Marco di Palma wins in La Plata

La Plata, Buenos Aires (April 7, 2002) The Turismo Carretera (T.C.) presented its third race of the season in La Plata. No doubt the T.C. is the most popular series in Argentina and Marcos Di Palma is an idol for the people. He has not won many ...

La Plata, Buenos Aires (April 7, 2002) The Turismo Carretera (T.C.) presented its third race of the season in La Plata. No doubt the T.C. is the most popular series in Argentina and Marcos Di Palma is an idol for the people. He has not won many races or championships, but he runs for the fans, and they like it. The Chevrolet fans like him, but he is not much loved by the Ford fans. The fact that his father, L. R. Di Palma, was one of the best and popular drivers of Argentina helped ``Marquitos`` to be what he is today.

Diego Aventín (Ford) took the pole position, the first since he joined the T.C., behind were Etchegaray (Ford) Balzano (Chevrolet), Bessone (Dodge), etc.

On Sunday it was cloudy like all the weekend but fortunately the rain did not appear.

The first series was won by the champion Guillermo Ortelli (Chevrolet). He passed Aventín and Martínez in the same curve with a fantastic maneuver. Bessone was leading but he was surprised by the conditions of the track and finished in the grass with his aspirations for the final race.

For the second series Etchegaray started in first place followed by Ledesma (Chevrolet), Catalán Magni (Ford), Silva (Ford), etc. In the start Ledesma took the first place and dominated the series. Etchegaray finished second and then Catalán Magni, Iglesias (Ford), Traverso (Chevrolet), etc.

The second series had the presence of Marcos Di Palma who appears like the big candidate for the win, finally that was what happen. It was not easy for him. In the start he passed Javier Balzano (Chevrolet), after a couple of laps Balzano took the lead back. In the last lap of the series, Balzano made a mistake and ``Marquitos`` tried to passed him, but contact between both made Balzano quit the series and Di Palma win it.

After the three series it was almost sure that Chevrolet would win but the question was who of the ``Chivos boys``

Marcos Di Palma start in first, he was followed by Ledesma (Chevrolet), Ortelli (Chevrolet), Etchegaray (Ford) Henry Martin (Ford), etc.

Marcos Di Palma keeps the first place with a little difference with the rest.

In the fight for the second place Etchegaray passed Ledesma, after he try to pass Di Palma but the Chevrolet was too quickly for the men of Ford.

It was a tranquil race with not much interesting situations.

In lap 19 Walter Hernández (Ford) quit the race with mechanical problems, also one lap later Traverso (Chevrolet) and Bessone (Dodge), who was making an excellent race after start in las position, quit with mechanical problems too.

Last win for Marcos Di Palma was a year ago at this same track.

After this race Diego Aventín is the new leader in the championship.

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