23.02.2016
Italy
Sector: LPG

BRC's motorsport plans for 2016

Giandomenico Basso, a rally driver competing behind the wheel of an LPG-powered Ford Fiesta R5 for the past couple of seasons, has renewed his contract with BRC and will continue with the brand in 2016. And what about the Green Hybrid Cup racing series?
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Giandomenico Basso announces commitment to BRC team for 2016© BRCThe announcement of enduring cooperation between BRC Racing Team and Giandomenico Basso was made by (left to right) Gabriele Rizzo, the team's technical director, Basso himself and Massimiliano Fissore, BRC's general director

Basso will compete in all the rounds of the 2016 season of the CIR (Campionato Italiano Rally – Italian Rally Championship) series, with the first one (the Rally il Ciocco) scheduled for March 20. The il Ciocco should evoke some pleasant memories for the driver – this is where he made his debut for BRC in 2014 and took his first victory. Will he manage to repeat the achievement this year? Especially that in 2015 he wasn't as lucky there...

We're going to have to wait and see, but as far as the driver-team relationship is concerned, nothing has changed. Neither has the car, which still features a liquid state direct autogas injection system developed by BRC, marketed under the LDI name. Speaking of changes, the Green Hybrid Cup racing series, after five seasons of thrills on Italy's and Europe's circuits, will undergo a makeover to be integrated into the

© BRCThe master of the Green Hybrid Cup prize-awarding ceremony was a veteran of the series, Jimmy Ghione (first from the left)

Campionato Italiano Velocità Montagna (Italian Hill Climb Championship) series. The cars will remain the same, though – they will still be monofuel (LPG-only) Kia Vengas 1,6 equipped with electric push-to-pass boosters.

While we're at Green Hybrid Cup, the 2015 season was recently formally rounded up as Giulio Tommasin received his winner's cup and the main prize – a Kia Picanto. The runners up, Paolo Gnemmi and Jacopo Lombardelli, were awarded their respective second- and third-place cups and prizes funded by BRC and sponsors. We're curious to see the revamped series when it kicks off later this year and of course we'll also follow Giandomenico Basso around Italy's special stages. Stay tuned!



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Robert Markowski
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