As the end of the year approaches, championships are reaching their climax, one after the other. This time it’s turn of CERTT, the Spanish Cross-Country Rally Championship, that is expecting a very exciting in Cuenca, since the teams arrive to the final round with four crews having the mathematical possibility to take the title, including the champion of the past three years, Ruben Gracia.
In terms of points, the official SsangYong Tivoli of the crew Oscar Fuertes – Victor Ferrero and the Toyota Hilux of Antonio Fortuny and Guifre Pujol are the ones most likely to take the crown. But they have to be aware of the triple champions, Rubén Gracia and Diego Vallejo, who are only a few points away with the Ford Ranger and are ready to fight for their fourth title. A little further away, the Mitsubishi Montero of Gerard Subirats and Daniel Cámara will be looking for the opportunity, and if their rivals have any problems they will be ready to make use of those. And at the end of the weekend, one of these four teams will be crowned as Champion.
But not only the title contenders will count for the attention of the spectators, Nani Roma and Alex Haro will also take part in the race in their official X-Raid Mini, and we also have to mention the Toyota Hilux of Luis Recuenco and Manuel Navarro. Both are very competitive teams with serious chance of victory, so they can cause a nice stir in the fight for the title. With almost all the categories already decided, only the winner among the lightweight buggies remains as question, with the Polaris of José Luis Peña – Juan José Martínez and the Yamaha of Pedro Delgado – Laura Díaz fighting for the final victory. Also pending is the regularity category where up to three drivers (Juan López, Gabriel Ubago and Sergio Moreno) have chance to take the title.
The race, will have the Paleontological Museum of Cuenca as Headquarters, where the verifications are held on Friday and the 6 km prologue, that will decide the starting order of the race, will also take place nearby. On Saturday, the competitors have to complete two rounds on a track of more than 200 kilometres, on Sunday, the race ends with one run on the same track in the opposite direction, thus completing a demanding weekend with more than 600 kilometres against the clock.
Translation and adaptation : Rally-Raid Netwokr
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