Spaniard Marc Coma took his first stage victory of the Desafío Ruta 40 2013, as he won Stage 4 of the rally. Coma had had a difficult third stage, finishing 18 minutes behind the leaders, but was able to make up most of the time lost yesterday with his win today. Coma led teammate Kurt Caselli by 1 minute and 50 seconds, and french David Casteu by 3 minutes and 36 seconds. In the overall standings, Coma jumps to fifth place, 3 minutes and 17 seconds behind the leader, Helder Rodrigues from Honda. Helder has been very consistent in the Ruta 40 and that has gotten him the overall lead. Rodrigues has an advantage of 1 minute and 16 seconds over teammate Javier Pizzolito from Argentina. Chilean Francisco “Chaleco” López is fourth overall, 2 minutes and 11 seconds back from Rodrigues.
Fourth stage also had its tragic side. Rider Nicolás Rojas from Argentina had a crash at the kilometre 1,5 of the 196 that comprised the stage, and died because of multiple traumatisms.
Desafío Ruta 40 continues tomorrow with the fifth stage with 366 kilometres of special stage.
Chilean driver Jorge Bas got his second win in his Panam GP Series career, after getting the victory in the second race of the weekend at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Ciudad de México. Bas led all laps in this final race, to grab the win, the first of the season for his team TCR. In the first race, Bas was fourth. That was the same starting position for him in the second race, but he made a perfect move to get the first spot in the start. Chilean drivers Abel Alonso and Vicente Bas were also part of the race, and while they showed progress over the weekend in a tough track, they were not able to clinch podium positions.
The first race of the weekend was won by mexican driver Pablo Sánchez.
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