Juan Ángel Rosso is the poleman of the GP Car One, fifth stage of the TCR South America in 2022

Juan Ángel Rosso is the poleman of the GP Car One, fifth stage of the TCR South America in 2022

Canelones (Uruguay), August 6, 2022 – With three drivers of different nationalities in the same second and three different brands in the top three positions, qualifying for the Car One Grand Prix at El Pinar this Saturday marked another very competitive ride at TCR South America.

Juan Ángel Rosso’s Honda #26 prevailed, author of an exuberant journey with pole and double victory three weeks ago in Rivera. First pole position in the history of the category, the Brazilian Raphael Reis was second in his #77 CUPRA, with the Uruguayan Juan Manuel Casella third in the #60 Peugeot.

The top 5 was completed by the other two PMO Racing cars, with Franco Farina fourth and Enrique Maglione fifth, the best in the Trophy Cup.

The first race has a forecast of 21 laps and starts at 9:40 am. The reverse grid race is scheduled for 11:40 am and will have the Brazilian Fabio Casagrande starting from the position of honour.

Championship leader Fabricio Pezzini of Argentina had gearbox problems on his #7 Lynk & Co and ended up excluded from qualifying because his mechanics attempted to make repairs while the session was underway. His team-mate Manuel Sapag, fastest on Friday and fastest in Q1, was ninth in Q2 and is a strong contender for victory in Race 2, starting from the front row.


“Yes, we were fast in practice, but I needed to adjust my race pace a bit. I was not happy with my first lap in Q2. It was warmer and we were going slower, but not that much, the car lost a lot of grip.
Happy and calmer, we got pole position and we’re off to tomorrow”.
Juan Angel Rosso

“In Q1 our car was balanced, P1 was missing a bit. In Q2 the tire temperatures had our ideal balance. And thinking about the strategy of the championship, we didn’t take as much as we could, so there was a bit missing. Our direct competitor had a problem and leaves us behind, so it’s a good start to the second half of the championship and a good score.”
Raphael Reis

“We had two races very close together, with more than twenty laps in the lead. In Goiânia there were two laps to go and I lost the lead, in Rivera it was on the last lap. This hurt me a lot and we are very excited for the victory to come. I hope it’s tomorrow”
Juan Manuel Casella

“A good lap, on the first lap I couldn’t close the lap, we did a slow lap and then we got the time. Very happy for the team that came third, fourth and fifth. Very happy to race here and thinking of riding even better tomorrow!”
Enrique Maglione

Sunday August 7, 2022
09:40 – Race 1 (21 laps o 30 minutos)
11:40 – Race 2 (25 laps o 35 minutos)

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