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Jorge Barrio clinched the first pole of the Toyota Corolla in TCR in Buenos Aires

Jorge Barrio clinched the first pole of the Toyota Corolla in TCR in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, September 17, 2022 – Argentinean Jorge Barrio repeated his performance from Friday and once again won the fastest time at TCR South America. In Q1 he set the second record and in Q2, where only the best twelve are, the Corolla led the table, beating his compatriot Juan Ángel Rosso by only 0.134 s.

With this result, Rosso, who was the best in Q1, was able to close the gap with his compatriot Fabricio Pezzini in the fight for the championship that will be defined in San Juan Villicum.

In third place was the Uruguayan Santiago Urrutia with the Lynk & Co #96, standing 0.648 behind the Barrio mark. His teammate the Argentine Manuel Sapag finished fourth and the Uruguayan Juan Manuel Casella completed the top 5 aboard the #60 Peugeot.

With the points from the classification, Sapag overtook the Brazilian Raphael Reis and is now in third place in the drivers’ table. The Brazilian’s #77 CUPRA was only tenth, aiming for the pole in race 2.

For the Trophy Cup battle, both contenders will start from the sixth row in both races. Uruguayan Enrique Maglione was 11th with the #15 Peugeot and Fabio Casagrande 12th with the #34 Honda.

Q1 in Buenos Aires was marked by two red flag interventions. The first to rescue Ignacio Montenegro’s #29 Audi, who signed up for the date at the last minute and ended his day in the pits. Then, to tow Alceu Feldmann’s #17 CUPRA that had some problems with the fuel pump. In Q2, Barrio was the first to drop the 1min20, registering 1:19.917. That time secured Toyota the first pole position in its short history at TCR South America.

Toyota’s first pole position was witnessed by WSC Group President Marcello Lotti and WSC Group COO Nunzia Corvino. Both participated in a press conference together with the president of TCR South America, Federico Punteri. Also present were Detleft Schmidt, from Audi Sport Customer Racing, Ron Hartvelt, director of Geely Group Motorsport, Felipe McGough, TCR promoter in Argentina and Uruguay, and Mauricio Slaviero, TCR promoter in Brazil.

STATEMENT

“I’m very happy. In our second race in the TCR, the Toyota Corolla took its first pole position. It is a very good start, we solved a lot of things and we ended up leaving everything ready for tomorrow.”
Jorge Barrio

“We are going to do the same thing we always do, speed up as much as possible and get as many points as possible. We have a good rhythm to fight tomorrow”.
Juan Angel Rosso

SCHEDULE – ROUND 7 –AUTÓDROMO OSCAR Y JUAN GÁLVEZ
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022
09:38 – Race 1 (17 laps or 30 minutes)
12:25 – Race 2 (20 laps or 35 minutes)

TV – TCR SOUTH AMERICA – ROUND 7
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022
Race 1

09:30 (live) Canal 13 (Argentina), Star+ (Brasil) and TCR TV.
17:30 VTV (Uruguay)
Race 2
12:15 (live) TyC Sports (Argentina), ESPN4 (Brasil) and TCR TV.
18:30 por VTV (Uruguay)

LINKS
Galery: https://southamerica.tcr-series.com/photo-gallery-2022/
Standings: https://southamerica.tcr-series.com/campeonato2022/
Results: https://southamerica.tcr-series.com/race-results/

CONTACTS
Regional
regional@southamerica.tcr-series.com