20,000 spectators in Imola
20,000 SPECTATORS IN IMOLA TO ACCLAIM THE CHAMPIONS OF MOTOR LEGEND FESTIVAL
An exciting conclusion for the first edition of Motor Legend Festival. 20,000 spectators took part in this event in which the fascination of all-round motorsport could be experienced. An authentic happening in which from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 hours of the day were marked by the music of the engines, the meetings with the international protagonists of four and two wheels, from the even static exposures of important cars.
The final day, as was to be expected, saw Jacky Ickx, Mauro Forghieri, Paolo Barilla, Riccardo Patrese and Emanuele Pirro as undisputed protagonists. All have found the cars with which they obtained important results.
The Belgian champion at a distance of forty-eight years is back to drive the Ferrari 312B with which he finished second in the Formula 1 world championship of 1970. The single-seater, owned by Paolo Barilla, has been restored in the past years and is a fully functional single piece. The Parma driver also climbed on the car and did not have to press hard on the accelerator pedal. But when Ickx grafted the first one and screamed the twelve-cylinder boxer from 312B, the thrill on the stands was great.
Patrese, on the other hand, drove both the Lancia LC1 with which he touched the sporting title in 1982 and the Brabham BT49-Cosworth which led to the victory in the Grand Prix of Montecarlo of the same year. The Paduan was amazed by the perfection of the car that would then disputed the second race of the historic San Marino GP piloted by the legitimate owner Joachim Folch-Rusinol.
On the track also the Ferrari of F.1, world champion with Phil Hill in 1961, the Alfa Romeo of the Scuderia del Portello and all the cars of the Martini Racing.
Motorcyclists’ performances were not lacking: Giacomo Agostini, Phil Read, Freddie Spencer, Johnny Cecotto and Carlos Lavado riding MV Agusta, Yamaha and Honda led a group of centaurs who brought precious bikes to Imola. Among them wanted to experience the thrill Emanuele Pirro, climbed on the Honda 250 belonged to Freddie Spencer.
To complete the Ferrari Corse Clienti program, it brought its Formula 1 cars and those of the XX Programs, while long queues were formed in front of the Pirelli stand for the autograph session in which all the riders took part.
Full room in every order of places then for the appointment with Jacky Ickx, Paolo Barilla and Mauro Forghieri who spoke about their relationship of collaboration in Ferrari, commenting on the history of the 312B and the years lived by the Belgian in Maranello.
During the day the last races of the FIA Masters Championship were held. The San Marino Grand Prix of F1, Trofeo Elio De Angelis, saw Martin O’Connell make an important comeback from the 23rd position: the British, author of the pole position and retired in race 1 on Saturday, dominated in front of the Lotus Brooks and Williams of D’Asembourg. Sesto Manfredo Rossi of Montelera on Lotus 80.
The Lodovico Scarfiotti Trophy went to the British Gareth Evans ahead of Engen, Dreelan while Kapadia, who had crossed the finish line first, was penalized by 44 “for irregular pit stops.
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