After 18 years, Alejandro Cancio won’t be racing at Argentinian rally anymore. According to the driver from Neuquén, his retirement is due to the economic situation in his country and the lack of results throughout such a long period in rally there. Yet, he will continue to participate in RallyMobil Championship and he owes this to the success he can actually still get and the financial backing.“
“Numbers didn’t help me at all. I got only a few titles in so many years. Besides, most of the competitions over the past 15 years were won by the teams’ owners,” said Cancio to Río Negro Newspaper. “I still enjoy driving, but now I’ve got new challenges for the final part of my sports campaign.”
It’s worth recalling that Cancio debuted at season 2000 in the Argentinian Rally. Since then, he competed continiously. The 42 year old driver clinched title 2005 in N4 Lite and he was runner-up in N4 three years later, following Federico Villagra. Also, Alejandro came second in Championships 2000 and 2001 in N3. During his extensive career within the Argentinian Rally, his main structure was Tango Rally Team.
While being part of this team, he disputed the recent season in a Chevrolet Agile Maxi Rally Turbo. Alejandro Cancio placed third in the championship, after Federico Villagra, Gerónimo Padilla and Nicolás Díaz.
During that year, he won the iconic “Vuelta a la Manzana” in General Roca and “Rally del Petróleo y los Dinosaurios” at Plaza Huincul, where he celebrated with his public. Furthermore, he achieved four podiums in Villa Carlos Paz, La Rioja, Catamarca and Concepción del Uruguay. “I won several times in my city, which was awesome. So was victory in “La Manzana”, which was a score that I was able to settle. It was one of the best things that ever happened to me,” said Cancio.
For now, Alejandro is focused on continuing his sport campaign in Chile. The trans-Andean debuted in our competition in 2017, in a Citroën DS3 R3T. After a year of learning, the driver made a leap to R5 to compete in a Skoda Fabia. His debut was more than positive, since he obtained a victory and three podium standings, which allowed Cancio to fight for the title till the end.“
“Rally in Chile holds much future. The organizers make significant investments and also have great support,” declared Cancio, who battled for the title in R5 against Chilean Pedro Heller, who was crowned champion at the Motroshow.
Let us remember that CB Tech Rally Team will sign up three Skoda Fabia R5 in 2019 and will have Alejandro Cancio among its drivers. The second car will continue to belong to Cristóbal Vidaurre, while the third will be drived by Jorge Martínez, the new member of the team for next season. The Chilean, called “Niño Maravilla” (Wonder Kid), has left the Joker Rally Team’s Peugeot 208 T16 and will drive the Skoda that arrives in February in our country, from Czech Republic.