49 Rallye Internacional Rías Baixas
Real Federación Española de Automovilismo
Federation Internationale de l'Automobile
Escudería Rías Baixas
Press Release End of First Leg (SS 1 and 2)

Luis Monzón appears to be the next winner

May 31st, 2013Press Office

Luis Monzón in his Mini JCW WRC, is first in the general provisional position of the 49º Rallye Internacional Rías Baixas after running the first leg (SS1 Vigo y SS2 Nigrán), followed by Alberto Meira at 9.1 seconds and by Sergio Vallejo at 22.9.

The pilot, from the Canary Islands, leaded the "Rías" in the Nigrán Special Stage, where he marked the first major differences with respect to his main opponents. In this 16.71 km SS, Monzón was ahead of Alberto Meira at 10 seconds, of Sergio Vallejo at 23.5, of Miguel Fuster at 31.1 and of Xevi Pons at 31.4. The ACSM pilot took the worst part of this first leg. His Porsche 997 GT3 Cup R, broke down in the Nigrán stage, which made him quite the rally.

Oscar Pereiro and Luis Penido had the same bad luck. Their Mini Rallye 2 was able to reach the finishing line in Nigrán, but with a broken bearing, which led them to be out of the competition.

The urban SS in Vigo (SC1) that opened this 49º Rallye Internacional Rías Baixas crowned Álvaro Muñiz as winner. Driving his Lotus GT Exige, the pilot from Coruña surprised everybody after driving the 2300 meters along the Monte de O Castro in 1 minute and 34 seconds, almost 7 seconds less that the time spent last year in the same stage by Alberto Hevia. Very closet o Muñiz came Alberto Meira, while Sergio Vallejo had the third best time.

Regarding the Copas, at the end of the first leg, Jonathan Pérez is the leader of the Mitshubishi Evo Cup. The pilot from Asturias, who is also fourth in the provisional general qualification, has an advantage of 2.2 seconds over Víctor Senra and 14.3 over Surhayen Pernía.

In the Challenge Twingo R2, the best timing in the first two stages of the "Rías" was Alberto Otero. In second place, we find Jorge González, at 14.6 seconds of the leader, and in the third position we have Marcos Canedo at more than 30 seconds.

The driver from Vigo, Pablo Pazó, is the leader of the Copa Suzuki Swift. He has an advantage of 13.7 seconds over Fran Lago, who is in the second position and of 14.27 seconds over Víctor Pérez.

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