Season opener at General Roca, Ric Negro

Finally the T.C. 2000 started a new season, their twenty-third. In spite of the absence of Peugeot, Volkswagen and Chrysler because of the crisis in Argentina, the category started a very difficult year strong. It still has the presence of Ford,...

Finally the T.C. 2000 started a new season, their twenty-third. In spite of the absence of Peugeot, Volkswagen and Chrysler because of the crisis in Argentina, the category started a very difficult year strong. It still has the presence of Ford, Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Alfa Romeo, Mitsubishi, and Chevrolet.

For this year Ford leaves the Ford Escort and starts with Ford Focus, also this was the first appearance of the new Chevrolet Astra replacing the old Chevrolet Vectra.

On Saturday Gabriel Furlán (Mitsubishi) made the fastest lap, followed by Martínez with an Honda Civic of the Pro Racing team and Silva in third with an Honda Civic of the HRA team. After the qualifying session the 21 cars were in 1s5.

On Sunday the activity started with the first series won by Furlán (Mitsubishi Lancer), followed by Silva (Honda Civic), Ortelli (Honda Civic), Tuero (Honda Civic), Traverso (Toyota Corolla), etc...

In the second series, Walter Hernández (Ford Focus) dominated, followed by Martínez (Honda Civic), Crespi (Chevrolet Astra), Fontana (Toyota Corolla), Fineschi (Honda Civic), Iglesias (Mitsubishi Lancer), etc.

In this series the champion of 2001, Gabriel Ponce de León (Ford Focus) abandoned the race with engine problems.

For the final race Hernández stared in first place followed by Furlán, Silva, Martínez, Ortelli, etc.

The key of the race was not to punish the tyres, this is a very abrasive circuit.

The duration of the race was 50 laps or 60 minutes.

In the first 10 laps there were lead changes with Hernández, Furlán, Silva and Martínez taking turns in the first places.

In lap 11 the ex-F1 Norberto Fontana quit the race with brake problems on his Toyota.

A few laps later because of the same problem, J.M. López (Alfa Romeo 146) hit Leandro Iglesias (Mitsubishi); both left the race.

Furlán obtain, after 16 laps pass Hernández, Silva and Martínez take advantage of this and pass Hernández too.

In lap 23 because of a problem in the Alfa Romeo of Osvaldo López leaves oil on the track. In the confusion Silva and Martínez pass Furlán in the fight for the first place.

After 35 laps Silva was leading followed by Martínez, Furlán, Hernández, Fineschi, Traverso, etc.

Crespi was the first to change tyres because of the wear, he was followed in this by Tuero.

The fight between Silva and Martínez for the place was really intense.

The race finished after one hour and 49 laps.

Silva, who won two weeks ago in T.C. gave to the Honda Racing Argentina the first victory of the year.

This weekend was the race number 300 of Traverso, he finished in 7.

Also was the number 200 of Cingolani (Honda Civic). The champion of 2000 had a very difficult race today and finished in 10

The actual champion Ponce de León started 20 and finished in 3rd. position!

It was a great debut for the Focus with the 3rd and 4rd. place final.

Thust was the first of the 14 races of this year, a year that has a lot of candidates for the title, we will see what happen next....... <pre> Results 1ra Serie Pos. Auto Piloto Marca Vtas. Tiempo Diferencia 1 11 FURLAN M. LANCER 6 7;07,082 2 5 SILVA H. CIVIC 6 1.908 3 6 ORTELLI H. CIVIC 6 5.783 4 29 TUERO H. CIVIC 6 7.815 5 10 TRAVERSO T. COROLLA 6 10.679 6 21 YANNANTUONI H. CIVIC 6 14.651 7 7 BUGLIOTTI H. CIVIC 6 14.888 8 35 CRESPO F. ESCORT 6 16.734 9 37 MOREIRO F. ESCORT 6 39.970 10 19 LORCA F. ESCORT 2

2da Serie Pos. Auto Piloto Marca Vtas. Tiempo Diferencia 1 2 HERNANDEZ F. FOCUS 6 7;09,055 2 31 MARTINEZ H. CIVIC 6 1.425 3 22 CRESPI L. CH. ASTRA 6 8.893 4 9 FONTANA T. COROLLA 6 10.838 5 32 FINESCHI H. CIVIC 6 10.941 6 12 IGLESIAS L. M. LANCER 6 11.188 7 8 ZANIRATTO H. CIVIC 6 11.486 8 24 COCHO LOPEZ A. ROMEO 146 6 12.116 9 25 LOPEZ J.M. A. ROMEO 146 6 22.550 10 1 PONCE DE LEON F. FOCUS 1

Final Pos. Auto Piloto Marca Vtas. Tiempo Diferencia 1 5 SILVA H. CIVIC 49 1:01;14,163 2 31 MARTINEZ H. CIVIC 49 0,273 3 1 PONCE DE LEON F. FOCUS 49 26.576 4 2 HERNANDEZ F. FOCUS 49 33.839 5 22 CRESPI L. CH. ASTRA 49 38.156 6 32 FINESCHI H. CIVIC 49 38.359 7 10 TRAVERSO T. COROLLA 49 49.946 8 11 FURLAN M. LANCER 49 50.698 9 37 MOREIRO F. ESCORT 49 58.710 10 20 CINGOLANI H. CIVIC 49 1;07,405 11 19 LORCA F. ESCORT 49 1;14,139 12 7 BUGLIOTTI H. CIVIC 48 13 29 TUERO H. CIVIC 48 14 35 CRESPO F. ESCORT 48 15 6 ORTELLI H. CIVIC 38 16 8 ZANIRATTO H. CIVIC 33 17 24 COCHO LOPEZ A. ROMEO 146 22 18 25 LOPEZ J.M. A. ROMEO 146 16 19 9 FONTANA T. COROLLA 11 20 12 IGLESIAS L. M. LANCER 9 21 21 YANNANTUONI H. CIVIC 8

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Drivers Norberto Fontana , Gabriel Ponce de Leon