Salta race report

Like he did in the first race of the year six months ago, J.M. Silva (Honda Civic / HRA) won in Salta his race number twelve in T.C.2000. Also like in that race of march, Martínez (Toyota Corolla / TTA) finished second and Tuero (Honda Civic /...

Like he did in the first race of the year six months ago, J.M. Silva (Honda Civic / HRA) won in Salta his race number twelve in T.C.2000. Also like in that race of march, Martínez (Toyota Corolla / TTA) finished second and Tuero (Honda Civic / HRA) completed the podium finishing in third place.

Lot of bads results passed before Silva could be again in the highest position after a race of T.C.2000. The Honda Racing Argentina team was really competitive during all the weekend with his three drivers. On saturday Silva qualified second behind his teammate Ortelli. The ´99 champion won his series followed by Martínez and Yannantoni (Honda Civic / Pro Racing). In the final race Silva was second until the seventh lap when the leader Ortelli went out of the track without brakes in his Honda. Another frustation for him. With this unexpected situation Silva took the leadership and never leaved it until the chequered flag. This is the victory the second victory for him this year.

Like in almost all the races this year a Toyota finished in the podium. This time the good result was for Omar Martínez. He took the third place in the start, but a touch between him and Vuyovivh (Honda Civic / AHR) made the local hero (Vuyovich) to quit the race and Martínez to loose the third position in hands of Yannantuoni. Martínez tried in all the race to pass the Honda driver but it was impossible until the last two laps when Yannantuoni, who was doing his best job in T.C. 2000 quit the competition with problems in the front right tyre of his car. Finally the TTA driver finished second for the third time this season. The victory is soon for him. Eight years ago Martínez won in this circuit his first race in T.C.2000

The third final position of Esteban Tuero completed the great weekend of the HRA.

Tuero made a good race, without exige to much his tyres to be in conditions to fight in the final laps. Th ex F1 driver started from the fifth place of the grid and he only passed cars with the retirement of his teammate Ortelli and Yannantuoni. Tuero still has the hope of fight the championship until the end.

It`s unbelievable the bad luck of Ortelli in T.C.2000. The man dominates with the Chevrolet in T.C., but here he still can`t put the Honda in the highest of the podium. Ortelli won the pole position four times in the last five races, but the problems appears on sunday. This time were the brakes when he was leading the competition. No doubt that Ortelli is the big candidate to win the next race in San Juan.

Fantastic job made Yannantuoni this weekend. He started sixth the final race and after ten laps he was second trying to pass the leader Silva, but unfortunately a tyre explote when it rest just two laps of race. This could be the best result for him, a pity. But if he keep running like today he will has another big chance very soon.

It wasn`t a good day for the drivers that are fighting the championship. Bugliotti (Honda Civic / Pro Racing) had an engine problem during the series and he started from the last position the final race. The winner of the last race could`t take any point from Salta.

Furlán (Mitsubishi / GF Motorsport), second in the championship until this race couldn`t also complete a good weekend. He finished behind in the positions without score a point.

The leader, Fontana started third his series but a jump start made him start the final race nineteen. After the competition, Fontana finished eightth and took three importants points for the championsip. Now Toyota has his two drivers in the first two positions of the tournament. Fontrana leads with 75 followed by Martínez with 65.

Next race will be in September 1st. in San Juan.

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Series General
Drivers Esteban Tuero , Omar Martinez