Bah?a Blanca race report

Marcelo Bugliotti (Ford) won in the thirteen race of Turismo Carretera disputed in the airport of Bahía Blanca. This was the first victory for Bugliotti in only eleven races in the category. A perfect weekend for him and the Pro Racing...

Marcelo Bugliotti (Ford) won in the thirteen race of Turismo Carretera disputed in the airport of Bahía Blanca. This was the first victory for Bugliotti in only eleven races in the category. A perfect weekend for him and the Pro Racing Team.

The activity started on Saturday with the pole position for Bugliotti followed by Luis Minervino (Chevrolet) and the winner of the last race in Balcarce, Fabián Acuña (Ford).

On Sunday a wet track complicate a little the activity of the first series won by Bugliotti followed by Juan Manuel Silva (Ford) and Bugliotti`s teammate, Daniel Cingolani (Ford).

In the second series Etchegaray (Ford) was the only that took the risk starting with slicks tyres in a track half wet and half dry. No doubt it was the right decision. He won followed by Minervino and Marcos Di Palma (Chevrolet).

The third series started with a dry track and Occhionero (Ford) dominated without problems. Second finished the champion Ortelli (Chevrolet) and Sinelli (Ford).

The final race started with Ochinero and Etchegaray in the first row followed by Bugliotti and Ortelli with the best Chevrolet in the starting grid.

In lap two Bugliotti passed Occhinero in the fight for the second position. Two laps later he did the same with Etchegaray for the first place.

It was a horrible weekend for Diego Aventín. On Saturday a mechanic problem made him qualified thirty-second. The luck doesn`t changed for him on Sunday, after started twenty-third the final race an engine problem put him in a side of the competition.

Another bad weekend for the Chevrolet drivers. M. Di Palma was fourth when a friction with Henry Martin put him in the back. He only finished eleventh.

Guillermo Ortelli was making a great job for the championship, because Aventín was out and Di Palma and Martínez out of the top ten. But in lap eighteenth a mistake fighting with Etchegaray the fourth place made him quit the race.

A good race completed Omar Martínez after all. In the series a friction with Patricio Di Palma and (Torino) and Fernando Iglesias (Ford) put him in the last position of the grid for the final race. He finished twelfth after a lot of fight .

In the first place Bugliotti was solid like a rock during all the weekend. He dominated the practice, he marked the pole position, he won his series and the most important the final race. This first victory is very important because is not easy for a team and a driver came from T.C.2000 to win in their first season in T.C.

The other big protagonist of this race was without doubt Gabriel Ponce de León (Ford). He started eighteenth the competition and he finished second. After only five laps he was sixth fighting with the Chevrolets of Ortalli and Marcos Di Palma. In lap twenty he passed Occhinero for the second position. This is his first podium in T.C. in ten races.

</pre> In the championship

POSICIONES FINALES

Pos.    Nº      Piloto          Marca
1°      122     Marcelo Bugliotti Ford
2°      142     Ponce de León Ford
3°       12     Alejandro Occhionero Ford
4°      111     Juan Manuel Silva Ford
5°       10     Rafael Verna Ford
6º       22     Miguel Etchegaray Ford
7º        6     Fabián Acuña Ford
8º       26     Luis Minervino Chevrolet
9º        7     Ernesto Bessone Dodge
10º      16     Hugo Redolfi Dodge

CAMPEONATO Pos. Nº Piloto Puntos 1° 1 Guillermo Ortelli 174,5 2° 11 Diego Aventín 168,5 3° 2 Omar Martínez 166,5 4° 111 Juan Manuel Silva 149 5° 5 Marcos Di Palma 147 6º 6 Fabián Acuña 130

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