CURITIBA OPENS SECOND TERM ON 98 SOUTH AMERICAN SUPERTOURNG Buenos Aires (19/08/98) - The South American Touring Car Championship, the Latin American series that adopts the FIA homologated rules for 2 liter Touring Car races, continues this week...
CURITIBA OPENS SECOND TERM ON 98 SOUTH AMERICAN SUPERTOURNG
Buenos Aires (19/08/98) - The South American Touring Car Championship, the Latin American series that adopts the FIA homologated rules for 2 liter Touring Car races, continues this week end when its seventh round takes place at the Curitiba circuit, some 400 km South of S.Paulo. After six races Brazilian Cacá Bueno (Peugeot 406), leads the series with 82 points, two ahead of reigning champion Argentine Oscar Larrauri and his BMW 320i. Thanks to their consistent performance they start the second half of the season carrying extra and unwelcome passengers, respectively 90 and 60 kg of ballast, consequence of the championship rules to equalise the battle among the nine different manufactures involved in the series.
This extra-weight shall increase the competitiveness over the six remaining races. If Larrauri won four times with his Pro.As/Mastercard 320i and Bueno and his team mate at the Brahma/Esso squad, Juan Manuel Fangio II sharing the other two, the situation may well change this week end. A major reason is the fact that Brazilian Ingo Hoffmann - Larrauris partner at the Pro.As/Mastercard team -, always drives well at the 3717 meter long Curitiba circuit and the Alfa Romeo duo of Cocho Lopez and Emiliano Spataro are making steady progress with their 155s tendered by the Race Car operation. It that is not enough, multi-champion Tito Bessone and Pablo Peón are also finding the way to get the best out of their Chrysler Stratus. Having said that, it will be an extremely good result for Bueno to keep this five consecutive podium results; the only race he didnt finish among the top three was the season opening round, when he was seventh.
Curitiba is regarded as Brazils newest motorsport developing beacon and this reflects on the entry list: local driver Flavio Trindade confirmed his presence on the fourth BMW entered by the Pro.As team. My goal, explains Trindade, is to get an idea of the series in order to help define my 1999 race program. Apart from Trindade, who is one of the Curitiba circuit managers, Brazilians Paulo Gomes (Chevrolet Vectra) and Adalberto Jardim (Nissan Primera), are also expected to be on the 24 cars grid. From Argentina, Gerardo Cerquetti will again drive the Mega Sport Ford Mondeo and Javier Balzano - winner of the first ever Sudam Super Touring race in April 1997 -, has been confirmed to be onboard the second INIs Vectra, where Miguel Angel Guerra - pole position at the last race -, is the number one driver.
Friday: Free practice from 10:00 to 10:30 and from 13:30 to 14:00
Saturday: Free practice from 10:00 to 10:30; Qualifying from 13:30 to14:00 followed by top qualifying.
Sunday: Warm up from 9:00 to 9:15; race start at 11:55.
Race distance: 28 laps around the 3.717 km long circuit, totalling 104,076 km.