Baja Colline Metallifere 2023: Bordonaro-Lovisa, Suzuki Grand Vitara, wins the 1st Baja Colline Metallifere.

Baja Colline Metallifere 2023: Bordonaro-Lovisa, Suzuki Grand Vitara, wins the 1st Baja Colline Metallifere.

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This race was valid for the Italian Championship

The crew aboard the Japanese manufacturer's off-road vehicle closes the Tuscan race valid for the tricolor ahead of the Codecà-Toffoli (Suzuki Grand Vitara) and Spinetti-Giusti (another Grand Vitara) pair. Among the SSVs, Castagnera-Colledel on the Can Am Maverick in group T3 stands out, followed by Buttò-Tassile on a twin car and the Yamaha YXR1000R of Bonetto-Gamenara.
Monterotondo Marittimo (GR), Saturday, April 15, 2023 - The curtain falls on the 1st Baja Colline Metallifere, the second act of the Italian Cross Country and SSV 2023 Championship, held along the territory of the province of Grosseto in the rain on Saturday, April 15. The race organized by R Team took place along four selective sectors, "Boschetti," "Poggio," and "Bivio," while the start and finish were set up in the town of Monterotondo Marittimo.


Winning the second round of the season was Alfio Bordonaro flanked by Stefano Lovisa on board the Suzuki Grand Vitara type T1, also sealing the record in the Suzuki Challenge 2023 with an overall time of 1:33'35.8. The driver from Catania took the lead after the third pass and then occupied the second position at the end of the fourth sector, behind Andrea Schiumarini and Massimo Salvatore on a Mitsubishi L200, who, after crossing the finish line with the best overall time, were excluded from the competition following a decision by the sports commissioners due to a course error made by the driver from Forlì. A verdict in favor of Bordonaro, who thus closes as winner ahead of Lorenzo Codecà and Mauro Toffoli, second overall in a twin car. An excellent result is that of the Lombard in perspective tricolor and the same single-brand trophy. Closing the podium is Alberto Spinetti, competing with the Suzuki Grand Vitara, first among T2s, shared with Lara Giusti. Stopping at the foot of the podium instead, Manuele Mengozzi paired with Erica Bombardini, initially at the top of the absolute after the conquest of the first pass of the race, but then slowed down by a technical problem of his own Mitsubishi Pajero Pinin. Fifth-place finisher Samuele Lelli flanked by Gilberto Menetti in a Suzuki Grand Vitara belonging to the T2s. Sixth overall time for Michele Macchiavelli and Ferdinando Carrugi, also on Grand Vitara, then seventh Luciano Macrini navigated by Stefano Moro on Pajero 3.0, first among the TH. Eighth chrono for Paolo Semeraro paired with Giuditta Viganò on Grand Vitara T2, while Michele Abeniacar flanked by Simona Morosi on board Suzuki Grand Vitara and Giovanni and Francesco Farina on Suzuki Vitara, both in group TH, close the top 10.


There was no shortage of battles among the side-by-side vehicles as well, where Andrea Castagnera, paired with Nicola Collodel, also topped the standings reserved for T3s with an overall time of 1:28'13.8. The crew on Can Am Maverick set the seal on two special sectors out of the four overall, but that allowed them to remain at the top of the standings until the end, thanks in part to the few mistakes made during the race. Behind them finished Federico Buttò and Elisa Tassile, on a twin car, holders of the best time in the last two passages of the Tuscan race, thus imposing themselves ahead of the Bonetto-Gamenara duo on Yamaha YXR1000R, third in the overall but first among the T4s. Stopping, however, at the foot of the podium was Mauro Vagaggini flanked by Manuela Perissinotti on a TM-type Yamaha, followed by Michele and Giada Manocchi on a T4N group Yamaha, and the Japanese T4 of Andrea Tomasini and Angelo Mirolo. Several retirements involved Elvis Borsoi, competing in Can Am Maverick shared with Stefano Pelloni, Gabriele Piccini and Emiliano Tinaburri on the T4N group Yamaha, and Christiano Gabbarrini with Alessandro Forni on TM group Japanese car.

The Italian Cross Country and SSV 2023 Championship is already looking ahead to its next engagement at the Rally Greece Off Road 2023 scheduled for June, where the off-roaders competing for the tricolor will run alongside the protagonists of the European Championship.


Automatic translation from the original Italian version
Source ACI Sport

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