Who won the Carrera Panamericana road race?
The final day of racing from Durango - Coahuila
This week I have been following closely the progress of my friend Angelica Fuentes Garcia and her team mate, Gabriel Perez, as they race in the Carrera Panamericana. The Carrera is the race every petrolhead dreams of competing in; infamous as the most dangerous race in the world. Angie has competed in it 25 times! She and Gabriel both have multiple wins under their belts but sadly this year they were unable to add to their tally of victories. They did get on the podium though, a truly remarkable feat if you have been following my updates this week!
The winning teams with Arri Vatanen, Angie and Gabriel are on podium 3 in the red masks. Photo: La carrera panamericana
They put in great times on all of Day 7's stages and thankfully there were no more faults with the car. They have held on to 3rd in class all week but an overall placing had slipped away from them ... along with 2nd gear! Thankfully with the mechanical issues fixed, and such a great final day, they were able to take back an overall podium finish. Without the coolant problem and gearbox failure they may well have claimed another win but, as Angie says 'that's racing!'
Team El Malditillo, 2020 winners Photo: La carrera Panamericana
The race was won by Ricardo Cordero and his navigator, Marco Hernández, in 'El Malditillo' another Studebaker Champion. The victory sees them join Angie and Gabriel in the history books as the Mexican's with the most number of Carrera wins.
Victors 'El Malditillo' on stage 7 Photo: La carrera panamericana
In 2nd place were 2017 champions, Hilaire and Laura Damiron, who completed a full podium, set of Studebaker Champions in their car, ' The Commander'.
'The commander' 2nd placed Syudebaker Champion Photo: la carrera panamericana
Studebakers were not the only cars in the race, but they do seem to be the most dominant. Let's face it, no one expects a 1200cc Mini to outrun a 5 litre yank tank! Cars are grouped into classes according to age, power and modifications though, so many of the others will have picked up class wins. I'll bring you those results as they become available. If there were an award for the best looking car of the race then I think it would go to the Gulf liveried Ford GT40, what do you think?
And if you think that's all the classic rallying you're going to see this year, think again, the postponed Mille Miglia is finally underway in Italy this weekend and you can watch all the action free online: