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The RallyMobil’s Frutillar Prize began its activities this morning with a press conference at the Teatro del Lago, which was headed by the following main authorities: The Mayor of Frutillar, Claus Lindemann; the Los Lagos Regional Secretariat of the Economics, Development and Tourism Ministry (Seremi) Francisco Muñoz, the Head of the Llanquihue provincial Public Security Council, Pablo Klacic, who attended in representation of the Llanquihue Governor Leticia Oyarce, and the Rally Mobil’s Senior Producer Felipe Horta. Together, they indicated the main characteristics of this event, which stands out for being one of the longest rounds of the season with special stages that go through a total of 169.64 kilometers of this tourist location.

“It’s very important to be able to be hosting this now international event. We have last’s year experience and everyone was really satisfied, specially the local commerce and tourism. It is fundamental for us in wanting to be a part of this for the next years to come that you have chosen us, and we are hoping to always be taken into account. We enormously appreciate what this sports event means for Frutillar’s future forecast”, said Claus Lindemann.

Francisco Muñoz pointed out: “We are particularly committed, because of the importance it gives to tourism, since we have the region’s 11% of the gross domestic product and give more than 14 thousand employments, and this kind of sports events fits perfectly in what we want to do as a government in the Los Lagos Region. We are, no doubt, a world class destiny and this visit produces a highly relevant consumption for the local economy.”

And Senior Producer Felipe Horta explained his vision: “By talking about the world championship, we refer to an 18 year old championship’s consecration, where we’ve progressively worked in order to bring this world event to our country, and we are hopeful about being able to win this process and have the chance to claim a World Rally Championship for the years 2019, 2020 and 2021. If you think about the future and go back to the WRC’s history, you could think about coming to this part of the planet and over a world championship. At a place like this, it’s no madness, and it’s a real chance.”

 

The Competition

The competition seems to be a tough one, for it has long special stages, such as the one between Dos Patos and Trompetilla, with a 23 km extent. It will test crews and machines on a high- adrenaline weekend.
Tighter is the R3 category. Emilio Rosselot (Citroën DS3) is heading with 46 points, while Ramón Ibarra (Renault Clio) follows him with 36 points after a brilliant performance in Los Ángeles. Pretty close is Samuel Israel (Citroën DS3) with 31 points.
Martín Scuncio (Peugeot 208) leads the R2 class scoring 44 points; Marcelo Vildósola (Peugeot 208) follows with 27 points, while Nicolás Pérez (Peugeot 208) is at the third place adding up 21 points.