LARRAURI WINS AND IS NOW 20 POINTS AHEAD OF BEUNO 5 MANUFACTURERS ON THE TOP FIVE Buenos Aires (04/10/98) - Argentinaâ€™s Oscar Larrauri (BMW 320i), won the ninth round of the South-American Touring Car Championship, today, at the Oscar Alfredo...
LARRAURI WINS AND IS NOW 20 POINTS AHEAD OF BEUNO 5 MANUFACTURERS ON THE TOP FIVE
Buenos Aires (04/10/98) - Argentina’s Oscar Larrauri (BMW 320i), won the ninth round of the South-American Touring Car Championship, today, at the Oscar Alfredo Galvez circuit, in this city. This fifth triumph of the season gives Larrauri a total of 118 points, 20 ahead of Brazilian Cacá Bueno, who finished fourth on his Peugeot 406. Oscar Fineschi (Toyota Corona) and Ernesto Bessone (Chrysler Stratus), joined Larrauri at the podium of a race abbreviated on lap 25, five before the original distance, due to an accident with Pablo Peón (Chrysler Stratus). Five different manufacturers - BMW, Toyota, Chrysler, Peugeot and Alfa Romeo -, were among the top five finishers in a event partially held under strong rain. Today’s race was also the last race of the season in Argentina as the remaining three round will take place in Brazil (2) and Uruguay.
The use of the Safety Car over the final four laps of the race - which ended on the time limit for the series, 45 minutes -, meant that Larrauri and Fineschi could take full advantage of their good starts. Both drivers where among the only five - alongside Ricardo Risatti (Ford Mondeo), Daniel Marrocchi (Honda Accord) and Anibal Zaniratto (Alfa Romeo 155), who opted to start on wet tyres. Zaniratto, in fact, achieved his best performance of the season, running third for most of the time but allowing for his team mate, Cocho Lopez (who is a major contender for the title), to overtake him, a decision that cost Zaniratto more than he aimed for. However, as Ingo Hoffmann did not finish, Lopez is now third in the points table.
Race result: 1.) Oscar Larrauri, Argentina, BMW 320i, 25 laps in 46'59"844, average speed of 109,082 k/h; 2.) Oscar Fineschi, Argentina, Toyota Corona, at 0"943; 3.) Ernesto Bessone, Argentina, Chrysler Stratus, at 1"464; 4.) Cacá Bueno, Brazil, Peugeot 406, at 2"662; 5.) Cocho Lopez, Argentina, Alfa Romeo 155 at 3”366; 6.) Juan Manuel Fangio II, Argentina, Peugeot 496, at 4"814; 7.) Anibal Zaniratto, Argentina, Alfa Romeo 155, at 6"241; 8.) Daniel Marrocchi, Argentina, Honda Accord, at 7"534; 9.) Ricardo Risatti, Argentina, Ford Mondeo, at 8"541; 10.) Miguel Angel Guerra, Argentina, at 9"198. Championship: 1.) Larrauri, 118 points; 2.) Bueno, 98; 3.) Lopez, 83; 4.) Fangio, 79; 5.) Hoffmann, 75; 6.) Bessone, 46; 7.) Guerra e Spataro, 40; 9.) Croceri, 34; 10.) Fineschi, 25.