Chaleco López (Can Am) achieved an outright triumph during the Atacama Rally in La Serena, at the third round of the Cross Country Rally National Championship, together with his co-driver Álvaro León, after being awarded the three legs of the tough race that went across 750 kilometers in the Coquimbo Region desert.
The Copec-Cooper Tires driver registered a total time of 11 hours, 1 minute and 6 seconds at the full route, outstripping Ignacio Casale by 48 minutes 21 seconds and Hernán Garcés by 1 hour 37 seconds.
“It’s a positive result that leaves me satisfied with the pace gained during the three days thanks to what I do at RallyMobil, because this is a highly demanding competition, which has helped me to stay focused and made the Cam Am less difficult to me,” a calm Francisco López explained after surpassing Gerardo Rosselot on the third day by 25 seconds.
The race displayed complex roads, with trails of rocks and stones, gorges and dry river beds that forced the drivers to be careful to avoid making mistakes.
“To be constantly training and racing at RallyMobil and to be acquainted with the desert was central to that round. Now, on the two months left, I’ll compete in Pichilemu (RallyMobil) and at the end of November I’ll get to Copiapó to test the new Can Am, with which I’ll compete in Dakar 2019 in Peru,” concluded Chaleco López, who battled against a bad flu during the whole race.
About the new Can Am he’s receiving over the next few weeks, López said it’s a much more reinforced machine, with a better suspension, a better fuel tanks distribution, all more reliable features for the Dakar in Peru.