Fabio Barone returns to Transfăgărăşan at Sibiu Rally Challenge

  • The Italian driver will race a Ferrari Testarossa
  • More members of the Ferrari Club Passione Rossa from Rome will be present at the start of the competition
  • The Italian crews will follow a route of 430 km on the finest roads in Sibiu

Fabio Barone, the Italian driver who established the first speed record on Transfăgărăşan in 2015, will return on the famous romanian road at Sibiu Rally Challenge. This time behind the wheel of a classic car.

After establishing the first speed record on Transfăgărăşan in last year’s event “Transfăgărăşan Speed World Record”, Fabio Barone returns on the most spectacular road in Romania for Sibiu Rally Challenge, a competition dedicated to historical vehicles.

“Less than a year after the event held on Transfăgărăşan, I received an invitation to come back to Transylvania, a charming area full of culture, with a rich history. I immediately accepted the invitation and I will particpate with great pleasure in this event”, said Fabio Barone, who will compete with a classic Ferrari Testarossa.

The Italian driver is in the preparatory stage for establishing another spectacular record in China ( “China Speed World Record”), which is again a challenge that no other driver has ever accepted. But until then, Fabio Barone will compete again on Transfăgărăşan. “Transfăgărăşanul gave me unique emotions meant to accompany me throughout life and that’s why I just immediately accepted the challenge to return here with another Ferrari. I am sure that this competition will very soon be renowned worldwide and I would like to thank Mrs. Ioana Podosu, head of the National Office of Tourism Promotion of Romania in Rome because we were able to discover this wonderful country”, continued Fabio Barone.

Several members of the club Passione Rossa Ferrari Club of Rome will attend the event, and will compete with Ferrari Testarossa models and Ferrari 308 GTS.

“In 2015, along with Ferrari Club Passione Rossa Rome, the largest club of Ferrari car owners in Italy, I was involved in organizing the first hillclimb speed world record on Transfăgărăşan, a highly successful event called “Transfăgărăşan Speed World record”. On this occasion, the driver Fabio Barone made history and left an important mark for motorsport enthusiasts, designed to stimulate other adrenaline lovers towards Romania, Transilvania and Transfărăşan. I had the honor of being the first person aware of this project and I was directly involved in its implementation. I am delighted that last year’s event will have a sequel, and that Italian driver Fabio Barone, along with his team, will participate in 2016 in Sibiu Rally Challenge with two Ferrari collection cars. It is a success based on the exceptional collaboration between the National Tourism Promotion Office of Romania in Italy, Passione Rossa Club and the rally organizers. Through this event, Romania becomes an important destination on the map of events like this one”, he said Ioana Podosu, head of the National Tourism Promotion Office of Romania in Rome.

For two days the competitors will discover a spectacular and challenging route in the competition which now pinpoints Sibiu on the map of the most important international events dedicated to race cars and historical vehicles which wrote motorsport history.

Sibiu Rally Challenge will start on Thursday, August 18th, at 19:00, with a practice session and the ceremonial start in the city center. Friday, August 19th, will start at 10:30 with the official presentation of the crews, after which the start will be given at 12:30 in the Grand Square of Sibiu. Saturday, August 20th, the start is scheduled for 08:00 and the ceremony will take place at 21:00, also in the Grand Square.