|Baja Portalegre: Krzysztof Holowczyc is the new FIA Baja World Champion.|
Krzysztof Holowczyc in the FIA International Cup for Bajas, and Filipe Campos, for the Portuguese Championship, turn out to be the drivers with greater reason to celebrate at the end of the 24th edition of the Baja Portalegre 500, running under difficult weather conditions, with rain making the task even tougher for competitors. The Polish driver also secured the win overall, ensuring its first success in Portugal.
Holowczyc started with eight-point deficit over the Russian Boris Gadasin and only barely interested him the victory. And things do not seem to run a feature for the Nissan Navara driver, because Miguel Barbosa, who had precisely the same objective, began to dominate the prologue and then impose on the first selective section of the second day of competition, expanding its advantage in front of the standings.
However, the mechanic of Barbosa's Mitsubishi did not cooperate, breaking the alternator belt, running out of battery power and being forced to retire. Filipe Campos had a puncture in SS2 and lost time stopping to change the tyre. Holowczyc eventually ascend to first place and, with the withdrawal of Gadasin - fuel pressure problems - turned out a deserved win success that earned him the conquest of the FIA International Cup for Bajas.
"It was awesome this afternoon," began by stating Holowczyc. "I had never seen so much water in my life. It seems that we have entered a pool of water at the start of the special and went out in the end. It was very easy to make a mistake. It was a sector for those with sensitivity, since it was not easy to see where was the limit. The organization was perfect, I have done many races and have never seen a road-book so perfect, just cannot control the weather. I'm very happy with this win. "
Filipe Campos confirmed the full favoritism that he was assigned to the start of the race and, with second place overall, kept the national title: "This afternoon was very difficult. Water came in everywhere in my car and windshield crashed and so my co-driver always had to go to press the button. It was very complicated, but to fulfill our objective we had was that retain the title and we are very satisfied. We knew that this route had less mud in the afternoon, but accumulates a lot of water, but I had never seen anything like it. "
Excellent performance from the Spaniard Joan Roca Village, which led to his Mitsubishi to the final podium spot, while the already T2's champion, Ricardo Porém confirmed the title with another win in the group, after Nuno Matos had led for a long time but ended up being eliminated in an attempt to overtake Pedro Grancha, who was facing problems, with the two cars to touch each other and the tip of the direction of Isuzu Matos to yield.
2010/11/01 | 13:49 CET | EDITOR: MR/HS/PORTALEGRE