26.01.2021 – An extraordinary season. This is how edition 2021 of The Ice Challenge, Italian Ice Championship can be defined after the weekend held in Pragelato that was valid as the third round of the championship.
The series managed by BMG Motor Events in close collaboration with ACI Sport Off-Road & Cross Country Rally Commission that a few days ago confirmed the end-of-season money prize welcomed so far 9 different winners in the different classes at the end of three very exciting and highly spectacular rounds.
The Italian series has recorded amazing figures with 72 drivers present in Livigno and 73 in Pragelato – participations have never been so high – and totalled more than 130,000 views of the live streams. The Ice Challenge also confirmed the high level of the competition as three races in the fight for all the titles – 4WD cars, 2WD cars, kart-cross and Legend Cars – is still wide open.
“The spectacle has been exciting also in Pragelato – the organizers from BMG Motor Events commented – the appreciation of participants grows, spectators followed all the Covid regulations and watched the racing action from home and our satisfaction is great. We will stay focused and we are working around the clock to prepare the closing round on February 14th that we will introduce in the coming days”.
The situation in the championship is very exciting for fans.
In the 4WD cars, Lukas Bicciato (Lancia Delta/Scuderia Mendola) took the lead with 93 points and is followed by Corrado Pinzano (Skoda Fabia R5/New Driver’s Team) at 92. The reigning champ Ivan Carmellino (Fiat Punto Proto/New Driver’s Team) is third at 76, while Rudy Bicciato is fifth at 70.
The classification of the 2WD cars is led by Luca Fiorenti (Renault Clio R2C/Leonessa Corse), who proceeds a great Stefano Nadalini (Opel Corsa) at 63 points. The third place is currently held by Jean-Claude Vallino (Opel Astra/Meteco Corse) at 43.
The situation in kart-cross is as exciting too as Christian Tiramani (Planet KartCross K3/Griusrallysport) keeps the lead with 96 points and is 20 points clear of the reigning champion Simone Firenze (Semog Bravo/Griusrallysport). Raffaele Silvestri (Nico Racing) is third at 59 points, while Andrea Crugnola (Movisport) is fourth at 46, both on Planet Kart Cross K3.
Among the side-by-side, whose classification is included in the kart-cross, Craig Breen leads the pack with 42 points and is followed by Vittorio Gonella at 41 and Claudio Esposto at 34.
In the Legend Cars Trophy Maurizio Rossi built a good gap totalling 196 points, while Michele Mottura is second and 177 and Simone Borghi third at 172 as an error in Pragelato prevented him from gaining more points. Gianluca Borghi is right behind him at 163 points and leads Salvatore Gallo at 143.
Complete classifications are available at https://www.icechallenge.it/classifiche/
The Italian Ice Championship will resume from Pragelato on February 14th with the closing and decisive round of the 2021 campaign.