General Roca race report

Back to back victory for Silva at General Roca Raceway. General Roca, March 23, 2003. - Juan Manuel Silva (Honda Civic) won from the start the second race in the Argentinian Touring Car Championship today at the tight and twisted General Roca ...

Back to back victory for Silva at General Roca Raceway.

General Roca, March 23, 2003. - Juan Manuel Silva (Honda Civic) won from the start the second race in the Argentinian Touring Car Championship today at the tight and twisted General Roca Raceway, in southern Argentina. His team mate Guillermo Ortelli and champion Norberto Fontana visited the podium in front of a crowd of 12000.

Silva was the defending champion of the event and succeed in winning again. He was fastest at qualifying yesterday and won his short race early in the morning, as Ortelli won the other one, conforming an "all Honda Racing" front row for the final race, expected to 50 laps, but shortened to 46 because the one hour limit racing was reached due to two safety cars periods.

The Honda Civic set up was excellent and both japanese cars lead all the race without being concerned, but the fan cheers were for Fontana, who started from inside row 6 and managed to pass eight cars in the first nine laps, with a ballast of 95 kg.. Then he began to follow Ortelli's Honda, but at the same time had to fight with Gabriel Ponce de Leon's Ford Focus who intended during many laps to take the third place.

Walter Hernandez took the Ford Focus for it's second 4th. place in 2003 and could reach the third place in overall championship positions. Omar Martinez scored his first points in the season as Martin Basso, who finished in 9th. place for the Honda winner team.

Next round will be held on April 6th., again at the country's south land, but near the Atlantic Ocean at Trelew Raceway, 950 miles south Buenos Aires.

Championship positions: 1. Fontana 32, 2. Silva 26, 3. Hernandez 20, 4. Ponce de Leon 19, 5. Ortelli 15

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Series General
Drivers Martin Basso , Juan Manuel Silva , Guillermo Ortelli