Cancio joins the red squad to drive the Hyundai i20 R5 on this new date.
Alejandro Cancio gave himself another great pleasure in his varied sports career. The Neuquén driver prevailed with the Hyundai i20 of the R5 class on the 4th date of the DIRECTV Argentine Rally, the first of the two races of the Córdoba Rally, and thus crowned a great return to the category to become the first “Old guard” driver to win with a car of this generation.
The Neuquén imposed a different rhythm, taking advantage of the mechanical power of his car, especially in the most cramped sectors, and only in the first stages of each stage did he have the resistance of Martín Scuncio, his teammate at Point Cola Racing, who later would suffer individual tire breaks that left him without scoring great points.
“Winning again, being in a race in the Argentine Rally is the most beautiful thing that can happen to me, racing and winning with this car, enjoying with friends and family is what I like the most. We were able to enjoy a good run and a great car that the team gave us ”said Cancio at the end of the race.
From behind, the RC2 cars played a separate race, and the one that prevailed was Javier Castro’s Toyota Etios R4. The Patagonian rider had a regular rhythm throughout the day, always behind Gerónimo Padilla, who led the entire race until in the last special he broke a tensioner that left him out of the race.
As a guard, Nicolás Díaz remained at 24.2s and after a crucial comeback after a brake problem that relegated him to fifth position. The GP Motorsport driver took advantage of the abandonments of Padilla and Marcos Ligato (electrical problems) and got into the fight for the title when it seemed that he was losing all hope. Third in the class was Federico Villagra with the Toyota Gazoo Racing Yaris and fourth Augusto D’Agostini (Baratec) who regained the top of the contest. On Sunday, the fifth date will award a score and a half and a competition must also be ruled out to decide who will keep the scepter.
The rest of the kinds
In the RC2 Pirelli Cup, Gastón Pasten was the exclusive protagonist as he prevailed without objection in both stages and in the general classification. The KS Racing driver from San Juan edged Diego Micelli by more than three minutes, while Fernando Álvarez Castellano was even further behind in third place.
In RC3, Paulo Soria prevailed, after an interesting duel with Victorio Ballay in which they alternated the lead on some occasions. The entrerriano finally prevailed by 11.8s, while Germán Galfrascoli was in third place.
Without a doubt, the class with the most variants was the RC5. In the minor of the divisions Gastón Pedrido won, who had finished the first stage in sixth position 50.7s from the lead. After some abandonments and incidents, he finally won over Manuel Torrás by 17.2s. Damian Ibarra completed the podium.
Finally, in the Senior Cup, the victory went to Álvarez Castellano, who prevailed over Juan Saralegui.
DIRECTV Argentinian Rally | Córdoba Rally
Classification 4th Date
1. Alejandro Cancio-Santiago García (Hyundai i20 R5) 1.11.27,9s
2. Javier Castro-Leonardo Londero (Toyota Etios R4) + 1.40.6s 3. Nicolás Díaz-Luis Allende (Ford Fiesta MRT) + 2.04.8s
4. Federico Villagra-Virginia Klus (Toyota Yaris MRT) + 2.14.8s
5. Augusto D’Agostini-Juan P. Carrera (VW Polo MRT) + 2.27.4s
6. David Nalbandian-Manuel Prieto (Chevrolet Onix MRT) + 5.17.4s
7. Gastón Pasten-Matías Ramos (VW Polo MRT) + 5.28.3s
8. Alejandro Menendez-Ignacio Uez (VW Gol MRT) + 8.05.6s
SOURCE: ARGENTINIAN RALLY