23 Aug Juan Angel Rosso dominated Saturday at Rivera and took pole position at TCR South America
Juan Angel Rosso dominated Saturday at Rivera and took pole position at TCR South America
Rivera (Uruguay), July 16, 2022 – Juan Angel Rosso achieved pole position on the fourth round of the TCR South America that takes place in Rivera.
In a tight classification and with the 18 cars shod with wet tires, the Argentinian prevailed in Q1 and Q2 with the Honda Civic #26 of the Squadra Martino. The advantage over the second, the #77 CUPRA of Raphael Reis, was less than 0.100s.
The cut of the fastest 12 from Q1 to Q2 came in the last two minutes of the session as the track improved lap after lap. A minute before the flag, Guilherme Reischl and Enrique Maglione were in their PMO Racing Peugeots separated by just 0.042, a margin that determined the Brazilian’s advance to 12th position. In this way, the Uruguayan was located 13th when the red flag came out near the end, which left him out of Q2.
Rosso, Alceu Feldmann, Pedro Aizza, Reis, Fabricio Pezzini, Manuel Sapag, Gabriel Lusquiños, Rodrigo Aramendia, Juan Manuel Casella, Bia Figueiredo, Franco Farina and Reischl were the 12 qualified to fight for pole position.
In Q2, Rosso quickly set the benchmark time with a 1m25.870s. Halfway through the session, Feldmann was sitting in second position, half a second behind and was then relegated to third place when Reis fell just 0.074 behind the Argentine. Championship leader Fabricio Pezzini finished fourth and Uruguayan Aramendia in Prop Car Racing’s Alfa Romeo completed the top 5.
This Sunday the two races of the fourth date will be played. The first of the day will be at 09:40 at 18 laps or 30 minutes. The second, which will be at 12:40, has a forecast of 22 laps or 35 minutes and will have the grid reversed. The first row will be complete for the Peugeots of Reischl and Farina (in that order).
“The truth is that I suffered more than I expected, I had a good first lap but I still had a little more to improve. In the middle of the session the car started to fail and when I came to improve I had to enter the pits. We restarted the car and again it failed again and that’s why I decided to stop where I was so that nothing else would happen. I suffered in all the classifications until now, today that I had everything to be as calm as possible, I also suffered. I hope everything goes well for tomorrow to fight for the victory in the first race and good points in the second”.
Juan Angel Rosso
“It was a good qualifying, despite the result of the training we had a great balance. We didn’t push too hard on the other activities because we knew it wasn’t time yet, but the car had a lot of potential. I am waiting for tomorrow with a dry track forecast that our car is very competitive.
SCHEDULE – ROUND 4 – AUTODROMO EDUARDO P CABRERA (RIVERA, URUGUAY)
SUNDAY JULY 17, 2022
09:40 Race 1 – Start (18 laps o 30 minutes)
12:40 Race 2 – Start (22 laps o 35 minutos)