|Rally dos Sertões: Second victory of Overdrive´s Varela/Gugelmin in stage 01.|
The 22nd edition of the Brazilian "Rally dos Sertões", the largest off-road competition in Brazil, started with a strong pace on Sunday (24th) in the 1st stage of the dispute between the towns of Goiânia and Caldas Novas.
There were 216 km in total and a special test with 155 km. Among the cars, at the category T1-FIA, the duo Reinaldo Varela and Gustavo Gugelmin (Overdrive Toyota Hilux) were the winners, with the time of 01:50:17 hours.
Cristian Baumgart and Beco Andreotti (NWM Ford Ranger), who had finished second, were punished with five minutes (by losing a waypoint during the displacement) and dropped to fourth overall. Guilherme Spinelli and Youssef Haddad (Mitsubishi ASX) and Marcos Baumgart and Kleber Cincea (NWM Ford Ranger) are in the second and third place, respectively.
"In Sunday's special test, even a kangaroo would want out, the car was kicking so much," said the winner Rainalo Valera. "But it was very good. It was possible to compare our performance with the other competitors. This is only the beginning and we have to be carefully all the time."
Among the 45 cars in the entry list, 44 started the special test this Sunday and four did not finish within the maximum time for the test. Besides the T1 FIA, cars are also disputed in the categories T1 Prototypes, Pró Brasil, Super Production, Production T2 and Production T2 / TR4.
In the Super Production category, the victory on the day was with the defending champions Glauber Fontoura and Minae Miyauti (Mitsubishi Ralliart Brasil). In Pro in Brazil, Mauro Guedes and Neurivan Calado (MS Rally) were the best. Sylvio de Barros Neto and Eduardo Bampi (Mitsubishi Ralliart Brasil) were the winners in the T1 Prototypes. And the duo Wagner Roncon and Joselito Melo Jr. (Dudu Rally Team) won in the Production T2.
Current champion in the truck category, Edu Piano and the co-drivers Solon Mendes and Antonio Carlos de Sales (Ford Racing F4000) were the fastest on the trucks, with the time 02:24:09 hours - even without working brakes.
The trio Kenner Garcia / Rafael Dal Bello / Raphael Bettoni (Ford F4000) were first runners-up with Felicio Tadeu Bragante / Ricardo de Paula Costa / Paco Corder (Ford F4000) in third, and six-time champion Guido Salvini and co-drivers Flavio Bisi and Fernando Chwaigert (Mercedes Atego) in fourth.
On Monday (25th), the competitors depart towards Catalão in the dispute of the 2nd stage of the Rally dos Sertões 2014. There will be 260.36 km in total on the second day (39.54 km of initial liaison, 202.23 km of special and 18.59 km of final liaison).
Between Goiânia and Belo Horizonte, Sertões will cross five more cities. Three will host the rally for the first time: Catalão, Paracatu and São Francisco. Caldas Novas and Diamantina complete the route.
2014/08/25 | 19:58 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/DS