The 2022 Italian Drifting Championship debuts in the Temple of Speed

The 35 registered drivers will showcase their driving skills in a dedicated route within the Ascari variant. Gilles Villeneuve will also be celebrated on the same day with the parades of the MonRace GV Cup.

Autodromo Nazionale Monza is ready to host the first seasonal stage of the 2022 Italian Drifting Championship organized by D-Race and ACI Sport. The crossbar race is scheduled for Sunday 22 May and is the absolute debut of the series in the Temple of Speed.

The 35 drivers entered in the Championship – who have already tried their hand at the Circuit during the official tests on 1 April last – are divided into two different categories. The 18 starters of the premier Pro class and the 17 entrants of the Pro2 will have to demonstrate their skill and technique in controlling the cars in a specific course designed within the Ascari variant.

The parterre of cars at the start of the race – all deriving from road and rear-wheel drive models – includes twenty-six BMWs, seven Nissan and two Subaru. Among the drivers, the large Italian representation stands out, with even twenty-seven home drivers, but there will be competitors of other nationalities, including the Swiss Julien Besson, winner in 2021 of the Pro2 category and a rookie this year in the most important class.

After the technical and sporting checks on Saturday, the competition will begin on Sunday 22 May with free practice, qualifying and the race. The free practice session will start in the morning at 8:30 am, while qualifying will start from 11:10 am, during which the drivers will already be divided into the two categories. The Pro2 drivers will enter the track first, while from 12:15 the Pro cars. The results of these heats will determine the starting ranking for the afternoon races, with the start from 2.30 pm for the Pro2 and from 4.30 pm for the Pro. The day will end at 7:30 pm with the award ceremony.

During the day, a jury will assign a score to each performance in the qualifying and race sessions, decreeing the final podium of both categories. For 2022, the judges will be Davide Busi, Nicolò Rosso and Claudio Varrica. The competition will be broadcast live on the Italian Drifting Championship YouTube channel and on the Drift Italy Facebook page.

Also on Sunday 22 May, there will also be space on the Circuit for the final test of the MonRace GV Cup , a dynamic competition for vintage Gran Turismo cars built from 1950 to the 1990s and dedicated to the legend of Gilles Villeneuve, in the forty-year anniversary of his disappearance.

The cars of the MonRace GV Cup will parade, starting at 12:30, first on the road track and then on the historic Overpasses of the Temple of Speed. The awards ceremony will start from 4.30 pm, which will concern the cars and crews that best embodied the spirit of the event.

The public will be able to enter the Autodrome for free on Sunday to watch the drifting race and the parade live from the lawn areas outside and inside the Ascari variant, and will have access to paddock 2 to see the championship cars up close. Spectators only pay for parking, with a cost of 15 euros for cars and 5 euros for motorbikes.