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A CHALLENGING WEEKEND BUT MORE POINTS FOR MATTIA VITA
Future Italian rally star Mattia Vita finished third on the Rally of Friuli Venezia Giulia last weekend: the latest round of the Italian Junior Rally Championship, which he aims to use as a springboard to the international Junior WRC next year.
This leaves him third in the championship heading into the final round in November, still with a chance of lifting the title. And with this usual determination, he’s focussed on giving it everything from here on.
Mattia and his co-driver Massimiliano Bosi were hindered last weekend by having to miss the previous round, the Rally di Roma Capitale, through no fault of their own. This meant that Mattia had been out of the car for more than two months by the time he got to the latest round based in Udine, with no pre-event testing either. The lack of seat time showed on the Rally of Friuli Venezia Giulia – which he was competing on for the very first time.
On the fast asphalt roads, 22-year-old Mattia gradually made progress but he felt that there was plenty more still to come by the time the 11 stages and 153.85 competitive kilometres were over. Like all the other competitors, Mattia was driving a turbocharged Ford Fiesta R2T: the same car used on the Junior WRC, where the world champions of tomorrow are made.
“Of course I enjoyed the rally and my first time on these roads but it was a little bit frustrating as I know I could have done so much better with more time in the car,” said Mattia. “We still managed to salvage third place, so it’s another podium, but I wish we could be starting the rally now, as I know then that I would be in a position to really challenge for the win!”
Nonetheless, it was another faultless performance and solid points haul for Mattia – underlining the consistency he has shown all season – which keeps him in the title fight that he may well be leading now, were it not for his forfeit in Rome.
“That’s not made things easy: I don’t like to think of what could have been possible had we been able to score points in Rome as well!” said Mattia. “But I’m the sort of person who finds adversity to be a strong motivation, and this year has really shown me what we are capable of. Thanks to Max and all our sponsors I know that we have the potential to fight for the title – and that’s what I’ll be doing now and in the future. Maximum attack!”
The Tuscan Rewind, the final round of the Italian Junior Rally Championship, takes place on gravel close to Mattia’s home at the end of November. It’s a celebration of the heritage of the sport using stages similar to those formerly seen on the Sanremo Rally in its heyday. Mattia is a second-generation rally driver, as his father Gianluca was also a competitor on the Italian Rally Championship. But now Mattia aims to take the next step onto the international stage.
Mattia Vita began his motorsport career in karting with success in his native Italy and in Europe. He went on to race single-seaters in Formula 3 before making the switch to rallying, where both his father and mother have competed in the past. Last year, he finished just off the podium in his first international season: ERC Junior U27. For this year, he’s competing as part of ACI Team Italia in Italy and abroad, with the aim of contesting the Junior WRC in 2020.
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Photos: ACI Sport – Delegazione Regionale Sardegna
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Udine, 2 September 2019