For the first time in the history of the Dakar Classic, a Sicilian competitor will participate in the great world Rally Raid competition which will take place in Saudi Arabia from 1 to 14 January 2022.
In the race Antonio Ricciari, 50, from Messina, one of the most experienced driver of the Italian rally scene, who boasts participations with excellent placings in the Italian Endurance Championship today CCR (Cross country rally) at the Mitsubishi Trophy and in other prestigious national and international competitions. Ricciari will participate in the Dakar Classic with the Rteam RalliArt, one of the most prestigious team in the rally world that counts 2 victories of the T2 world championship, 1 victory of the T2 European championship, 21 victories of the T2 world cup, 8 victories of the Italian championship, 11 participations in the Dakar and 43 international podiums. The driver from Messina will race aboard the Mitsubyshi Evolution 3.5 a high performance car, which, in recent weeks, is under the control of the R Team technicians to allow him to drive a car capable of competing with the best drivers from all over the world. . “Participating in the Dakar will be my childhood dream come true.” Antonio Ricciari declares. “But transforming it into reality will cost a lot of effort and effort. In these days I will begin in Viareggio a physical and mental preparation in the clinic of Dr. Riccardo Ceccarelli, well known in the sports field and specialized in the preparation of F1 and DTM drivers. I want to prepare well because it will not be easy, but I will do my best to best represent my Messina and all of Sicily. ” The departure of the Dakar Classic is scheduled for January 1, 2022 in Ha’Il in Saudi Arabia, the arrival is scheduled for January 8 in Riyadh, the award ceremony on January 14 in Jeddah. Antonio Ricciari will be joined by Marco Giannecchini, expert navigator of the former Italian champion team with Renato Rickler at the Tout Terrain. 8000 kilometers to go in the Dakar Classic, all full of pitfalls. Over 600 registered pilots from all over the world. The great world competition will be preceded by a first race in October in Turkey which will allow the car to be tested for the first time, while team tests in Tunisia in the desert are scheduled for November. On December 27, the transfer to Saudi Arabia in view of the departure on January 1. The Dakar in its various forms is one of the most popular world events ever. 4 and a half million fans on social media, 1200 hours of TV, over 70 connected channels, 11 million visits to the website. Pure Passion and a Unique Event that this year with Antonio Ricciari in the Dakar Classic will see Sicily for the first time protagonist. With an important event to be held at the end of September at the Messina Tennis Club, the driver from Messina will present the great initiative. Gallery
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