|Italian Baja: 117 entries in FIA World Cup opener in Italy next weekend.|
A total of 117 entries includes 54 cars of the world cup, 9 Suzuki challenge, 17 national trophy and also 13 bikes and 24 quads of their own national and European championships. This is not a record number (in 2008 the top goal was 183), but the balance is really positive as the general world crisis involves the motoristic sports too.
The "Italian Baja" (17th - 20th March) has the honour and responsibility of opening the new FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies. It consists of 7 appointments in 3 continents (Europe, Asia, Africa) with its own particularity feature.
The typical characteristic of Pordenone in Italy is the mixed track rally-off road on dug up roads along the Cimpello-Sequals and then into Cosa and Tagliamento river bed: Be ware of stones and holes, traps on every meter. The track is very fast in some points (the most potent vehicles can go over 180 kms/h); in other cases it compels a sudden braking and restarting almost from a stop position.
Moreover the vehicles dig the tracks and they become difficult binaries, expecially for bikes and quads, with further difficulty in changing direction between first and second stage.
Besides all that we worry about the weather: The risk of finding a lot of water in the fords could create troubles to the electric parts of the engines.
But not only the race will be a great spectacle! 2011 Italian Baja has got a rich program of side events in Pordenone Fair, such as the thrills of drifting and also the space of Securlandia (supported by North East Consumers Coop), the Porsche Hospitality, a meeting of Harley Davidson and a demonstration of historical validity.
Old and new protagonists, more or less famous in the specialty, like Clay Regazzoni: he was an authentic witness in the world circuit and now is Nicola Dutto in the center of the scene. Last year he had a terrible accident that obliged him on a wheelchair.
The biker from Piemonte will be present at the race as forerunner driving a special Polaris buggy. He’ll use it for races in Italy and abrout. It will be for him a revenge against an adverse destiny, the desire of ransom that excite in sport and life. "I start again from the point where I stopped" confirmes Dutto.
Same thing for Pordenone 4x4 Off Road Club, when in 2004 it was stopped just one week before the start, losing the world race. But now it’s ready to get its deserved revenge.
2011/03/16 | 19:34 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/IB