Roma, January 15th – The charm of the tradition, the courage of the future. A regularity race which honours its past, but has no fear of renewing itself starting from the introduction of a three part route, with night special stages which will have its beating heart in Cortina d’Ampezzo. This will be the spirit which will mark Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti 2015.
Presented today at ACI’s headquarters in Rome with the presence of ACI President Angelo Sticchi Damiani, CONI’s President Giovanni Malagò Belluno AC’s President Gianpaolo Bottacin, Chairman of the Organising Committee Alessandro Casali and multiple World Motorcycle Champion, Giacomo Agostini.
Paying tribute to the days on which the historical race was held, this year the Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti regularity race will take place from 23 to 26 July 2015 representing a symbol of past and future Italy. «Passion for cars – underlined CONI’s President, Giovanni Malagò – is part of my life and this event blends tradition, culture and great charm. Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti is an unmissable event for enthusiasts, it enhances history by promoting on the International stage the winning image of the Country, thanks to breathtaking landscapes honoured by real four-wheeled jewels. I am grateful to ACI and to the Belluno branch for their commitment to an unparalleled show».
Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti 2015 is also the future’s courage marked by a brand new route. New features are many, with the addition of a night stage which will take place at the end of the first day of race for a total of 509 km. Thirteen dolomite passes, 45 time trials and 4 average speed trials (two for each leg). The race will will get into full swing on July 23rd with its technical checks. The start of the competing teams, on the other hand, is scheduled for July 24th from Corso Italia in Cortina d’Ampezzo. The race will stop then at Sappada and it will return back to the “Queen of Dolomites”. The night stage will start, during the evening of the same July 24th from Corso Italia. Around 84 km on charming and fully safe roads (because of their low traffic density) to reach Armentarola for the night stop.
The Falzarego, Valparola and Campolongo passes will be crossed to return back to the enchanting setting of Cortina d’Ampezzo on the same night enjoying the night view of the village which will be lit to the nines. The second day of the competition will again move from Cortina for coming back there after the stop at Brunico. Suspense until the last km of the race thanks to the average speed trial which will take place on the Giau Pass and which may even reverse the final result during the race day of July 25th.
Registrations are open starting from today, January 15th, until June 7th 2015 on the following websitehttp://www.coppadorodelledolomiti.it. A maximum number of 120 cars manufactured between 1919 and 1961 will be admitted to the race. Moreover, the event features a special category with a dedicated ranking reserved to a maximum number of 30 cars manufactured between 1962 and 1965 which stand out for their racing heritage or their significant historic relevance.
The charm of Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti is, also and above all, represented by the uniqueness of its routes. «In the World – stated the President of Automobile Club d’Italia, Angelo Sticchi Damiani – there are many beautiful cars which can run on beautiful roads. But only the most exciting vehicles, driven by the most passionate drivers, can be players in Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti, a legendary race which follows the roads of the mountains which were designated World Heritage for their charm and majesty. You don’t race the Coppa d’Oro, you live it; you don’t watch it, you admire it. Coppa d’Oro never ends: it starts with a green flag like many other races, but the chequered flag is only a moment of the event which leaves its mark in the heart of the attending crews and audience». A great sporting event but also an occasion for adding value to a unique land. «Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti – said the President AC Belluno, Gianpaolo Bottacin – finds, in our mountains and in Cortina d’Ampezzo, its perfect context, matching sporting heritage, local culture, charming landscape and elegant glamour. I am proud that Automobile Club Belluno, always committed for the promotion of the event also through new, future oriented, features, will be able to play a leading role».
«This year, Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti renews itself – declared the President of the Organising Committee, Alessandro Casali – by adding the night stage, its setting: an outstanding panorama below the stars. A route which is enriched by high altitude spots which were never touched by the previous editions, to gift the pilots with ever new emotions and give visibility to an area which is unique in Italy and Worldwide».
Peculiarities and details of the route:
The legs are designed for giving to the racing crews the right blend of adrenaline and beautiful landscapes, hairpins and challenging hills will be alternated with surprising and panoramic sections whose charm is surprising with unusual and waiting to be discovered mountain passes such as Forcella Lavardet and Sella Ciampigotto. The drivers will pass through small villages such as Danta or Sappada – just to name some of them – for being enchanted by the timeless charm of typical wooden houses and of high mountain churches. The skills of the drivers will be put to the test during the time trials on the skiroll track of Prato Carnico in Alta Val Pesarina, on the Valparola Pass and on the Falzarego Pass during the night stage, on the cycle track of the Braies lake.
Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti
Great International Event of classic motoring regularity
Dates 23 – 26 July 2014
Registrations open until 7 June 2015
Admitted cars: from 1919 – 1961
Barchetta special Ranking
Special category: 1962-1965 cars
Online registration on the website: www.coppadorodelledolomiti.it