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SARR 2024: Bruno Varela/Ênio Bozzano Júnior are runners-up in Argentina
With four podiums in eight special stages, the duo from the Can-Am Monster Energy team celebrate their debut in Argentina's biggest off-road race
The weekend marked the end of the fifth edition of the SARR - South American Rally Race, Argentina's main off-road event, which uses sections of the Dakar Rally when the iconic event was held in South America between 2009 and 2018. The eight-day race began on February 1st and ended 3,352km later. In the largest category of the competition, the UTV, with 32 entries, Brazil won the runner-up spot with the duo Bruno Varela/Ênio Bozzano Júnior, from the Can-Am Monster Energy team.
This was Brazil's second consecutive strong showing in the overall standings of the South American Rally Race: in 2023, the title was won by Bruno's brother, Rodrigo Varela, in partnership with navigator Lourival Roldan. Another positive point was Gabriel Varela and Roldan's victory on the last day of the 2024 competition, bringing Brazil's foray into Argentine off-road racing to a close with a golden key.
Good debut - New to the competition, Bruno Varela faced problems during the race, even falling outside the top three in the cumulative standings. But, supported by Bozzano Júnior's good navigation work, the driver managed to recover impressively in the last special stages.
"As a rookie with no experience in dunes, I had to pay the price for learning. Our problems came from our own mistakes, the car was impeccable. We managed to complete the race, we tried to catch up with the leaders, but we couldn't do it. In any case, we won important points for the South American Championship. And now we're going to focus on the Brazilian Championship and the Sertões Series," explained Bruno. The title of the UTV category in the SARR was won by the Argentinian duo Jeremías Ferioli and Gonzalo Rinaldi.
Thanks to the team - Also a first-timer, Gabriel Varela won the last special, finishing first on the stretch between Aimogasta and Catamarca. The second position was also Brazilian, with Pedro Mac Dowell and Daniel Spolidorio. "I dedicate this victory to the team. They were perfect. Thank you for your dedication and hard work over these almost ten very intense days of rallying," he said.
Brazil also did well in the Cars category, with victory for Brazilian duo Sylvio de Barros and navigator Ramon Sacilotti, who competed in a Toyota GR Hilux DKR T1+ prepared by the R.Mattheis Stock Car team. Among the motorcycles, Marcos Antonio Pereira (KTM 450) was runner-up in the SARR, behind the current Latin American champion and runner-up in the Sertões 2023, Argentinian Martin Duplessis (Honda Racing Brasil). In all, 39 Brazilian competitors took part in the South American Rally Race.
Automatic translation of the Brazilian Portuguese version