Baja Aragon 2021: Loeb leads Baja Aragon after 1st day

Baja Aragon 2021: Loeb leads Baja Aragon after 1st day

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The first day of the Baja España Aragón-Trofeo Avatel has shown us a fight to the second between the main favorites for the victory. With only one timed section in this first stage, the 180 kilometers have caused significant changes in the classification along the three intermediate timing points.

Terranova and Oliveras set the pace in the first 48 km, with a very high pace at the wheel of the BRX, 17" ahead of Krzysztof Holowczyc and Lukasz Kurzeja and 32" ahead of Nani Roma and Álex Haro. From less to more would be the start of the Baja España Aragón for Sebastien Loeb and his new co-driver Fabian Lurquin. At 57 seconds off the lead in the first 48 kilometers, the Frenchman found better feelings and pace to place second at km100 of the stage, just 5" behind the Polish Holowczyc, until that moment, due to steering problems in the BRX. The classification was once again in flux with Holowczyc, Loeb and Roma separated by just 40 seconds and with Al-Attiyah and Baumel raising the pace in the Toyota Hilux.

The last part of the stage would again cause changes, finally with the partial victory of Sebastien Loeb with a 1" gap over Al-Attiyah, who regained more than a minute from the Frenchman in just over 30 kilometers. The third position in the general standings at the end of the stage went to Mattias Ekstrom and Emil Bergkvist, 1'43" behind the leader. The first Spaniard in the standings was Nani Roma who will start tomorrow's second stage of the Baja España Aragón-Trofeo Avatel at 2.15" behind Loeb.

Sebastien Loeb 

"Good feelings, we had a small navigation error and a puncture, but the pace was good, I rode well and we arrived well at the end."

Nani Roma

"Happy and positive on the one hand and on the other hand we are still learning from the car. We had a puncture once and then from km 50 I started to have brake problems and I had to slow down the pace and at km 100 I ran out of brakes. It's a new car that we have to understand and see how we can better cool the braking, but seeing how everything went, I'm very happy. Tomorrow will be a day to survive.

Nasser Al-Attiyah

"It was a difficult day, everyone had problems with the tires but the important thing was to finish today. Tomorrow will be another day and we will try to fight to win the Baja Aragon".

In the Spanish TT-Avatel Rally Championship, Nani Roma and Álex Haro lead the provisional classification ahead of Tiago Reis and Valter Cardoso, 34" behind the Catalan's BRX. The third position is for Joao Ramos and Filipe Palmeiro.

Within the SVV, in the T3 category, Roberto and Herman Rodriguez achieved an important victory with 4'59'' ahead of Ronald Basso and Jean Pierre Garcin. British Catherine Munnings and French co-driver Francois Cazalet finished the first stage of the Baja España Aragón in third position, 5'00'' behind the leaders. In TR4, victory for Alexandre and Pedro Re with the Spaniard Gerard Farrés in second position with his co-driver Armand Monleón. 

Macik, the fastest in trucks

In the truck category, the great favorite for victory in this XXXVII edition of the Baja España Aragón-Trofeo Avatel, the Czech Martin Macik gave no room for surprise and set the pace in the 180 km special. Second place went to Maurik Van de Heuvel, 9'41'' behind the winner. 

In the Spanish TT-Avatel Rally Championship, Nani Roma and Álex Haro lead the provisional classification ahead of Tiago Reis and Valter Cardoso, 34" behind the Catalan's BRX. The third position is for Joao Ramos and Filipe Palmeiro. 

In the women's category, the Avatel Racing Team duo formed by Christine Giampaoli and Rosa Romero won this first stage, 17'19'' seconds ahead of Mercé Martí and Margot Llobera. The third position of the day went to Monica Plaza and David Nadal. In Open, Rubén Mañas and Pablo Izcue have started the Baja España 2021 with victory after beating Fabrice Rousseau and Jean-Francois Palissier by 4'32''. Third in this first special stage were Juan Manuel Agoiz and Nerea Clavero. 

The second day of competition, the longest of the Baja España Aragón, is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, with two special stages and 321 timed kilometers. All the information can be followed through www.bajaaragon.com and the Sportity app. 

 

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