CPR: Armindo Araújo wins Castelo Branco rally

Armindo Araújo/Luís Ramalho (Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo) won the Castelo Branco Rally and became the first “repeaters” of the year, as they were the first pair to win for the second time this year.
The Championship has already made them “smile” a lot, so its smile is even bigger, providing a good on-time comfort cushion for what the three events of CPR 2022, Madeira, Alto Tâmega and Vidreiro are missing.
The Racing Factory duo led the rally in the second special and never left.
On Day 1, he gained time from his most direct opponents, but the gap was never huge, finishing Saturday with a 2.2-second lead over Bruno Magalhães/Carlos Magalhães (Hyundai i20 N Rally2) before they finished the day The last push in the super special

Armindo Araújo/Luís Ramalho (Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo) won the Castelo Branco Rally, becoming the first “relay” of the year. José Pedro Fontes/Inês Ponte (Citroën C3 Rally2) was seconds behind his best rally of the year, while Miguel Correia/Jorge Carvalho (Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo) ended up on the podium, which was an excellent race.

Very hot inside and out! The first asphalt event of the year was a lot of fun and was characterized by very high temperatures, around 40º, and because of the many fights against time, the “temperature” was also high, which made the event shine.
The Castelo Branco Rally was hilarious, with a lot of squabbling in the front seats, not just for the win, but some drama, even an unusual accident between the front-row teams. José Pedro Fontes and Bruno Magalhães struggled despite Armindo Araújo leading from the second stage until the end. Both struggled to get close to the leader, but ‘sides’ and holed up a little, albeit slowly, eventually opening the way for Armindo Araújo, who, by testing at a very high level, clinched another victory laurel for his rich man.
For Armindo Araújo/Luís Ramalho (Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo), the championship has made them “smile” a lot, and as a result it smiles even more, providing a punctual and comfortable cushion for what was missing in CPR 2022, three events, Madeira, Alto Tâmega and Glass. The Racing Factory duo went to the front of the rally on stage two and never left, but things were complicated.
On Day 1, the most direct opponents gained time, but the lead was never huge, and they were 2.2 seconds ahead of Bruno Magalhães/Carlos Magalhães (Hyundai i20 N Rally2) on Saturday. Saturday ended the last forced in the super specials of the day when they increased the gap from 7.4 seconds to 2.2 seconds. But in the first race on Sunday morning, Magalhães lost 40 seconds to a puncture and then dropped a few positions to “give” Armindo Araújo the win and has been limited since then The source of the lead in the match against José Pedro.
It was an almost perfect rally for the duo from The Racing Factory, as expected the “opposition” fought a lot, but they always knew how to fight back and never got the wheel wrong, Take their “boat” to Good Harbor. With this win, he opened a good “gap” on the championship door, but the truth is there are still three games to go and a lot more to come.
José Pedro Fontes/Inês Ponte (Citroën C3 Rally2) finished second in the Castelo Branco Rally, their best rally of the year. True, the tar test was more “your way,” with the Sports & You duo being the rally’s first lead, but it didn’t arrive because of the seconds accumulated here and there that no longer allowed for the final recovery days. And they tried so well because just like the first day, they also won the first Sunday special. However, they don’t have time to recover more. This confirmed what was already suspected: they would be fighting for victory on the asphalt.
Another podium for Miguel Correia/Jorge Carvalho (Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo) is in line with what they achieved on dirt roads, only then the results will come naturally, while on asphalt the riders still have some way to go – Take on their main opponents. In this test, differences have been noticed. Miguel Correa has been much better on the tarmac this year, in this race 6.7 seconds from Jose Pedro Fontes at the entrance of the final four stages Very close, showing the pilot’s progress on the tarmac. Obviously closer to the battle ahead.

Magellan deserves better
Bruno Magalhães/Carlos Magalhães (Hyundai i20 N Rally2) finished fourth and deserved more in this race. Sadly, they had narrowed the gap to the leaders from 7.4 seconds to 2.2 seconds the day before, taking advantage of the softer tyre combination they use on the Hyundai, and they had no luck on Sunday morning. But that’s how the rally is, dangerous, and when they lose 40 seconds on PE9, their fight is over. In any case, that doesn’t take away from their performance, and we’ll definitely see them fight for the win in their upcoming games, and likely win. In Castel Blanc, it’s a shame that the fight didn’t end because it would be epic…
Pedro Meireles/Pedro Alves also had a great game (Hyundai i20 N Rally2). With Miguel Correia as the best of “The Others”, they lost a bit. They had their ups and downs in the race for 5th, a race that took the podium on Sunday morning, but Miguel Correia was stronger. Driving his new Hyundai, he’s already showing good signs in the dirt tests, and now on the asphalt, he’s showing that he gets along just fine with this car. This is good because it is necessary to walk in the battle ahead.
Ricardo Teodósio/José Teixeira (Hyundai i20 N Rally2) retired in disgraceful fashion in the closing stages, in an rlai that had an unlucky start and finish. Bad luck in a single rally, bad luck in a single season! On PE1, the intercooler clip was loosened before starting. The engine is dead, time is wasted, and any possible good outcome is left there. After the Portugal Rally win, it was thought that Malapata had dropped the pair, but no. And the worst is yet to come. Afterwards, they worked hard for the future, running, experimenting, learning, testing, and now they can achieve results in the following competitions. As if bad luck wasn’t enough, they thumped (very) hard in the final quarter. The Hyundai i20 N Rally2 that debuted at the Portugal Rally was badly damaged.
Daniel Nunes/Nuno Mota Ribeiro (Ford Fiesta Rally 3) finished sixth after a lone race as they had no one to fight directly. It’s worth it, because with the engine upgrade, the M-Sport car now offers drivers another level of pleasure.
Gil Antunes/Diogo Correia (Dacia Sandero R4) was likely to clash with the drivers in the yellow Fiesta, but Dacia’s engine overheating problem quickly slowed them down, a problem that persisted throughout the rally. Still, a decent seventh.
Ricardo Sousa/Luís Marques (Peugeot 208 Rally4) easy win with 2WD (read separately) a minute ago
Ernesto Cunha/Rui Raimundo (Peugeot 208 Rally4), ninth overall.
Paulo Caldeira/Ana Gonçalves (Citroën C3 Rally2) rounded out the top 10 overall, and in this race the duo suffered a little while feeling very hot. 40 degrees in the shade, above 60 degrees in the car.
For the rest of the entourage, it was a test of survival as the heat affected everyone.
Ricardo Filipe/Fernando Almeida (Ford Fiesta R5) continued to improve their pace, in this race they gave up on day one to return with some good results.
Paulo Neto/Vítor Hugo (Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo) exited in PE2, after they damaged the “rear” of the suspension, they returned to spin and win on day 2. Among the quitters, as we mentioned, Ricardo Teodósio, but also Pedro Almeida/Mario Castro Mario (Pedro Almeida / Mário Castro Mário) (Škoda Fabia Rally 2 evo), who had a strong exit in PE6, gave up in a very dirty area. They are fighting for fourth place. Unfortunately.
CPR will continue in Madeira for about a month and a half and judging by what’s going on in Fort Blanco, there will be a lot of fights for victory, it remains to be seen if anyone in CPR can fight with the Madeiras. says To the Madeira, Bernardo Sousa should also be present, but that has yet to be confirmed…

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