Fabio Babini dominates "Pirelli Champions Cup" once more
Having started off cautiously during the first heat with the Mitsubishi, Babini then beat Caffi in the Maserati during their second encounter. He said: "I'm obviously delighted to have won the Pirelli Champions Cup for the second time running, beating an ex-Formula 1 driver as talented as Alex Caffi. The weather conditions, which were very cold and wet, made life only slightly harder as I was able to rely on the PZero rain tyres when it was necessary. I'm even more happy to have won because it is a fantastic way to celebrate Pirelli's 100 years in motor sport."
Pirelli's Rally Manager Mario Isola underlined the success of the philosophy behind the Pirelli Champions Cup. "Thanks to the knock-out formula that we have chosen, there's a high level of suspense and excitement for everybody involved - also thanks to the presence of some top drivers and riders," he said. "It makes an excellent prelude to next weekend's Memorial Bettega Rally event and to the now imminent 2008 season - which will see Pirelli as the exclusive tyre supplier to the World Rally Championship and the spectacular Grand Am Championship in North America.
Going back to this weekend's Pirelli Champions Cup, I'd like to congratulate in particular the rally driver Luca Betti - who was also very good in the Maserati racing car - and especially Gianluca Nannelli, who quickly adapted to racing on four wheels instead of two."