On a historical day for Chilean sports and particularly motorsports, Alberto Heller and his co-driver José Díaz won the Australian trophy in WRC 2.
On the last leg, the youngest of the Heller Brothers kicked off the race with the calm the upper hand he had gotten on the two previous days gave him and he successfully sorted out all sections of a rainy Sunday.
The official WRC website said about the last Rally Australia day: “The Chilean started the final leg with a lead of more than 19 minutes after his chief rivals hit trouble on Saturday. That advantage proved useful for the Ford Fiesta R5 driver as heavy rain turned the morning’s first two stages into a mud bath. Gianluca Linari finished second, the Subaru Impreza driver focused on a clean run through the stages to register a career best result in WRC 2. Armin Kremer failed to finish for the second day in a row. The German restarted under Rally 2 rules after retiring his Skoda Fabia with a damaged cooling system on Saturday afternoon, but further mechanical issues led to him retiring at mid-leg service. Pedro Heller also retired from the final day. The Fiesta driver crashed out on Sunday’s second test, one of many drivers caught out by the slippery conditions in the Sapphire 1 stage.”
Both crews are now heading back to Chile to participate in RallyMobil’s Pichilemu trophy. Both of them have chances of becoming our first R5 champion.
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