Targa Florio-Rally Inter/ Di Sicilia

14th June 2012 - 16th June 2012

Italy - Asphalt 14-16 June 2012

The world famous Targa Florio-Rally Internazionale Di Sicilia will form another exciting addition to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge for 2012 following its confirmation as round five of the all-action series from 14-16 June in place of the Canon Mecsek Rallye. With its origins in the high-speed road race conquered by legends such as Sir Stirling Moss and Sandro Munari, Targa Florio-Rally Internazionale Di Sicilia is based on the Mediterranean island of Sicily and uses all-asphalt stages over a competitive distance of 170 kilometres.

Event Updates

  • Day Two Live

    The final Day's action is now live and the first car has finished the opening stage (SS8). Craig is 6th on the road this morning.
  • Sat Schedule

    Time Schedule
  • Sat Start List

    Saturday Start List

  • iRally Interview SS7

  • 6th at the end of Friday

    5th on SS7, the final Friday stage. Craig moved up to 6th O/A butn't happy with his setup at the end of the stage. "We made some progress for the second loop, but now I think we are going in wrong way. We made a few adjustments in second service and I think it only made the car worse. We will do some changes over night for tomorrow." said Craig at the end of the stage.
  • Penultimate day 1 Stage

    Craig equal 7th and remains 7th overall.
  • SS5 times

    SS5 13.70km Lots of gravel on the stage this time through. Craig happier with the tyres but said his set up still needs tweeking.
  • New Tyres back on Pace

    Fresh rubber has made all the difference on SS4 and Craig is on the pace with 6th fastest and gains another place overall to move up to 7th
  • SS3 times

    7th fastest for Craig on SS3 and he gains an O/A place to 8th. Craig said at the end of the stage, "It was my fault, we have chosen wrong tyre compound for this loop." Service next...
  • SS2 update

    With the full result in for SS2, Craig set the 10th fastest time and is 9th overall. Stage 3 Collesano 1 19.60km is now live and Basso is on the stage
  • Friday Stages Live

    Craig records the 9th fastest time on SS2 and is 9th overall on the leader board. SS3 is scheduled to start at 9.29 CET and from there the crews return to service
  • Friday Schedule

    Time Schedule
  • iRally Interview SS1

  • 5th on SS1

    Craig has set the 5th fastest time on SS1 and is only 4.4 sec off the pacesetter
  • SS1 Live

    The opening Citta' di Palermo stage is underway and Craig is seeded 15th but running 14th on the road.
  • Craig 2nd on Shakedown

    Top five shakedown times

    1 Andreas Mikkelsen (ŠKODA Fabia S2000) 1m39.1s
    2 Craig Breen (Peugeot 207 S2000) 1m39.8s
    3 Giandomenico Basso (M-Sport Ford Fiesta RRC) 1m40.1s
    4 Alessandro Perico (Peugeot 207 S2000) 1m40.6s
    5 Jan Kopecký (ŠKODA Fabia S2000) 1m40.7s

    “Everything is a bit last minute because this is the first time we have driven the [HRT Peugeot 207 S2000), but the joy of these cars is that they don’t change a lot from one to the other.” said Craig afterwards
  • Start List

    Start List

  • Time Schedule

    Time Schedule

  • The Targa Florio: A Brief Explan

    Think Targa Florio and you might think of amateur racer Vincenzo Florio, who came up with the idea of a road race in Sicily back in 1906. You might also think about legends Vic Elford, Stirling Moss and Sundro Munari all winning the famous race before it became a rally in 1978.

    Fast forward to 2012 and the event is still going strong. In fact stronger than ever in the knowledge that the IRC is coming to town – the event’s base is east of capital Palermo – when series’ regulars will do battle against the best in the Italian championship.

    The Targa Florio is one of the oldest motorsport events in Italy, starting out as a road race around the entire island of Sicily before it was slashed to a 72-kilometre lap known as Circuito delle Madonie, which was repeated 11 times, on safety grounds.

    Nevertheless the course was fearsome with changing grips levels and narrow and fast mountain roads littered with hairpins and narrow passes.

    But with competitor and spectator fatalities a serious issue by the late 1970s, the event began a new life as a round of the Italian Rally Championship, a status it maintains to this day.

    The Targa Florio has gone down in cultural as well as sporting history: Porsche named its open-topped cars ‘Targa’ as a tribute to this spectacular race, which has now been won on six occasions by Paolo Andreucci.

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