Race Director of the Eco Targa Florio 2012: high tension during the stages

Giancarlo Zattera, Race Director of Classic Cars, was once again up and working early in Taormina.

As Race Director, how have you found the Targa Florio so far?

It takes a bit of time to get used to any rallye. After two days of racing all the drivers are in the zone, driving at their best and very familiar with the roadbook. If the weather holds, everyone’s happy.

You seem calm, but completely concentrated – is it very stressful being the Race Director during the Targa Florio?

During the individual stages it’s only natural that the Race Director is very tense. Obviously. More than 100 vehicles are competing in the Classic Car section – and some of them are travelling very fast. There are obstacles, trucks, tailbacks, narrow village streets, herds of cows and so on. So you are always on edge during the race, hoping that the mobile phone stays quiet and that nothing happens.

The second stage, from Ragusa to Taormina asks a lot of the drivers – it’s the hardest of the three stages of the Targa Florio. What are your conclusions after the third day of racing?

We can be happy that there have been no major incidents; just a few dents, of course, some engine failures and breakdowns. But with the support team and our mechanics we have been able to sort most of these out. In driving terms most things have worked well. Despite the roadblocks and good signage, a few drivers have missed turns and ended up in the mountains, but these were just small incidents that could be managed. The important thing is that nothing serious has happened; we have all had a good guardian angel so far.

Giancarlo Zattera - Targa Florio 2012 Classic Cars
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