrense driver will be competing in a Volkswagen Amarok PROTO in the T3 category.

Nuno Matos will now be competing in one of the fastest-rising categories in the CPTT, such as the super-competitive T3 category, in a prototype vehicle with the looks of the newest version of the Volkswagen Amarok, an emblematic vehicle in off-road racing that recently received an evolution that promises to continue to make a difference in its segment on the national and international markets.

Like the driver's other projects, the Volkswagen Amarok PROTO was developed entirely in Portugal and will feature an engine from the German brand.

The usual partners and sponsors that the driver has had for several years have not missed the call, and so Nuno Matos, navigated by Ricardo Claro, is giving up the fight for the title in the T8 category and is already starting this new adventure. "Naturally, it's with great regret that we're leaving behind the work we've done to get to the front of the T8 category, but in truth, this was a very interesting opportunity for us to think about the future, and we had to grab it tooth and nail. The fight in the T8 category was very interesting, and that's why we know that the title will be in good hands," said the driver before turning his attention to the future: "We're very proud to present this car, a Volkswagen Amarok PROTO, which is 100% in line with our cross-country career and which we believe will be competitive. This car has very particular characteristics that the public will soon get to know, and the whole team is working hard to be present at the fifth round of the Portuguese Cross-Country Championship, the Baja TT Sharish Reguengos. We're very excited about the challenge and very grateful to all our partners who, once again, have put their trust in us and supported this project," he said. 

The Portuguese Cross-Country Championship consists of a total of seven races, with three events still to be held: Baja TT Sharish Reguengos / Mourão / Redondo (September 22-24), Baja TT Oeste (October 6-8) and Baja Portalegre 500 (October 27-28).


Automatic translation of the original Portuguese version available on www.todoterreno.pt
Source: official press release


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Nyír1 Baja 2023: Nagykálló is back in the route of the Hungarian Championship

Nyir Baja is part of the Hungarian Championship

Last year it was missing from the competition calendar, but this year, one of the most enjoyable field locations, Nagykálló, returns to the program of the Hungarian Rally-Raid Championship. Nyír1 Baja, the fifth race of the championship, will take place on 14-16 September in the municipality of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg. Nagykálló is the old favorite of Hungarian rally-raid teams because the tracks and the sandy soil here always provide for a pleasant and fun race. This year, however, not even the most experienced drivers can use their experience of the race, as the tracks have been thoroughly renewed, and will include visits to three new settlements: Kisleta, Nyírgelsé and Nyírbogát.

In addition to the entire Hungarian field, a renowned group of foreign teams will also race in Nagykálló, like the Czech Miroslav Zapletal and his Slovak codriver Marek Sykora (Ford). The Nyír1 Baja, can seriously shake the cards in terms of the final outcome of the championship.

Currently, they are in the Zapletal is the best positioned, but Csucsu and Mesterházi Márk (Toyota) are within the range despite the problems they have experienced in the last race.  In third place at the moment, Masters (Ford) and the Polish Kubiczek (Can-Am) are fighting.

The local colors are represented by the Tamás – Vajda Szabolcs duo (Can-Am). "Last year we were here in the Challenge category, but I heard that now the tracks are going to be completely different. People like motorsport here, so I’m sure there will be a lot of viewers now. This sandy soil is completely different from what we are used to in other races, and the big question is whether it will rain or not. I hope it will be, but one thing is certain: we will do our best," he said.

Also from the region comes Ludas Zoltán – Majoros Attila (Can-Am). "This was my first race last year, we were in the Challenge and I liked it, but because of the rules of the category, we couldn’t go the way we wanted. This is a flat area; there are no large holes or jumps, but there are long straights, so you can dictate a pace. We hope that after the problems of the past, the technology is now coming together. I wouldn't mind if we had a dry race, but the main thing is to reach the goal," said the pilot.

During the two days of the race, Nyír1 Baja will complete a total of almost 440 kilometers of the field, of which 302 kilometers will be the measured section. On Friday, three 20-kilometer selectors will be on the pitch, and on Saturday, a 61-kilometer course will be completed twice in one direction and twice in the other. The competition ends on Saturday evening with a ceremonial prize ceremony.



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Photo: LP Racing

Baja Sharish 2023: Entry list - Cars national

Baja TT Sharish entry list - CPTT FPAK

There are only a few days left to Baja TT Sharish Gin - Reguengos de Monsaraz / Mourão / Redondo 2023, and so we invite you to come to know better the municipalities that will receive this spectacular race

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Baja Vermentino 2023: Baja Vermentino ready to start

info: Italian Championship.  This race is also part of the Italian Rally Championship
Info: Race map bellow the text

  • Presented the 20th Rally dei Nuraghi e del Vermentino, a race of the Italian Rally Terra Modern, Historic and Cross Country Championship.
  • The presentation, at the Wine Museum in Berchidda, was also attended by Regional Councillor Gianni Chessa, Aci Sardegna President Giulio Pes and Berchidda Mayor Andrea Nieddu
  • The scenic Wine Museum in Berchidda hosted this afternoon the presentation of the 20th Rally dei Nuraghi e del Vermentino, a race with a tricolor triple title that will be run on September 15-16.

The event, organized by Rassinaby Racing with the support of the Regional Tourism and Sports Departments, will be valid for the Italian Rally Terra Championship, the Zone 9 Rally Cup, the Sardinia Aci Sport Regional Delegation Championship and the Pirelli Star Rally4 Terra Trophy and the N5 Italia Trophy. Alongside the modern rally, also on the program is the Rally Historicu, now in its fifth edition titled for the Rally Terra Storiche Championship and the Regional, and the 4th Baja Vermentino Terre di Gallura, valid for the Italian Cross Country Championship and Ssv.

The president of Rassinaby Racing, Alessandro Taras, said, "To be here again after 20 years is no small emotion, as simple enthusiasts which we have always been we had taken a simple path but then managed to get here. There is no shortage of tracks in Sardinia and we have managed to grow. Then at the end of 2017, the choice to switch from asphalt to dirt, which had surprised everyone but eventually paid off, as the tricolour titles came. We have an earth race in which even the transfers are almost exclusively on earth, and we thank Forestas for this possibility. Our Rally is also promotion of the territory: last year we had gone to promote the race in Spain, this year we went to Finland and, thanks to this transfer, we will have a Finnish crew in the race."

Regional Councillor for Tourism, Handicrafts and Trade, Gianni Chessa, connected by videoconference, said, "The Rally of the Nuraghi and Vermentino is a sporting event that lengthens our tourist season, promotes a Sardinia that goes beyond the sea giving it an international showcase. We are honored, as a council, to also support the Monte Acuto and Gallura territories involved in the race. We are on the right track, and the numbers prove it: the combination of sports-collateral events, in this case also food and wine and cultural events, make it possible to make Sardinia's potential and heritages even more known. Congratulations and thanks to the organizers of Rassinaby Racing, Aci and all those who work for the success of the event."

Giulio Pes di San Vittorio, president of Aci Sardegna and Aci Sassari, said, "It is not easy to organize a race for 20 years, keep an association together and always raise the bar. Rassinaby Racing on the other hand is doing it, so congratulations from me and from Daniele Settimo, chairman of the Rally Commission. As Aci Sassari we are carrying out a study, based on the one carried out in 2019 for Rally Italia Sardegna, to quantify the economic impact on the territory generated by motoring events."

The mayor of Berchidda, Andrea Nieddu, said, "Many thanks to President Alessandro Taras and all Rassinaby Racing for their tenacious, passionate and continuous work, so much so that we are celebrating the 20th birthday of the Rally. It is important for our community that this conference is hosted in a place of the history and culture of our identity and that thanks to Rassinaby it is able to find the opening to the Peninsula as well. It has done a great job of territorial promotion, the Municipal Administration is proud of the associations that know how to systematize and be part of the community. We will show that our rally makes system, Berchidda will be the epicenter but in all these years you have been able to involve the municipal administrations and make known the natural beauty of the whole territory."

The president of Coni Sardegna, Bruno Perra, also commented on the 20th edition of the Rally dei Nuraghi e del Vermentino: "We wish you all the best for the success of the 20th edition of the Rally dei Nuraghi e del Vermentino, a round valid for the Cirt (Italian Rally Terra Championship). An extraordinary achievement that gives credit to your organization which, every year, grows with its improvements and makes the event more and more attractive, giving luster to the island, national and international rally world. Kudos to all of you and best wishes for two days of high-level racing."


Outlining the technical details of the 20th Rally dei Nuraghi e del Vermentino is Mirko Fresu of Rassinaby Racing. 75 timed kilometers are planned, while the total distance to be covered will remain under 300 kilometers. Berchidda will play a central role, Friday, Sept. 15 will host the shakedown in the morning and the start, from Piazza del Popolo at 2 p.m. Then the competing crews will make the first two passes on the special "Filogosu" (2:34 p.m. and 5:31 p.m., 8.20 kilometers). On Saturday 16, however, double laps on the trials "Alà dei Sardi-Buddusò" (9.38, 14.99 km) and "Pattada" (10.22, 13.97 km) and the finish, at 3.40 p.m. in Berchidda.

Side events. The Municipal Administration of Berchidda and Rassinaby Racing have chosen to promote the area's agricultural and food excellence and, in particular, Vermentino Docg di Gallura. The area's professionals and entrepreneurs will display their products in Piazza del Popolo in Berchidda, an event created thanks to the contribution of Luciano Sini, municipal councillor for agricultural policies as well as a member of the board of directors of the Strade del Vermentino.

Also confirmed for Saturday is the presence of the Mamuthones and Issohadores of the Atzeni Mamoiada Association: two figurants will be present during the prize-giving ceremony on the platform, then at 5:30 p.m. there will be a performance by the group, which will act as a link between the race and the beginning of the side event "A Tavola col Vermentino DOCG Gallura."

The Rally of the Nuraghi and Vermentino is supported by the collaboration of the Costa del Sole Travel agency, a logistics partner whose contact details can be found in the "Travel & Hospitality" section of the event's official website, www.rallyvermentino.it. The Rally of the Nuraghi and Vermentino is also on Facebook and Instagram with its own official pages, and on the Sportity app with the password RDV2023.

Info: Automatic translation from the original Italian version to english with IA.  Some errors are expected.
Source: ACI Sport


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Baja delle Marche 2023: The 2nd "tricolor" Baja delle Marches is ready

 Italian Championship

Tradition and some revisions for the fifth and penultimate round of the Italian Rally Terra Championship, which will also include the "baja" challenge for the Italian Cross Country, which will be the last act of the season. Registration will start on September 21.

A season of great numbers and performances with a decidedly high technical-sporting profile cannot fail to pass through Cingoli. For years, the "Balcony of Le Marche" has in fact been a reference to Italian off-road races, and this year the white roads that have made it famous will once again be the scene of the tricolor challenge, with the 16th Rally delle Marche, scheduled for October 21 and 22, the penultimate act of the Italian Rally Terra Championship (CIRT).

The race organized by PRS Group in collaboration with the Municipality of Cingoli will also be valid as the final act of the Italian Cross Country Championship, thus giving the event the double tricolor validity, a value that for the Cingoli area will have a strong support to the image and also to the tourist economy.

The race organized by PRS Group in collaboration with the Municipality of Cingoli will also be valid as the final act of the Italian Cross Country Championship, thus giving the event the double tricolor validity, a value that for the territory of Cingoli will have a strong support to the image and also to the tourist economy.

Under the sporting plan, the route presents a total length of 268 km, of which 63 are special stages, of which 4 are to be repeated three times, all to be disputed on Sunday, October 22. These are routes inspired by tradition, to which slight variations have been made compared to previous editions; however, there are roads capable of enhancing the tricolor challenge that, precisely with this appointment, will take the classic seasonal finishing straight.


Thursday, September 21            
Registration opening

Wednesday, October 11             
Closing date for registration

Thursday, October 19                
18.00/20.00 Road-Book pick-up at Rally Secretariat: Fortress Il Cassero, Cingoli

Friday, October 20                 
08,30/10,30 am Road-Book pick-up at Segreteria Rally - Fortezza Il Cassero, Cingoli
08.30/12.30 and 14.00/18.00 authorized reconnaissance (3 total passes)
18.00/21.00 Sporting Checks c/o Council Hall, P.zza Vittorio Emanuele II 1, Cingoli

Saturday, October 21                  
08,30/09,30 Sporting Checks c/o Rally Secretariat: Fortress Il Cassero, Cingoli
08,30/12,30 Technical Checks at Service Park, Impianti Sportivi area, Cingoli
13,00/17,00 Shakedown
hours 19,01 Departure Ceremony, P.zza Vittorio Emanuele II, Cingoli
7:04 p.m. Entry Night Regrouping, Portella Parking Lot, Cingoli

Sunday, October 22             
07.01 a.m.: Exit Night Regrouping, Portella Parking Lot, Cingoli
Performance of 12 Special Stages
5:30 p.m. Arrival with Prize Giving (sub-judice), P.zza Vittorio Emanuele II, Cingoli

ASSISTANCE PARK: Sports Facilities Area, Cingoli


Info: Automatic translation from the original Italian version to english with IA.  Some errors are expected.
Source: ACI Sport / Baja delle Marche

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