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Two packed days of important appointments on 2 and 3 February at the Modena show dedicated to new competition vehicles and engines. Conferences, meetings and presentations, with the 2011 champions award ceremony the main highlight

Luca Bartolini


The “Commissione Sportiva Automobilistica Italiana” (CSAI), a part of the Italian Automobile Club, was the main partner of the 2012 edition of MotorSport Expotech. The international exhibition and conference on innovative materials, technologies, products and services for vehicles and high-performance competition engines took place at ModenaFiere on Thursday the 2nd and Friday the 3rd of February. CSAI, which chose the Modena show for the official opening of the new season, had a particularly comprehensive presence.

The CSAI stand provided all kinds of information for visitors, but during the two days of the exhibition it held a series of important events in the conference halls.

The award ceremony for the 2011 mountain racing champions and the presentation of the 2012 series took place on Thursday, 2 February. The celebrations for the winners of the Italian hill speed championship included the winners of Civm trophies and cups and the Italian hill speed trophy. The International Automobile Federation (IAF) presented the awards to the winners of the International Hill Climb Challenge and the European Hill Climb Cup. It was also the setting for the meetings of CSAI’s hill climb subcommittee and the IAF commission, with debates with organizers and operators.

A packed diary of meetings and conferences on a variety of interesting subjects, including the CSAI meeting with tuners at the “First National Tuners Forum”, the presentation of important Italian championships and monobrand trophies. On Thursday, 2 February, CSAI top management also spoke at the conference on “Safety at Motor Sport Competitions”, which was also attended by AciSport top management. Friday, 3 February was a particularly important  day for CSAI with two major events: the first forum for tuners/renters and, in the evening, the presentation of the awards to the 2011 Italian motor sports champions.

The first forum for tuners and renters is new on the national motor sports panorama. The forum handled numerous aspects of motor sports in Italy. The many speakers included CSAI president Angelo Sticchi Damiani and CSAI secretary Marco Ferrari, who talked about the projects for increasing collaboration between CSAI, tuners and renters. Also speaking were Gennaro Pezzella, president of the group of race officials, and the presidents of the technical, rally, kart, circuit speed and hill speed subcommittees, who explained the new regulations for 2012. The forum was closed by Marco Rogano, chief executive of AciSport, who described the promotion and communication strategies for the ACI-CSAI championship.

The other highlight of the two days in Emilia was on the evening of Friday, 3 February, when the prestigious “Awards Ceremony for the CSAI 2011 champions” was held in one of the exhibition halls. One of the most eagerly-awaited moments of the year, once again it was an emotional occasion for celebrating last season’s best Italian drivers and teams. The awards went to all the Italian champions as well as ace drivers and those who raised the Italian flag at international events.

On stage were the most important representatives from the Ferrari stable, drivers of the calibre of Jarno Trulli and Vitantonio Liuzzi, young men like Luca Filippi, Mirko Bortolotti, and others. Also present were all the Italian champions of major track and hill speed disciplines, from cross country to classic cars, from the very young karting champions to those of rallies, enduro and alternative energies. Also present were the top representatives of automobile manufacturers in Italy and abroad. Special awards went to drivers who shone on the international stage. A celebration of champions who were wished every success for the impending season.

For two days MotorSport Expotech was the throbbing heart of Italian motor sports and, above all, it was an interesting showcase where operators in particular and visitors in general had a complete panorama of tri-colour motor sports.

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