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Por las Pampas: 65 Entries at the first FIA Worldcup Rally.

With 23 cars, 1 truck, 37 bikes and 4 quads, entries to run Por las Pampas Cross Country Rally 2006, Patagonia-Atacama closed yesterday. According to the tradition, there was a great number of last minute confirmations to take part in this challenge that will start next March 7 in Argentinian Patagonia and will finish on the 16th in the region of Atacama, Chile.

Among cars, one Bowler - a prototype based on a Land Rover - from Norway was added to the list, together with two Mitsubishis and two Chevrolets, both coming from Brazil. Among bikes, the highlight of the recent entries was the official KTM team, and the Off Road Uruguay team with four representatives. Meanwhile the South Americans will compete against each other in a race with a good number of representatives from Chile, Argentina and Brazil.

There will be some newcomers from the last mentioned country: The Chevrolet Rally Team with two Chevrolet S-10 diesel units and the Mitsubishi Racing Brazil in two evolutions, also diesel. They will have to run against more experienced drivers in this rally, many of whom have renewed their vehicles for this edition. Finally, only one crew confirmed its participation in the trucks category, so they will try to complete the itinerary in the giant Unimog. Even without direct rivals, the conditions of the terrain will probably be enough challenge for this vehicle.

The official KTM team registered the entry of the winner of Rally Dakar 2006 and of Patagonia-Atacama 2005, Marc Coma. His team mate, on board another KTM 660 Rally, will be the young Spanish rider Jordi Viladoms. But Coma will not have an easy race running against experienced riders as the multiple champion Carlo De Gavardo. But Chileans will be majority, with a total of 16 in this category, showing their skills in their homeland, again in a race of their own.

Four quads will try not only to lead their category, but maybe, as in past editions, they will get mixed between the bikes classification. A Uruguayan Yamaha, a Brazilian Honda, and two Bombardiers, one from Chile and another one from Brazil, enssure a high competition level in this special division.

More informations you find on the official website at [ ].

2006/02/06 I 22:01 CET I Editor:

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