Rallylegend 2011: The first great champions in San Marino

Marcus Gronholm, Juha Kankkunen, Timo Salonen, Gustavo Trelles will be on the rally.

Marcus Gronholm, Juha Kankkunen, Timo Salonen, Gustavo Trelles will be on the rally. Miki Biasion, the Hannu Mikkola – Arne Hertz crew, Jacky Ickx, Per Eklund, Kenneth Eriksson, Michael Gerber will be among the Legend Stars. And others: Sandro Munari, Bernard Darniche, Tony Fassina will be at the “Stratos Day”. These are the first-rate, great champions who have already confirmed their presence at Rallylegend, scheduled in the Republic of San Marino from October 6th to 9th. Other big names will be added in the next days. The programme is very rich in events and some new ones have been added this year: beyond the presentation ceremony, the champions parade on Thursday night October 6th and the final dinner, the news will be the fascinating “Legend Show”, on Sunday October 9th and the “Legend Night”, the party on Saturday 8th.

Republic of San Marino. Marcus Gronholm on the Peugeot 206 Wrc, Juha Kankkunen on the Toyota St 185, Timo Salonen on the Toyota St 205 and Gustavo Trelles will be racing in Rallylegend. Among co-drivers, the name of Yvonne Metha, wife of the great Kenyan driver Shekhar Metha, stands out: she will be sitting next to Steve Rockingham on an ex-works Triumph Tr7 V8. The great show of “Legend Stars” will be given by the performance of Miki Biasion, the couple Hannu Mikkola and Arne Hert on the Audi Quattro, Per Eklund with the Volkswagen Golf group 2, Kenneth Eriksson on another Golf but in group A, Jacky Ickx on the Porsche 959 Dakar, Michael Gerber on the Audi S1. Sandro Munari, Bernard Darniche and Tony Fassina will be among the protagonists of the “Stratos Day”.

Exactly one month before the start, these are the first names revealed, an impressive collection of world rally titles belonging to the champions who have already confirmed their presence at Rallylegend 2011, ninth edition of this sports event, a mixture of sport, performance and emotions, an appointment that has become an international reference rally event that will take place in the Republic of San Marino next 6th-9th October.

But this is not enough: while entry requests continue incoming, including really high-level cars and crews, contacts with other important champions are constantly going on and the list of them will very likely be enriched by other names. For another Rallylegend edition which is destined to be the most fascinating and exciting ever.


With the many side events that fill the two days’ race, Rallylegend programme is very busy in its own nature already. But the organising staff, with Vito Piarulli and Paolo Valli on the bridge deck, does not hamper fantasy to suggest other initiatives and the four days of the San Marino kermesse are richer and richer in events. Heart of Rallylegend will be the Multieventi Sport Domus of Serravalle in San Marino, site of the Rally Village and of the Rallylegend Arena.

This year’s main news concern Thursday 6th, with the presentation ceremony of the event, at the presence of the Republic’s institutional characters, followed by the presentation of the main top drivers who will be animating Rallylegend and the final dinner at Multieventi.

The finish of Rallylegend on Saturday October 8th at 20.15 will be celebrated with the prize-giving ceremony on the podium, side by side with the hospitality-restaurant with dinner together with the champions, which will be open to spectators upon reservation. The night of Saturday October 8th will offer a performance party starting at 22.30 with “Legend Night”, music, show and performance by Dr Feelx, directly coming from the successful Italian TV programme “Chiambretti Night”, together with the fascinating Vhelade.

The performance on the Special Stages, on the other hand, will be enhanced by “Legend Show”, a trial by group B cars driven by the champions present at the event on Sunday 9th October on the Super Stage: a spectacular match that promises to offer pure high-level fun and acts.


Rallylegend will develop in its two legs between Friday 7th and Saturday 8th October, with technical scrutineerings and administrative checks scheduled on Thursday 7th and shakedown on Friday morning.

The news concern first of all the separation of final results, with historical cars built before 1982 that will have their own classification and a dedicated trophy, as the World Rally Cars of the first years, which will be present this year too. A debut at Rallylegend for Kit Cars, with the most prestigious models built until the year 2000, that will be in the same classification as the Wrc cars.

Starting on Thursday October 6th until Sunday 9th the Rally Village will host the most intense and vivid four days ever, with new initiatives, performance, show, exhibitions and meetings with the champions.

Details schedule will be available on the website www.rallylegend.com

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