Show and legendary cars in the regularity competition at Sibiu Classic Challenge

  • After starting in the Acropolis Rally, Stefan Vasile has competed in the competition at Sibiu and won the classic car race.
  • Greek Gerasimos Katochianos, who raced a Ford Escort RS2000 MK1, won the sport regularity class.
  • 20 cars participated in both categories

A veritable motorsport festival, Sibiu Rally Challenge also included in the schedule a regularity competition, Sibiu Classic Challenge, which had two categories: classic regularity and sport regularity which has achieved a real success in both terms of number of participants and competitiveness level since its very first edition.

Former athletes, some of them with high performances in their career and others just passionate about motorsport, more or less familiar with this kind of competitions. This was the set of competitors at Sibiu Classic Challenge, the regularity competition held as part of Sibiu Rally Challenge. The common points were the competitive spirit and the determination with which they struggled to cross the finish line in the best position, attributes that have paved the way for some intense disputes over the victory.

The classic regularity race was won by a couple of reference names in the Romanian motorsport, Stefan Vasile and Dacian Banca, who competed with Dacia 1310 Sedan model. The fight for the second place showcased a MG TD and a VW T2 Westfalia driven by two foreign competitors, Belgian Louis Bertrand and Englishman Neil MacDonald. Victory went to the former, but with a difference of only 25.1 points, extremely tight one for such competitions.

The sport regularity competition had at the start models produced between 1971 and 1983, and the victory went to Gerasimos Katochianos on a Ford Escort RS2000 MK1, which climbed on the podium together with Gabriel Red (VW Golf GTI) and Gheorghe Nedelcu (Fiat 124 Sport Coupe) and their co-drivers.

“The first collaboration between the Sports’ Commission of Retromobil Club Romania and the team from Sibiu Rally Challenge was a real success, both as organization and in terms of competition. George Ioannides, FIVA Vice President at the event, had only high praise and was impressed by the beauty of the route and the warmth with which he has been welcomed by local officials. As for the competition, Sibiu Classic Challenge managed to attract famous names from the world of historical motorsport at the two competition categories, which brought a nice feeling throughout the rally route. The route in general and Transfăgărăşan in particular have been a unique challenge for the old ladies who managed to climb to 2000 meters without any help from modern technologies. We are confident that next year the historical cars will also fill the Small Square in Sibiu.” Georgios Ladopoulos said, President of Sports Commission, Retromobil Club Romania.

Gerasimos Katochianos and Stefan Vasile, winners of the two categories, were awarded at the end Tissot watches by KALA Koncept. In addition there were awarded the following special prizes: ladies Cup for the crew Mirela Bucovicean / Ioana Vulpescu who drove a Porsche 911E (1969), the oldest car for the crew Louis Bertrand / Cristina Panek with a MG TD (1952) and the car with the smallest engine for the crew Adrian Mihai Cernat / Roxana Cernat with a Fiat 850 (1967).

Sibiu Rally Challenge, a motorsport festival, is scheduled between 20 – 23 of August and includes Sibiu Rally, the sixth round of Dunlop National Rally Championship held under the aegis of the Romanian Motorsport Federation (FRAS). Sibiu Rally Challenge is an event co-financed by the Sibiu City Council and Sibiu City Hall and supported by Orange Romania.