Rally 1000 Miglia
Round 2, Italy
European Rally Championship
The Rally 1000 Miglia takes its name from the worldwide known “Mille Miglia” race which was run from 1927 to 1957 from Brescia to Rome and back.
Organized by the Automobile Club of Brescia, the rally was run for the first time in 1977: since 1993 it has F.I.A. validity and since 2001 it is valid for the F.I.A. European Rally Championship.
Like in 2007 the heart of the event will be again at the Exhibition Centre of Montichiari (“Centro Fiera del Garda”), 12 kms. east of Brescia city centre, and the race will be run through one of the most picturesque parts of Northern Italy. Both the Ceremonial Start and the Finish (together with the Prize-giving Ceremony) will take place in the heart of the old town of Montichiari.Qualified hotels and guest-houses are available in Brescia city centre and along the shores of southern Lake Garda in Desenzano, 15 kms. from Montichiari.
The Rally 1000 Miglia attracts every year the most qualified drivers (past winners include Dario Cerrato, Fabrizio Tabaton, Gianfranco Cunico, Piero Longhi, Andrea Dallavilla, Renato Travaglia, Miguel Campos, Paolo Andreucci and Giandomenico Basso) and since 1985 is one of the top events of the Italian Rally Championship.The race is run on good tarmac roads and in 2008 the Organization re-propose the same itinerary of 2007, consisting of two days with seven different Special Stages (each of them to be run twice) plus one Super Special Stage (about 5 km.). The total distance of the rally is about 980 km. and the fifteen Special Stages total distance is 273 kilometres.
The Special Stages (the shortest is 8,40 km. long and the longest is 32,50 km. long) include the classic Stages of the previous editions of the event (the famous and extremely challenging “Cavallino”, “Capovalle”, Tremosine”, “Colle San Zeno” and “Pertiche”). The Service Park (the same for both legs), the Rally HQ and the Media Centre are located at “Centro Fiera del Garda”.
The Rally is one of the three races of the prestigious “Trident Trophy”, together with two other main events of the F.I.A. European Rally Championship: Ypres Westhoek Rally in Belgium and Rallye Antibes - Cote d'Azur in France.
In 2007 the event has been followed by more than 80.000 spectators (5.000 of them only at the Super Special Stage run at “Autodromo di Franciacorta”!).
Accredited Media (newspaper, magazines, radio and TV) in 2007 were over 100.