ARC: Series Rally Gran Premio de Unquillo preview

Villagra and Pozzo to clash for the title in the final round The Argentine Rally Championship is set to embark on it last and decisive round where Federico Villagra (Mitsubsihi) and Gabriel Pozzo (Subaru) will meet face to face to decide who of...

Villagra and Pozzo to clash for the title in the final round

The Argentine Rally Championship is set to embark on it last and decisive round where Federico Villagra (Mitsubsihi) and Gabriel Pozzo (Subaru) will meet face to face to decide who of them will get crowned in the Rally Gran Premio de Unquillo.

The VRS driver and series' leader, Villagra, is only one point ahead of his sole remaining challenger and this weekend he could be sealing his ninth championship against the former FIA Production Cup winner, who is pursuing his maiden title in the Rally Argentino.

Besides the one-point-lead "Coyote" have the upper hand since at the end of the season all the drivers must dismissed a round, and whilst Villagra was forced to abandon in two occasions, Pozzo will get rid of four points, meaning the difference increas ed to five points.

With this situation Pozzo needs to get the overall victory and claim the lead in both legs so as to pick up the total of the points there will be at play: twenty. Nevertheless, if Villagra manages to drive his Mitsubishi into second place, or totalize 15 points, he will be the new champion since he has clinched more victories throughout the season.

For Subaru this will be a special occasion, since it comes up with its last championship in 2005. Also this could be the last title for both Japanese makes considering many drivers will progressively switch next year to the brand new Maxi Rally cars.

After considerably time for developing the unit, Fiat has announced that the Italian-Argentine driver Cristian Confetti was handed the honor of making the Fiat Punto Maxi Rally debut on his special round, whereas Chevrolet will unveil one of its Agile models, which will be tackling the series next year. As for Volkswagen, the only Go l on the road will be the one driven by Claudio Menzi.

This final showdown will be held in the well known province of Cordoba, where the drivers must tackle four stages commonly used in the WRC round situated between the Punilla Valley and the mountain chain Sierras Chicas.

These stages are Agua de Oro-La Cumbre, La Cumbre-Ascochinga, Unquillo-Cosquin and La Falda-Falda, plus another run across two 8km stages, and two SSS including one to be run on asphalt in Unquillo's downtown on Fridays night.

-source: rallyargentino.org.ar

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Series OTHER RALLY
Drivers Federico Villagra , Gabriel Pozzo