|Rally dos Sertões: Mitsubishi´s Spinelli / Haddad the new leader in the cars.|
With the special test reduced for safety reasons, competitors of the "Rally dos Sertões" in Brazil forced the pace in the race of the 2nd stage on Monday (25th), between the cities of Caldas Novas and Catalão. The special had the dispute of 78 km, against 202.23 kilometers planned. 43 of 45 cars disputed the second stage.
In category T1 FIA (cars), the four-time champion Guilherme Spinelli and the co-driver Youssef Haddad accelerated their Mitsubishi ASX Racing and got the victory with a time of 00:48:30 minutes. Cristian Baumgart and Beco Andreotti (NWM Ford Ranger) were first runners up, just ahead of teammates Marcos Baumgart and Kleber Cincea (Ford Ranger).
Reinaldo Varela and Gustavo Gugelmin (Overdrive Toyota Hilux), who were leading, got a penalty (they over speeded in a radar zone), and dropped to fourth place overall.
Spinelli and Haddad took the overall lead from Varela, with the time of 02:40:45 hours, followed by Marcos Baumgart and Cincea. "It was a more enjoyable special test than yesterday, although three quarters of it have been canceled, which is a shame, but it was fast, with nice mounds. Anyway, we forced the pace a little more," said Spinelli.
In T1 Prototypes, the duo João Franciosi / Rafael Capoani (Mitsubishi Petrobras) won and got the overall lead (02:56:50). In Pro Brasil, Mauro Guedes and Neurivan Calado (MS Rally) also won and remained in the overall lead (02:54:44).
In Super Production, Glauber Fontoura and Minae Miyauti (Mitsubishi Ralliart Brazil) still unbeatable after winning the prologue and the first two stages. In Production T2, Vilson Thomas / William Thomas is another duo that won the day's special and is on overall leadership with 03:15:57 hours.
In the trucks, six-time champion of the Rally dos Sertões, Edu Piano and co-drivers Solon Mendes and Antonio Carlos de Sales (Ford F4000) won also the second stage and they are in the trucks leadership, with 00:02:52 minutes of advantage for the trio Kenner Garcia / Rafael dal Bello / Raphael Bettoni (Ford F4000), who was the first runner up Today.
On Tuesday the competitors depart towards Paracatu (Minas Gerais State) in the dispute of the 3rd stage of the Rally dos Sertões 2014. There will be 360.45 km in total on the third day (22.20 km of initial liaison, 209.86 km of special and 128.39 km of final liaison).
Between Goiânia and Belo Horizonte, Sertões will go through five more cities. Three will host the rally for the first time: Catalão, Paracatu and São Francisco. Caldas Novas and Diamantina complete the route.
2014/08/26 | 05:16 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/DS