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Rainforest Challenge Italy: 36 competitors were fighting in the North of Italy.







It was action all the way from the word "Go" for 36 well prepared 4x4 off-road warriors from Slovenia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, France (Corsica) and different parts of Itay.

They came in their equally impressive upgraded and modified Jeep, Toyota, Nissan, Suzuki and Land Rover, among others. The weekend of 18-20 March was played out with full passion at the Rainforest Challenge (RFC) European Selections. Early Spring is still cold, but Italy took the lead in RFC calendar to warm-up the for European 4x4 enthusiasts.

The host venue of Farra D’Isonzo (airport at Trieste) in North-East Italy facing the borders of Austria to the north and Slovenia in the east is a region renowned for some of Italy’s finest wine vineyards from Gorizia province in the region of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia.

The Isonzo river, over which the Romans built their stone bridges across still stand testimony of the many battles fought between the Roman Legions and invaders to the empire (Goths, Ostrogoths, Lombards, Avari, Huns and Turks)

Fast forward to our modern era, the rugged countryside was transformed into battle zones, this time fought out by 4x4 warriors and their machines against the extreme terrain charted out by the organizer.

“Apart from the undulating, soggy and muddy sections, this time we also added the hilly sections to simulate the conditions we have faced in the RFC in Malaysia,” commented Ales Plesnicar, the Event Director.

“Everyone must learn how difficult it is to last 10 days in the RFC in mindset, skills and vehicle preparation, but in the end, it’s Mother Nature who rules supreme, so come well prepared,” added Patrick Slyvestri who together with Paolo Paoletti, Max, Merino (Vice President) and Titiano (President of GFI Alpe Adria Club) form the backbone of the organizing committee. The event was a good warming up time for the Europeans on the harsh realities of the RFC.

To remind everyone of the tough conditions in RFC, the organizer also had a welcome night show with photos, testimonies of ex-participants of the RFC and followed by the showing of video clips of RFC 2010 at the town hall of Farra D’Isonzo which was also attended by the Mayor, Alessandro Fabbro.

It was also a time to pay tribute of Silvano Marchino the veteran photo-journalist of RFC who passed away recently also to Mauro Caporali of the famous red Jeep somersaulting in the river in RFC 2003. Both Italians are dearly missed but never forgotten.

The Special Stages (SS) challenged the driving and recovery skills in the two classes of competitor teams (Modified and Special) to the maximum as they shake, rattle and roll their machines.

If the Friday Prologue SS was tough with mechanical problems and broken egos, the following two days were even tougher for man and machine. On the second day, the action shifted to the banks of the Isonzo river and the nearly hills of Farra. It was time for very technical maneuvers which required nerves of steel even from the most seasoned teams, but everyone was on full throttle with passion and played out the SS with true grit.

In times of great difficulty where the digger team could not reach in time, it was Team France (Corsica) who did the event proud with their readiness to assist in the recovery of some teams stuck in deep mud. Drawing out their winches, snatch blocks and swinging into action in the mud they rescued those in distress even to the point of overstraining their equipment. Filippi Costant and Cossu Francois eventually went on to win the Team Spirit Award for their noble deeds.

At the end of the three exhausting but satisfying days everyone was a winner. From the participants, for going through the rough and tumble of the 9 SS, the organizers, sponsors and finally for Farra D’Isonzo itself; which was filled with tourism revenue from spectators, support crew and teams.

The Rainforest Challenge finale event will take place in Malaysia from 3 to 12 Dec but for those who have gone through this “Italian Job,” it was well worth test of will power, machine power and winch power.

Top Three in Special Class

01) Axel Burmann / Tom Olieslagers I Belgium I Land Rover 90
02) Wolmer Ducci / Eros Gibertini I Italy I Suzuki Jimney
03) Alberto Peila /  Peter Peradotto I Land Rover Defender 90

Top Three in Modified Class

01) Marchiori Alessio / Ricardo Nascardi I Italy) I Jeep Wrangler TJ.
02) Maurizio Servedio / Alessandro Arato I Italy) I Toyota BJ
03) Marco Zanuttini / Ivaldi Calligaris I Italy) I Nissan terrano

More pictures and informations you could find at the official website [ www.rainforest-challenge.com ].

2011/04/15 | 12:07 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/WEE/BARALDI












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