Rome success eases Monarri’s shoulders

Tuesday | August 09, 2022

Suzuki Motor Ibérica rider Alberto Monarri was relieved to claim his first ERC Open victory of his career on Rally di Roma Capitale last month.

The Spaniard joined the two-car Swift R4LLY S team at the start of the season but was plagued with mechanical problems in the Azores, the Canary Islands and also in Poland.

Work was carried out on Monarri’s car ahead of last month’s tarmac match and he beat team-mate Joan Vinyes by 20.6 seconds to take a record ERC Open class win and finish 21st overall.

“I really needed this result of course for me, but also for the whole team,” Monarri told FIAERC.com. “Everyone worked very hard all year and luck didn’t come to us.

“But now I’m very happy – I really needed this win and now we have to look forward to the Barum Czech Rally and hopefully we can continue in the same way.”



The three-day assembly was a true test of man and machine, with ambient temperatures peaking at 40 degrees centigrade at one point over the weekend.

Monarri explained the challenges of maintaining performance throughout the rally – especially on a 32km test such as Rocca di Cave – Subiaco.

“It was really tough,” he admitted. “There were some very long stages and possibly the worst temperatures for the rally – it was maybe 44 degrees at times.


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“You have to stay very focused in conditions like these because with the heat your performance can drop and when you approach the finish of the stage you can lose a bit of concentration.

“The car took everything perfectly and we had no problems with the tires or the brakes or anything. The only problem was with the pop-off valve on the first loop on Saturday, but we got it. changed to service and after that it was no longer a problem.

Suzuki is expected to field two cars for Monarri and Vinyes at Barum Czech Rally Zlín later this month (August 26-28). The entry list will be published next week.


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