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With his mind set on the Dakar, which starts on Jnuary 6, in Lima, Peru, driver Francisco “Chaleco” López ended his participation in RallyMobil Championship this year, coming fifth at the final round in Carén Lagoon Motor Park and sixth at the championship standings.

It was a tough start for the Peugeot Sport Chile/Coper Cooper Tires Team representative, at the season’s closure, on Pudahuel’s 1,300 meter race track. During practice, he had technical issues that he solved at qualifiers, until he came to quarter-finals an hence in fifth in the Motorshow.

“I wasn’t that much precise in Carén’s circuit. I could never get used to the floor, but got the fifth place that gave me enough points to finish sixth on the championship. I’m leaving happy to be among the six best in an adaptation year at rally’s most powerful category,” Chaleco pointed out. He was R2 champion in 2017 and then jumped to R5 together with his co-driver Nicolás Levalle. 

The R5 title was finally clinched by Pedro Heller (129 points), who beat his brother Alberto by only one point. Jorge Martínez placed third (118), Argentinian Alejandro Cancio fourth (106), Benajmín Israel fifth (62) and Francisco López sixth (57).

Chaleco described the season 2018 as a very positive one, considering it was his first year in R5, that his second child will be born in February, that he’s back in Dakar, and the second place he achieved in Curicó.