Tomorrow, Sunday 18 October, is the final day of the Targa Florio Classica. The historic regularity race organized by AC Palermo in collaboration with Automobile Club d’Italia and ACI Storico will go back “home” on the Madonie Mountains, where Targa Florio was born more than a century ago, for the third leg after completing the second one today in the afternoon. Now Targa Florio Classica and Ferrari Tribute cars are back in Palermo, at the University campus, after all the crews started the day from Mazara del Vallo, in the province of Trapani, and travelled through the “Via di Garibaldi”, also known as Via dei Mille (“Road of the Thousand”), the glorious path where unification of Italy started.
During yestarday’s visit at the Cantine Florio in Marsala, Angelo Sticchi Damiani, Automobile Club d’Italia president, commented: “This event represents a main part of the complete rivitalization of Targa Florio. It is a very good preview of the celebrations planned for the 100th edition of Targa Florio next year during the weekend of May 8, together with Italian Rally Championship, Italian Historic Rally Championship, Targa Florio Classica again and a road event involving prototypes and very well-known names of the glorious past of the race”.
Sunday’s final leg will visit the legendary towns and locations of the Madonie circuit, where Targa Florio’s myth gets renewed every year, with the unmissable passage alongside the famous grandstands of Floriopoli at Cerda and then Campofelice di Roccella, Collesano, Lascari, Cefalù, Gibilmanna and chequered flag in Castelbuono. Still in contention for victory are Giovanni Moceri, co-driven by Daniele Bonetti on the leader Fiat 508 C from 1939, Volvo PV 544 Sport works crew Antonino Margiotta / Bruno Perno, two Fiat 1100 103, in the hands of Mario Passante / Annamaria Pisciotta and Angelo Accardo / Linda Messina, and another experienced regularity driver such as Francesco Di Pietra, co-driven by Giuseppe Di Pietra on another Fiat 508 C. Twelfth overall and first foreing crew in the standing is the one formed by Swiss Stefano and Susanna Ginesi at the wheel of their Porsche 914-6 GT. There is a very close battle in the Ferrari Tribute competition also, involving Monica Del Bufalo Bobbia e Alessandro Del Bufalo (Ferrari California), Franco Serventi / Daniela Maccini (Ferrari California T) and Gino Verghini / Lamberto Fuso (Ferrari 512/TR) in the first three positions.
Source. Erregi Media/Automobile Club Palermo