Press release Preview: Xacobeo Rally da Auga 2022
This weekend a new edition of the Xacobeo Rally da Auga will take place, a scoring event for the Spanish Gravel Rally Cup – Rallycar and a candidate event to be part of the FIA ERT Iberian Rally Trophy.
A total of 53 registered participants will participate on a route traced over the regions of Arzúa and Santiago, with the action divided into two days. On Friday, May 6, the action will begin at 2:00 p.m. with the dispute of two shakedowns at the same time (one for the participants eligible to do the Qualifying Stage and another for the rest of the teams).
The start will be held at the As Cancelas Shopping Center after which the participants will go to the Arzúa area to run the show stage at 6:50 p.m. and then a presentation ceremony at Praza da Feira.
On Saturday the rally will have a very compact format, with three long and selective double-pass stages, making up two competitive sections that will decide who wins.
The main novelty in terms of entries will be the participation of the triple winner of this rally and five-time Gravel Spanish champion Xevi Pons, who starts as the main favorite to win with his Fabia Rally2. He will not be the only national champion present with a top-level car as Oriol Gómez or Álex Villanueva will also be on the starting line. Juan Carlos Quintana, Rodrigo Zeballos or Daniel Alonso will be other protagonists who start with the first numbers in this edition.
This Xacobeo Rally da Auga will be very important in terms of promotion cups, being the first rally on the peninsula for the Toyota Gazoo Racing Iberian Cup, the Beca Junior U24 that is disputed with the Renault Clio Rally5, the three divisions within the Cup 2RM (R2, Proto and N3), and the Kobe Motor Cup with the small Toyota Aygo. In addition, it will also be the first event of the Triangular N5, a mini contest that includes this category of vehicles on gravel.