Francisco “Chaleco” López fulfilled an outstanding second place in his Peugeot 208 at the RallyMobil Championship fifth round, in Curicó. He moved forward to the sixth place of the R5 drivers standings after the recent race, won by Argentinian Alejandro Cancio.
At a complicated competition made by 172 km of special stages, the local from Teno, Curicó, managed to keep up and bear the pressure since the first stage at one of the most intense rallies of the season, which left more than a third of the cars out.
Victory was taken by Cancio with 1:48:38:6, followed by López, who was 1 minute 34 seconds and 9 tenths away, and Luis Ignacio Rosselot, 4’06″2 away.
“Ever since I entered the category I’ve been working to reach the top and I’ve achieved it in my land. I didn’t expect to get there so soon, since R5 is a very demanding and powerful category, but we made it together with my co-driver Nicolás Levalle, because he did a very good job,” said the happy representative of Peugeot Sport Chile/Copec Cooper Tires Team.
Even though he arrived second at the end of the first day, Chaleco López did not have an easy Sunday. After the day began, he and his co-driver got a flat tire and had to do all they could and be quick in replacing the tire so as to not loose any positions.
“Ufff, it was a really intense day, but we kept the distance from our trailers and from the second place. We did a strategic and intelligent race, which allowed us to advance on the drivers standings from seventh to sixth place, in a year that hasn’t been steady,” Francisco López commented, sorrounded by his local fans.
After receiving the trophy and the affection from the crowd at the area of Altos de Zapallar de Curicó, López referred to the next round, to be disputed on October 19, 20 and 21, in Río Bueno, Los Lagos Region: “It will be a tough round, like Curicó, because we will drive through a gravel road, compact and fast. Nico Levalle and I hope to keep pace with what we did here so we continue to move forward at the standings.” The driver has 41 points, against 91 that the experienced Pedro Heller has added up, still being the absolute leader.