Umberto Scandola, Skoda, pulling away, Basso, Peugeot stranded for an excursion, Perico, Peugeot, contact and puncture

Umberto Scandola and Guido d'Amore flying on the Skoda Fabia on top of the 49th edition of Rally of Friuli Venezia Giulia get closer to the Italian Rally 2013 title.

30 August 2013, Cividale del Friuli - Scandola is leading an easy race which – is still very long – now just needs wise managing after the retirement of Giandomenico Basso, out at the end of the stage when he was leading the race a handful of seconds clear of Scandola, while Alessandro Perico, also on Peugeot 207 Super 2000, never got into the race as he retired after the first stage.

The Rally of Friuli Venezia Giulia seems to give a precise connotation to the classification of the Italian Rally Championship when only two races are left to run: the Targa Florio and the Rallye of Sanremo. Scandola and Skoda still have the long second leg to run on six stages for a total of 107 timed kilometers but the advantage gained sums to more than 30'' to the second, Stefano Albertini on Peugeot 207 Super 2000 of Racing Lions, which seems quite a safe margin for the win of the race.

As regarding the absolute classification and the Italian Production and Junior Championships, good performance by Andrea Nucita and Simone Campedelli, both on Citroen DS3 R3, who are respectively in third and fourth place of the absolute classification and in first and second of the Production standings. Nucita is also leading the Citroen Racing Trophy. Alessandro Bosca, on Renault Clio R3T is following them but at the start he was leading the charts.

Good race from the Tuscany driver Paolo Andreucci, navigated by Anna Andreussi on Peugeot 208 R2.The several-times Italian Champion has been always very quick but was slowed down towards the end by an electric problem.

In the Italian Junior Championship Andrea Crugnola on Renault New Twingo put in another stunning race and solidly leads the race ahead of the Ford Fiesta R2 driven by Matteo Brunello.

Bosca and Crugnola, also lead the Renault Clio R3 Production Trophy and the Renault Twingo R2 Top Trophy.

The second and decisive leg is scheduled for tomorrow. The start is set at 09:00 (GMT+2) and the end is expected to be at 13:00. The three passages on the challenging stages "Masarolis" of 14,96 km and "Trivio" of 20,76 km will be two long and difficult challenges that can still reserve surprises. Two unmissable appointments are also scheduled for tomorrow: the Live Streaming by ACI at 15.20 during regrouping after four stages. In the evening, the live TV coverage on Rai Sport 2 from Cividale del Friuli, in Duomo's square at 19:45 at the end of the rally.

General Standings at the end of day one of the 49th Rally ofl Friuli Venezia Giulia: 1.U.Scandola-G.D'Amore (Skoda Fabia S2000) in 32'51.0 ;2. S.Albertini-S.Scattolin (Peugeot 207 S2000) at 35.3;3.A.Nucita-G.Princiotto(Citroen DS3 R3T) at 1'18.0 ;4.S.Campedelli-D.Fappani(Citroen DS3) at 1'19.7 ;5.A.Humar-F.Rus(Renault New Clio R3C) at 2'18.7

Information, commentary, pictures, videos and classifications are available at the official webpage of the Italian Championships