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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.”


2009 Abarth Racing Team programme

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

During the 2009 season, the Abarth Team will be involved in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge and in the Italian Rally Championship with four official crews. Giandomenico Basso (with Mitia Dotta) and the young Finn Anton Alén (with Timo Alanne) will take part in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Luca Rossetti and his co-driver Matteo Chiarcossi, who will contest the Italian Rally Championship, will join the IRC team in some occasions – among which the Rallye Monte-Carlo -, as well as the young Umberto Scandola, co-driven by Guido D’Amore.

This line-up for the two championships blends the experience of Basso and Rossetti with the youth of Alén and Scandola.

Abarth Grande Punto S2000

Abarth Grande Punto S2000

The Abarth Grande Punto S2000 will start its fourth racing season and it has been fitted with some new technical features this year. The car has picked up many successes among which one IRC, one European and two Italian titles.

The Intercontinental Rally Challenge calendar includes 12 very prestigious events, the Rallye Monte-Carlo being the first of them, while the Italian Rally Championship consists of 10 rounds.


21-24 January Rallye Monte-Carlo
05-07 March Rally Internacional de Curitiba (Brazil)
03-04 April Safari Rally (TBC)
07-09 May Sata Rally Azores (Portugal)
18-20 June Ypres Rally (Belgium)
09-11 July Rally Russia
30 July-01 August Rali Vinho da Madeira (Portugal)
21-23 August Rally Zlín (Czech Republic)
10-12 September Rally Príncipe de Asturias (Spain)
24-26 September Sanremo Rally (Italy)
22-24 October Rally Japan
19-21 November Rally of Scotland (Glasgow)


08 March Rally del Ciocco
05 April Rally Adriatico
19 April Rally 1000 miglia
10 May Rally Targa Florio
20 June Rally San Marino
12 July Rally San Crispino
30 August Rally del Friuli
13 September Rally Costa Smeralda
27 September Rally Sanremo
23 October Rally Trophy ACI Como