“It’s an excellent news for national motorsport and for sports,” Francisco “Chaleco” López happily commented after finding out on Friday morning about Chile’s round of the World Rally Championship (WRC) confirmation for May 9, 10, 11 and 12, in Concepción, which corresponds to the sixth round of the 2019 Calendar.
Chile is country number 32 to host WRC and second in South America after Argentina, which will host on April 26, 27 and 28, two weeks before Chile. “It was a long work done by Felipe Horta Producciones, to get here. About four years of meetings and establishing contacts abroad, to reach this designation,” López, who has been an active member of RallyMobil for the last four years, explained.
“The main test that showed we were in a position to carry out a race for the World Championship was in April, in Concepción, during the phase called Candidate Event, which was run successfully,” the Peugeot Sport Chile/Copec Cooper Tires Team representative said.
The news, important for national automobile sports, was released in Paris, France, during the FIA World Council. A delegation headed by Felipe Horta and Copec executives was there.
“It shall be a motor feast in the Biobío Region, that will give plenty to talk about thanks to Horta Producciones, Copec, Mobil and Government management. Now we must work to make this a great event,” López concluded.
Chaleco López received the news in Santiago, where the last details are worked out for his next participation in RallyMobil Championship, in Río Bueno and La Unión, in Los Lagos Region, on October 19, 20 and 21. At the sixth round, he will be competing at the major category, R5, as he is 6th on the Driver’s Standings.