Archive for November, 2009

2010 Trofeo Abarth 500 GB Provisional Calendar Announced

Friday, November 27th, 2009

The Trofeo Abarth 500 GB is excited to announce the highly anticipated 2010 calendar. The inaugural series will comprise 6 events in the UK and one European race weekend.

Interest in the new championship has been high since the official launch at Silverstone in October, and the announcement of the schedule will be followed soon by an attractive prize package.

2010 Trofeo Abarth 500 GB Provisional Calendar Announced

2010 Trofeo Abarth 500 GB Provisional Calendar Announced

Organisers have been working hard to create a calendar that delivers the best platform for all the stakeholders. To achieve this, the Trofeo Abarth 500 GB will align itself with MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) and visit well known tracks including Oulton Park, Snetterton and Brands Hatch.

Many events on the calendar will have historical significance. The opening round at Oulton Park is one of the most attended events of the season and by being on the calendar we will be part of the official start to the UK Motorsport season.

The following race at Silverstone will be on the opening rounds of the FIA Formula Two Championship. Snetterton will be unique in the fact that it will be supporting the British Superbike Championship.

In July the Championship will be featuring alongside the FIA World Touring Car and Formula Two Championships on the Brands Hatch GP circuit. The Trofeo Abarth 500 GB will join the Trofeo EU for a combined grid that will offer a great spectacle.

Paolo Callea, organiser of the Trofeo Abarth 500 GB said: “Running our races with MSVR offers us events that suit the championship ethos. With this agreement we get to race at iconic British race tracks alongside well established national and international race series including World Touring Cars (WTCC), British GT and Formula Two. This calendar and the support of MSVR provides a great platform on which build the Trofeo Abarth 500 GB in its first season.”

MSVR Chief Executive, Jonathan Palmer said: “I’m very pleased that MSVR has continued its rapid expansion by adding the Trofeo Abarth 500 GB to its list of registered championships. Paolo Callea has already done a great job getting the Abarth championship off the ground, and with backing from Abarth, a strong calendar and expertise and support from MSVR I’m sure we will see strong grids and great racing in 2010.”

The provisional 2010 calendar is:

• 3&5 April Oulton Park (supporting F3/GT)
• 17/18 April Silverstone GP (supporting FIA Formula Two)
• TBC Snetterton (supporting BSB)
• 17/18 July Brands Hatch GP (supporting FIA Formula Two and WTCC)
• 24/25 July Silverstone GP (supporting Silverstone Classic, HSSC)
• 4/5 September Brands Hatch Indy (event TBC)
• TBC Spa

Keith Cronin enters privately-run Grande Punto Abarth S2000 in IRC Rally Scotland

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Keith Cronin will be entering a privately-run Grande Punto Abarth S2000 in this weekend’s IRC Rally Scotland.

Keith Cronin's Grande Punto Abarth S2000 during prep

Keith Cronin's Grande Punto Abarth S2000 during prep

The British Rally Champion arrived in Perthshire earlier in the week to conduct testing and reconnaissance of the stages.

Since early in the year, plans were being made to contest Rally Scotland so that the team could test their pace against the regular IRC competitors. The original intention was to contest the event in their regular Mitsubishi. However, as the Cronin Motorsport team intend to contest a number of rounds of the IRC next season, it was decided that having won the British Rally Championship, they should get a taste of S2000 action prior to next year.

It took 10 days to get an acceptable deal put together for the hire of the PROCAR run Abarth Punto. A short testing session in Italy at the end of October was curtailed due to very heavy rainfall, so the crew will welcome another test before having to press into action against the current IRC champion Kris Meeke in his Peugeot, who is the number one seed. Seeded at number two is Guy Wilks, who was British Rally Champion in 2007 & 2008. He will drive a Skoda. Both of these will be very much the pacesetters as they have been competing in S2000 cars all season. Cronin and Shinnors are seeded at number 3 in the Punto, just ahead of Adam Gould who was awarded the BF Goodrich drive in a sister car to Meekes Peugeot.

Cronin welcomes the opportunity to compete at this level but knows that it will be a steep learning curve as the pace in these cars is much faster than the regular Group N cars.

Last weekend he commented “The most important thing for me in Scotland is to get mileage in the car to get used to the different driving style and then build my speed and hopefully set some competitive times.”


The BRM V12-T-44-Abarth watch

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

A unique watch with the brand of the Scorpion: the new BRM V12-T-44-Abarth is here!

Sporting spirit, stylish design, strong character and advanced technology: this same explosive cocktail has taken two great companies to the top in their respective sectors. It is only natural, therefore, for Abarth to associate its name with that of famous French watch makers BRM to produce a truly special, limited series watch, personalised with Abarth colours. That watch is the BRM V12-T-44-Abarth.

The BRM V12-T-44-Abarth watch

The BRM V12-T-44-Abarth watch

The BRM V12-T-44-Abarth is a creation of rare elegance, like an Abarth car in terms of sporting philosophy, personalisation and inimitable style. Made in a limited series of only 49, the BRM V12-T-44-Abarth will be sold exclusively through the website at a price of 4,900 €.

Inspired by Abarth style, the BRM V12-T-44-Abarth is an automatic chronograph of 44 mm in diameter, with a black titanium case and a black crown engraved with the characteristic Abarth scorpion. The buttons are elegantly engraved with “Start / Stop” and “Back to Zero”. The black display features white numbering with the BRM and Abarth logos, also in white. The hour and minute hands are in chrome, while the second hand is in red and the sub-display hands are in yellow. The black Nomex strap features red stitching exactly like that of an Abarth fascia. The heart of the BRM V12-T-44-Abarth is an ETA Valjoux 7753 automatic Swiss movement. Every watch is numbered on the back.

The BRM brand is the creation of the competitive spirit that has driven its creator, Bernard Richards, from his earliest years. BRM has been making watches for over 25 years and produces some 2,000 examples a year at its factory at Magny en Vexin. The entire production is hand finished and subjected to continuous quality controls (in which a hundredth of a millimetre is the maximum permitted tolerance).


BRM V12-T-44-Abarth
Automatic chronograph
Case size 44 mm
Case material: black PVD titanium
Abarth scorpion engraved on black crown
Buttons engraved with “Start / Stop” and “Back to Zero”.
Strap clasp in brushed steel
Black display with white numbers and logos (Abarth and BRM)
Chrome hour and minute hands
Red chronograph hand
Yellow sub-display hands
Black Nomex strap with red stitching
(Extra strap in black rubber)
Strap buckle in black PVD with grey clasps
3 year warranty

“ETA Valjoux 7753” Swiss automatic chronograph movement
Case and lugs in superfine 18/8 stainless steel
Waterproof to a depth of 100 m
Sapphire concave crystal glass (base and lens)
Black section of case: extra hard PVD titanium
Super light hands
Superfine stainless steel screws

Round case
28,800 BPH
27 rubies, 46 hours reserve
Case thickness 7.90 mm
60s chronograph
12 hour 30 minute countdown
Date button at 10.00
Chronograph start/stop button at 2:00
Chronograph reset button at 4:00