The Fiat 124 Abarth Rally celebrated its first ever competition appearance at the 85th running of the Rallye Monte Carlo this past weekend, however one of the rear-drive rally cars ended its debut outing early following a heavy shunt with a tree.
The No. 25 Abarth 124 Rally of Italian FIA R-GT competitors Fabio Andolfi and Manuel Fenoli impacted a tree hard on the vehicle’s driver’s side after Andolfi lost control on the exit of a snow-covered right hander. In Abarth’s words, the accident “proved the structural robustness of the car,” but in the end forced Andolfi to withdraw from the race.
The fastest Abarth 124 rally in Monte Carlo this weekend was that of Gabriele Noberasco, who finished second the R-GT category behind reigning series champion Romain Dumas and his 4.0-liter Porsche 997. Andolfi was pressing on Noberasco during the second day of the rally, so if he can stay out of the woods in the next round in Ireland, maybe we’ll have a new fastest Abarth 124 Rally in the FIA’s R-GT Cup.
Check out the video of Andolfi’s crash embedded above.