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15-17 September

Rally di Roma Capitale

FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 7 OF 8
FIA ERC JUNIOR UNDER U27/ERC JUNIOR UNDER U28 ROUND 5 OF 6

THE RALLY IN 100 WORDS
The progression of this exciting asphalt event has been remarkable. Having only run for the first time in 2013, Rally di Roma Capitale will make its ERC debut in 2017 as Italy returns to the European championship for the first time since 2013 when Rallye Sanremo was part of the calendar. With stages running in and around the Italian capital and with the drive and expertise of Motorsport Italia very much behind the event, Rally di Roma Capitale is set to be a popular addition to the ERC calendar when it counts for European and Campionato Italiano Rally (CIR) points.

FAST FACTS
1:
Rome’s famous Colosseum, which features on the Tour di Roma route, is the largest amphitheatre ever built. Construction began in AD 72 and was completed in AD 80.
2: Rome is one of two European capitals hosting ERC action this season with Nicosia the setting of two Cyprus Rally stages.
3: Italy has celebrated 23 European championship triumphs over the years. Giandomenico Basso and Luca Rossetti are both three-time winners.
4: The commune of event base Fiuggi was made famous by its natural spring water and the healing powers it possesses.
5: Co-driver Maurizio Barone is the only ERC regular with previous Rally di Roma Capitale experience. He partnered Antonio Rusce to seventh place in 2015.

EVENT ESSENTIALS (all timings local and subject to change)
Starts:
16h45, Friday 15 September, Bocca della Verita’, Rome
Finishes: 17h00, Sunday 17 September, Pontile Principale, Lido di Ostia
Headquarters: Grand Hotel Palazzo della Fonte, Via dei Villini 7, 03014, Fiuggi
Service park: Terme di Fiuggi, Via Fonte Anticolana, 03014, Fiuggi
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): None
Stages: 12
Stage distance: 198.88 kilometres (94.52kms leg one, 106.16kms leg two)
Liaison: 588.62 kilometres
Total: 787.50 kilometres
Surface: Asphalt

MEDIA INFORMATION (all timings local and subject to change)
Media Accreditation Centre/Media Centre location:
Grand Hotel Palazzo della Fonte, Via dei Villini 7, 03014, Fiuggi
Opening times: 10h30-20h00, 13 September; 10h30-20h00, 14 September; 09h00-22h00, 15 September; 09h00-22h00, 16 September; 09h00-22h00, 17 September

MEDIA EVENTS (all timings local and subject to change)
THURSDAY 14 SEPTEMBER
Free Practice (for priority drivers): 13h30-15h30, Torre Cajetani (3.48 kilometres)
Qualifying Stage (for priority drivers): 16h30, Torre Cajetani (3.48 kilometres)
Shakedown (for non-priority drivers): 17h30, Torre Cajetani (3.48 kilometres)
FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER
Start order selection: 13h30, Terrazzo Caffarelli, Palazzo Caffarelli, Piazzale Caffarelli, 3, Roma (https://www.terrazzacaffarelli.it)
FIA Action for Road Safety photograph: 13h50, Terrazzo Caffarelli
Pre-rally press conference: 14h00, Terrazzo Caffarelli
Ceremonial start and Tour di Roma: 16h45, Bocca della Verita’, Rome
SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER
Finish podium:
 17h00, Pontile Principale, Lido di Ostia
Post-rally press conference: 17h45, Pontile Principale, Lido di Ostia (press conference will take place on the podium featuring top three overall ERC crews)

Television coverage: Daily highlights, rally review and ERC All Access magazine show on Eurosport and Eurosport Player, plus additional coverage on other networks
ERC Radio: Live throughout the event at FIAERC.com or through the ERC app
Results, standings, live timing and text commentary: www.fiaerc.com
Rights-free images: Register at http://media.fiaerc.com
ERC press officer: Richard Rodgers, media@fiaerc.com, +447503871575
Event press officer (ERC): Sara Terreni, press.office@rallydiroma.it, +393291427473
Media Safety Book link: http://www.rallydiromacapitale.it/docs/media_safety_book_rally_roma_2017.pdf

PREVIOUS WINNERS
2016:
Umberto Scandola/Guide D’Amore (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2015: Umberto Scandola/Guide D’Amore (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2014: Tonino Di Cosimo/Mario Papa (Ford Focus RS WRC 08)
2013: Alfredo De Dominicis/Matteo Chiarcossi Ford Focus RS WRC 08) (event ran for the first time)