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Monday, 09-12-2019 Monza, ItalyRally

Crugnola sets the standard in the Polo

Victory at Monza Rally Show

At the Monza Rally Show (6.-8.12.), Andrea Crugnola and co-driver Pietro Ometto (I/I) claimed overall victory in the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. The Italian duo produced a great performance throughout the whole weekend in the historic event on the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, taking the lead after the first special stage and defending this confidently to stay ahead of the WRC team Dani Sordo / Carlos del Barrio (E/E, Hyundai) and third-placed Nucita / Mattia Nicastri (I/I, Hyundai). Crugnola, second overall in the 2019 Italian Rally Championship in the Polo GTI R5, recorded the best time on five out of the eight special stages that took place at the famous Formula 1 circuit.

“We were already the fastest here in training,” explained a beaming Crugnola after securing the overall victory on Sunday. “It is great to drive here in Monza and to come out on top against all these outstanding drivers, including some who compete in the World Rally Championship.

Since its inception in 1978, the Monza Rally Show has been attracting the great and the good from rallying, circuit racing and motorcycle racing. The guest list for this year's event featured such prominent names as Andreas Mikkelsen (N), Craig Breen (IRL) and Niklas Grönholm (N).

In brief

Pražský RallysprintVojtěch Štajf and Kotlář Radim (CZ/CZ) claimed third place in the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 at the Pražský Rallysprint, in the vicinity of Prague. +++ FIA Prize Giving Ceremony – At the annual FIA Prize Giving Ceremony in the French capital, Paris, “Dakar” legend Nasser Al-Attiyah received an award to mark his victory in the drivers’ standings at the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC). The Qatari driver won the competition for the 15th time in the 2019 season and this year was the first time that he had achieved that at the wheel of a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.+++