10/04/2021 at 5:33 PM CEST
Three stages, 1,000 kilometers and 23 regularity sections later, the vehicle from number 1 arrived in Palamós after midnight as the new winner of the XVIII Rally Costa Brava Històric. The duo Carles Fortuny / Carles Jiménez (Lancia Beta Coupé) continues to break records in this event, adding his fourth victory, the third in a row.
After a large part of the rally with minimal differences between the participants, the Saturday night section ended up deciding the result with some leaders who, section by section, stood out from their immediate pursuers. 10.8 penalty points separated the winners from the second classified, Juan Pedro García / Sergi Giralt (Autobianchi A112 Abarth), completing the podium the experienced Carles Miró / Ivan Matavacas (Porsche 911 SC). The high competitiveness of the Regularity is confirmed by the fact that 15 different winners divided the 23 sections of which the test consisted.
Finally, the accumulation of stages and kilometers did not pass in vain for the participants, completing the test in its different categories about fifty vehicles, between cars and motorcycles. Precisely in the two-wheeler category, victory ended up in the hands of Jordi Martí / Xavier Tibau (BMW R80 GS), proving to be one of the couples with more experience in this test.
Carles Fortuny / Carles Jiménez (Lancia Beta Coupé), winners: “For another year, equality has been maximum in the first positions and we are very satisfied to have achieved the victory. Now we have to think about the next edition, in which we will surely be here again, but perhaps with surprises & rdquor ;.
Juan Pedro García / Sergi Giralt (Autobianchi A112 Abarth) second classified: “We are very happy to be on the podium, the car has worked perfectly and we have got on well. We will return next year, without a doubt, our goal is to win the Rally Costa Brava Històric together and we will return with more enthusiasm & rdquor ;.
Carles Miró / Ivan Matavacas (Porsche 911 SC), third classified: “in this discipline it is as important to do well and follow the average as well as to be lucky, and we haven’t had it this time, just when we were leaders. The most important thing is that we have been competitive for another year. We will be back & rdquor ;.
During the awards ceremony, the trophies were awarded to the different categories:
Papi Babler Trophy for the best-ranked driver-co-driver duo of 110 years or more, for Carles Miró / Ivan Matavacas (Porsche 911 SC) Gentlemen Classic Trophy Trophy for the best-ranked team using classic or mechanical measurement systems, for Franz Foelling / Ekkerhard Sieg (Mitsubishi Lancer GSR). Teams Trophy, which counts the three best classified of each team, for the Terra Negra Team. Parents & Children Trophy for Jordi Costa / Miquel Costa (BMW 325I). Rally & Party Trophy for teams that do not They carry out the night sections of the rally, for Xavier Cazabon / Enrique Blas (Alpine A110 1600S). Aigua de Vilajuïga Trophy for the team with the most penalty zeros in a stage, for Carles Miró / Ivan Matavacas (Porsche 911 SC). Female Trophy for Amy Lerner / Sara Bossaert (Volkswagen Golf GTI) G-Class: Jean Reboisson / Raphael Chovet (Volvo Amazon) H-Class: Mark Godfrey / Sue Godfrey (Ford Escort MKII) I-Class: Carles Fortuny / Carles Jiménez (Lancia Beta Coupé ) Class J1: Juan Pedro García / Sergi Giralt (Autobianchi A112 Abarth) Class J2: David Garrigolas / Silvia March (Volkswagen Golf GTI) Class K: Jordi Costa / Miquel Costa (BMW 325I)
Nearly eighty classics, between cars and motorcycles, have faced one of the best Regularity rallies in Europe, following speed averages always adapted to the limits of the road, with a maximum of 50 km / h. The best classifieds of the rally will be able to participate in the FIA Trophy for Historic Regularity Rallies, the European final of this discipline, which this year will host the Poland Historic Rally.
Alex Romani, President of RallyClassics, explain what “This edition has shown us once again the very high level we have at home in terms of regularity. It has been exciting to see that so many different teams have been able to win at least one stage of the rally, and that after two stages and 600 kilometers, the differences were less than a second between the first three. Now we have to start thinking about the XIX Rally Costa Brava Històric, which already has confirmed dates. We will return to Palamós from October 27 to 30, in a test that is a candidate to host the Final of the FIA Trophy in 2022. & rdquor;