I drove in both historical rallies with homologated cars until 1990, and in modern rallies, but for me there is no comparison. In the historical ones, the environment is more complicit, it helps us and we confront each other, even in the post-race. In general, I find it more genuine and affordable. I like it because you have to work with the mechanic to find the right trim. You can adjust at the injection level and little else! But unlike modern rallies, there is still the possibility of doing assists in the street (not during the specials of course). Breakages are more frequent but simpler. Of course, mechanically a part of hybridization with modern technologies has occurred because authentic materials undergo too much stress.
As a child, I had the example of my uncle and my father too as a rallyist. I started thanks to the impulse of my friend Alex Caffi. As a good guy from Brescia, I was rooting for him even before knowing him in person at the time of his career in Formula 1 and GT. We met by chance in 2002-2003 during the sale of a Volkswagen Golf. And after a few years, in 2010, I find myself driving a Porsche 911 SC at the Cremona Historic Circuit and then discovering that we were racing at night with Alex who encourages me by saying: "Yes, turn on the lights and go." I improvised a lot, but I had fun. My friendship with Alex has grown over time, think that in 2018 at the Monza Rally Show he made me the honor of being my navigator. The rally that I carry in my heart? The Rally Mille Miglia Storico of 2012 where I scored the fourth place overall. In 2016 I won that rally, but the 2012 edition is the one I prefer. My daughter was three months old and the whole family and Alex too, who is a bit part of the family now, took to the streets to celebrate with me. Unique emotions.