CPR: Armando Araujo wins the Castello Branco rally

CPR: Armando Araujo wins the Castello Branco rally

Armindo Araújo / Luís Ramalho (Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo) won the Castello Branco Rally and became the first ‘repeaters’ of the year, as they are the first pair to win for the second time this year.
The championship already makes them laugh a lot, and the result makes them laugh even more, giving CPR 2022 a good cushion of timely comfort for what is lacking in the three competitions, Madera, Alto Temega and Vidro.
The Racing Factory pair went to the front of the rally in the second special and never left.
On the first day, he got time from direct rivals, but the margin was never good, at the end of the day on Saturday against Bruno Magalhes / Carlos Magalhas (Hyundai i20 n Rally 2) 2.2 sec. The final was forced into the Super Special, which closed on the day of

Armando Araujo / Luis Ramalho (डाkoda Fabia Rally 2 Evo) won the Castello Branco Rally, becoming the first ‘repeater’ of the year. José Pedro Fontes / Inês Ponte (Citroën C3 Rally2) was just seconds after his best rally of the year and Miguel Correia / Jorge Carvalho (Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo) finished last on the podium, the prize for a good race.

Very hot inside and outside sections! The first race of the year on asphalt was very interesting, it was marked by very high temperatures, around 40º, the ‘temperature’ was also high due to the many struggles against the clock which gave this race a huge glow.
There was a lot of excitement at the Castello Branco rally, there was a lot of fighting in the front seats and not only for the victory but there were also some dramatic and unusual accidents between the front teams. Although Armando Araujo led from second to last, there was a lot of struggle between Jose Pedro Fontes and Bruno Magalhes. Both struggled to get close to the leader, but with a little ‘side’ and tuning holes, albeit a slow one, paved the way for Armindo Araujo, who competed at a very high level, giving his rich another chance to win. Pride
For Armindo Araújo / Luís Ramalho (Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo), the championship already makes them laugh a lot, and this result makes them laugh even more, allowing for a good time relaxing pillow for what is missing from CPR 2022, three events, Madeira, Alto Tâmega And Glass. The racing factory pair went to the front of the rally in the second phase and never left, but things were complicated.
On the 1st day, most direct opponents gained time, but the margin was never good, at the end of the day on Saturday, in front of Bruno Magalhes / Carlos Magalhas (Hyundai i20 N Rally 2) 2.2 sec. The final push in the Super Special, which closed on Saturday, when they crossed the 7.4s to 2.2s distance. But in the first special on Sunday morning, Magalhas lost 40 seconds with a puncture, and with that he went down several places and gave the victory to Armindo Araujo, who has since been limited to managing the difference against Jose Pedro. Source.
An almost perfect rally for the two in The Racing Factory, in which, as expected, there was a lot of struggle from the ‘opponents’, but those who always knew how to resist, never got their wheels out of place, took their ‘boat’. Good monkey. This victory has opened the door for him to win the title, but the truth is that there are still three races left and much could happen.
José Pedro Fontes / Inês Ponte (Citroën C3 Rally2) finished second at the Castello Branco Rally, his best rally this year. It is true that asphalt tests are more “on your way”, the Sports and You duo were the first leaders of the rally, but they did not arrive, because here and there a few seconds accumulated, no longer the last recovery. Day and they tried hard, because just like the first day, they also won the first Sunday Special. However, they did not have time to recover. This confirms what is already in doubt: on the tarmac they will fight for victory.
Another platform for Miguel Correa / George Carvalho (डाkoda Fabia Rally 2 Evo) for what they are achieving on the dirt roads, only then the results come naturally, the driver still has a two-way walk while on the tarmac. – with their main opponents. In this test, differences were already noticed. This year, Miguel Correa is already doing very well on the tarmac, and in this race, being close to the front, at the entrance to the last four stages, 6.7 seconds from Jose Pedro Fontes, shows the evolution of the pilot on the tarmac. Clearly close to the next fight.

Magellan deserves better
Bruno Magalhas / Carlos Magalhas (Hyundai i20 N Rally2) finished fourth, in a race that qualified more. Taking advantage of the soft mix of tires on their Hyundai, the day before, after filling the gap in front of the leaders from 7.4s to 2.2s, it was a shame that it was unfortunate on Sunday morning. But the rallies are just that, treacherous, and their fight ended when they lost 40 seconds on PE9. Anyway, that doesn’t diminish their performance, and we’re sure we’ll see them fight for the next race and most likely win. In Castello Branco, it was a shame that this battle did not end, because it would have been an epic …
Pedro Meireles / Pedro Alves also had a good race (Hyundai i20 N Rally2). The second-biggest fight with Miguel Correa as the “best of the others”, the fight they lost by a narrow margin. They went up and down in the fight for 5th place, the fight that became the podium on Sunday morning, but Miguel Correa was stronger. With his new Hyundai he had already shown good signs in dust tests and now on the tar he has shown that he is very good with the car. And that’s fine – this is going to be a lot of fun.
Ricardo Teodósio / José Teixeira (Hyundai i20 N Rally2) retired in the last phase, in an abusive way, one bad luck opened in rlai and the other closed. This is very unfortunate for one rally and very unfortunate for one season! On the PE1, the intercooler clamp was loosened before starting. The engine ran out of power and the loss of time was inevitable and any potentially good results remained there. After the victory in Rally de Portugal, it seemed that Malapat had already left the pair, but no. And the worst was yet to come. After that, they worked on the future, ran, experimented, learned, tested and it can now bear fruit in the next races. As if misfortune was not enough, they struck (very) hard on the last part. The Hyundai i20 N Rally2, which debuted at Rally de Portugal, was damaged.
Daniel Nunes / Nuno Mota Ribeiro (Ford Fiesta Rally 3) finished sixth after a lone race, as they had no one to fight directly. This was interesting because with the engine upgrade, the M-Sport car now gives the driver another pleasure.
Gill Antunes / Diogo Correa (Dacia Sandero R4) could have fought the men in the Yellow Fiesta better, but Dacia’s engine slowed down due to overheating problems, a problem that grew throughout the rally. Still, a good seventh place.
Ricardo Sousa / Luis Marquez (Peugeot 208 Rally 4) rides a comfortable bike (read more) One minute ahead
Ernesto Cunha / Rui Raymundo (Peugeot 208 Rally 4), who finished ninth overall.
Paulo Caldera / Ana Goncalves (Citroen C3 Rally 2) finished in the top 10 overall, a race in which the pair had to endure extreme heat. 40º in the shade, more than 60º inside the car.
For the rest of the church, it was a test of survival, because the heat affected everyone.
Ricardo Felipe / Fernando Almeida (Ford Fiesta R5) is accelerating, losing the first day of the race, returning and showing some good times.
Paulo Neto / Viter Hugo (Skoda Fabia Rally 2 Evo) withdrew in PE2, the ‘rear’ in which he lost the suspension, spin and returned the next day to win. Among those withdrawing, as we mentioned, were Ricardo Teodosio, but also Pedro Almeida / Mario Castro Mario (Skoda Fabia Rally 2 Evo), who came out strongly in PE6, leaving a very dirty area. They were fighting for fourth place. Sorry.
The CPR will continue in Madeira for about a month and a half, and what has been seen in Castello Branco will be a big fight for victory, it remains to be seen whether anyone in the CPR will be able to fight the Maderains in general. . Speaking of modernity, Bernardo Sousa should also be present, but this remains to be confirmed …

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