Believe it or not - Moriatis takes round nine

Emanuel Moriatis. That`s the name key of the Turismo Carretera this days after the ninth round disputed at the circuit of 9 de Julio. One more time Ford dominated on sunday and took the 1,2,3 at the podium with Moriatis, Alejandro Ochionero and ...

Emanuel Moriatis. That`s the name key of the Turismo Carretera this days after the ninth round disputed at the circuit of 9 de Julio. One more time Ford dominated on sunday and took the 1,2,3 at the podium with Moriatis, Alejandro Ochionero and Gabriel Ponce de León.

Moriatis is leaving a dream. No doubt. Magic. He arrived this weekend like one more in the field of the Turismo Carretera. And he leave like a hero. That`s the things that makes the Turismo Carretera what it is. You may like it or not, but it`s T.C.

This magic dream for Emanuel started like a nightmare on friday when a leak of gas almost kill him and members of the team. Fortunately a telephone ring saved them from a real tragedy.

After the difficult moment, Moriatis did a great job at the qualify session on saturday with the fourth time for the Ford number 37. His best result in his short T.C. carreer.

Sunday dawned cold but with the heat of thousands of fans that wanted Turismo Carretera.

Moriatis continue his dream in the first short race when after four laps of hard dispute he passed the four times champion and poleman Guillermo Ortelli. The first sample that Emanuel was a candidate for the main competition.

Moriatis started the main race from the first place because he won the fastest of the three short races. Christian Ledesma shared the first row, while Diego Aventín (Moriatis team mate) and Ortelli took the second row.

The final race started and Moriatis took the leaderhsip almost like an experienced driver, but it was his first time in front of the T.C. field. Fantastic.

With the help of Ledesma, who made like a wall between the leader and the rest, after seven laps Moriatis had a gap of 8 seconds. That was the key for Emanuel`s victory.

The fight between Ledesma and Ortelli for the second place and for the championship as weel was amazing but end to soon when Ortelli hit Ledesma in lap 6. The champion started to loose positions until arrived tenth with the car broken, While the championship leader continued tying to get a place in the top ten but the illusion finished with a friction with ¨Lalo¨ Ramos (Ford) in lap 20 fighting for eighth. Ledesma retired.

After the friction between the two Chevrolets, Ochionero took the second position and started to cut the gap with the leader but it was impossible. Moriatis won with no problems, 18 races after his debut in the category a year ago in this same circuit.

A fantastic result took from this race Norberto Fontana driving a Dodge. He arrived fourth. His best job in Turismo Carretera. The T.C. 2000 champion did a very smart competition. Now he is 23th. in the championship and is a candidate to be in the podium before the end of the season.

The fight for the championshp shown a bad day for Ledesma. Ernesto Bessone arrived eighth with the Dodge. All the weekend Bessone was complicated with the ballast in his car (150kg.). However this is very important result to continue the dream of became T.C. champion.

The Ford candidate to get the championship and two times winner this year, Omar Martínez also took importants points from 9 de Julio. He finished fifth.

Ledesma continue leading the championship with 114 points, near followed by Bessone with 112, Martínez 102,5 and Ortelli with 97. The fifth place shows Aventín, who retired with engine problem, with 81,5 points and sixth, the second finisher Occhionero with 81.

The category will race again in three weeks at Buenos Aires circuit. Be ready for another exciting race.

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Series General
Drivers Christian Ledesma , Norberto Fontana , Omar Martinez , Gabriel Ponce de Leon , Emanuel Moriatis