2009

It was clear that people had heard about the rally and what a great time everybody had because entries doubled for the 2008 event.

Take twenty intrepid crews in a variety of Italian cars, add 1250 kilometres of fabulous driver’s roads between Sydney and Melbourne, throw in a few questions to ensure that everyone follows the correct route, spice the whole lot up with plenty of gourmet Italian food, wine and camaraderie, then mix in a few surprises, and you have the recipe for three days of pure enjoyment that also provides opportunities to support some very worthwhile charities. Enter the Italian Connection Trophy touring assembly which was held on the weekend of 22 – 24 May and is now set to become an annual affair, such was the success of this year’s event.

With the benefit of Sydney suburb, Leichhardt supporting the event, the city’s mayor flagged competitors away at 10am on a rainy Sydney Friday, escorted on their way south by a flotilla of Italian cars, Fiats and Ferraris, Alfas and Abarths led by a Police escort and the Pace Car both brand new Fiat 500’s.

RESULTS – 2009 ITALIAN CONNECTION TOURING ASSEMBLY

OUTRIGHT

1. Robert Panetta/David Panetta Alfa Romeo 21.84

2. Peter Doig/Matthew Doig Alfa Romeo 23.45

3. Ian Allison/Warren Smith Fiat 24.83

4. John Dickson Lancia 25.91

5. Joe Fiori/Branden Kisten BMW 26.76

6. Joe Parisi/Charles Parisi Alfa Romeo 27.91

7. John Carigliano/Sam Carigliano Porsche 28.42

8. Enio Briglia/Enzo Salsano Alfa Romeo 29.91

9. Grant Wilson/Anthony Renowden Fiat 32.97

10. Charles Di Petta/Benny D’Angelo Alfa Romeo 33.88

11. Robert Seritti/Frank Carigliano Alfa Romeo 35.07

12. Luke Faccini/George Pandaleon Alfa Romeo 37.27

13. Vaughan Stibbard/Dimity Carrick Clark Mercedes 42.44

14. Lido Russo/Sylvia Russo Ferarri 44.59

15. Ben Doig/Wayne Green Alfa Romeo 48.40

16. Nick Scali/Mario Martino Fiat 61.71

17. Muzio Cantarelli/Adel Mangaloni Fiat 61.84

18. Frank Vasile/Joe Vescio Alfa Romeo 93.70

19. Peter Parussolo/Mitch Butera Fiat 107.30

20. Peter Mandich/Boris Mandich Alfa Romeo 109.94

MOTORKHANA – FASTEST RUN (For information purposes only)

1. Peter Mandich/Boris Mandich Alfa Romeo 19.94

2. Robert Panetta/David Panetta Alfa Romeo 21.84

3. Muzio Cantarelli/Adel Mangaloni Fiat 21.84

4. Vaughan Stibbard/Dimity Carrick Clark Mercedes 22.44

5. Grant Wilson/Anthony Renowden Fiat 22.97

6. Peter Doig/Matthew Doig Alfa Romeo 23.45

7. Frank Vasile/Joe Vescio Alfa Romeo 23.70

8. Charles Di Petta/Benny D’Angelo Alfa Romeo 23.88

9. Lido Russo/Sylvia Russo Ferarri 24.59

10. Ian Allison/Warren Smith Fiat 24.83

11. Robert Seritti/Frank Carigliano Alfa Romeo 25.07

12. John Dickson Lancia 25.91

13. Joe Fiori/Branden Kisten BMW 26.76

14. Luke Faccini/George Pandaleon Alfa Romeo 27.27

15. Peter Parussolo/Mitch Butera Fiat 27.30

16. Joe Parisi/Charles Parisi Alfa Romeo 27.91

17. Ben Doig/Wayne Green Alfa Romeo 28.40

18. John Carigliano/Sam Carigliano Porsche 28.42

19. Enio Briglia/Enzo Salsano Alfa Romeo 29.91

20. Nick Scali/Mario Martino Fiat 31.71