2022 Baja Dehesa Extremadura: Mónica Plaza, 2nd in T2 in the rally Baja TT Dehesa Extremadura with Avatel

2022 Baja Dehesa Extremadura: Mónica Plaza, 2nd in T2 in the rally Baja TT Dehesa Extremadura with Avatel

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 Willy Villanueva finishes 5th in T1N with a comeback after having broken the steering in the first day of the rally.

Mónica Plaza and her co-driver David Nadal have climbed the podium in the first race of the Spanish All-Terrain Rally Championship Avatel, with a second place in the T2 category. Willy Villanueva and Borja Aguado finished fifth in the T1N, with a full-fledged comeback after the gearbox broke on the morning of the first day of the rally.
The fifth operator of telecommunications in Spain and leader in rural areas, thus achieves his first trophy in this National Rally Championship. Plaza has been very satisfied with this start, in which she has faced a tough 'baja', with areas of rough roads that made driving difficult for the largest and heaviest car of the competition, a lot of dust and broken terrain, as well as other very fast. A track with which the pilot has demonstrated its capabilities. In this sense, she pointed out that "it has been a very clean race, in which we have not had any problems. The narrow passages have been a bit more complicated, but the car has been perfect, the navigation with David has been impeccable and everything has gone great". Among the best things of this rally he has highlighted the reunion with the fans, who have come to every corner of the road and also to the assistance park. "It's always very exciting to turn a corner and find entire families or gatherings of friends who have come to see us and enjoy the rally, they transmit a lot of energy".

For his part, David Nadal said they are "very happy to start the championship as we finished it, in podium positions. It was a tough test, it was hard to get into the rhythm, but in the end we got the car to the finish line intact and climbing. The experience gained last year is noticeable and we can only continue to improve.

As for Villanueva, he highlighted the enjoyment of the second day, with a "fast and slippery track that suited my driving style". A broken gearbox in the morning of the first day prevented him from joining the rally in the afternoon, as the FIA regulations applied. This, in addition, penalized him to fight for the absolute positions, making Villanueva and his co-driver Borja Aguado start Sunday among the last cars of the race. In spite of everything, the Avatel driver overtook a dozen vehicles, positioned himself in the top ten and finished fifth in his category.

Both drivers thanked the work of Miracar's technical team, which has revised the cars so that on the second day of racing they could give their best. Pablo Cantó and his co-driver Jorge Gómez have not been able to attend the Baja Extremadura. They will compete with the rest of the Avatel team in the Baja Lorca Ciudad del Sol.

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Source: Avatel
Information:  Automatic translation from the original Spanish Version
Photos: Rally-Raid Network / Imagensdesportivas.com

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