Great results for Speed Car at the Mollerusa Autocross, the fourth round of the Spanish Championship held on the 4th and 5th of June. The cars, bult by Industrias Lahoz, won in the three categories that they competed in at the national series, with wins for Joan Enric de María at the wheel of Speed Car TTRs in Division 3, and for the Xtrems driven by Juanjo Moll in Car Cross and Pepe Arqué in Junior. The other two positions on the Division 3 podium also went to Speed Car drivers, with Juan José Aranda second with his TTR and Delfín Lahoz third with the TTX.
Speed Car continued their domination of the 2016 Division III national series. The powerful singleseaters built by Industrias Lahoz remain unbeaten this season and at Mollerusa they not only extended their winning streak, after giving Joan Enric de María his third win of the year and the fourth in a row for Speed Car, but their drivers also took the three steps of the podium.
De María, who was fifth in qualifying, started to show his true pace in the heats with a second and a first place that gave him pole position for the starting grid. In the final the driver of Speed Car TTR number 1 drove faultessly to cross the finish line at the end of the ten laps almost three seconds ahead of his brand mate Juan José Aranda. The Burgos born driver was getting better as the weekend progressed and, after being eighth in qualifying, he got up to fourth in the heats thanks to a second position in the last one. In the final, starting from the fourth slot on the grid, he gained two positions to complete a 1-2 for the Speed Car TTRs.
The full Speed Car podium was completed by Delfín Lahoz, third in the final with the TTX after scoring the fastest lap in qualifying and going through a couple of hard heats where he was sixth and ninth.
The great team result of the three Speed Car drivers confirms that the cars, designed and built by Industrias Lahoz, are the most competitive in Division III of the Spanish Autocross Championship.
The Speed Car Xtrem were again the most numerous cars at a national Car Cross race, with nine entrants among the thirty one competitors driving the vehicles built by Industrias Lahoz at Mollerusa.
Three got through the very competitive heats to get to the final for the best 15 drivers. The race, held over 10 laps, went to Juan José Moll who won at the wheel of his Speed Car Xtrem, scoring his second win of the year and his third consecutive podium, results that consolidate his second position in the overall standings, also closing on the leader of the championship.
Jordi Puigvert finished very close to the podium, again among the fastest with his Speed Car, to finish fourth this time improving by ome position on his result of the previous race held in Portugal.
Just behind him at the chequered flag was the third Xtrem in the final, driven by David Casadevall who was fifth so three Speed Cars finished among the top five in the most competitive category of the championship.
Pepe Arqué scored his second win of the season at Mollerusa with the Speed Car in the Car Cross Junior category. The young Speed Car driver repeated his success of the previous visit paid by the series to Catalonia, when he won at Lleida, with a great showing in the final race which he won after a close fight. He crossed the finish line barely a second ahead of his closest rival after starting from third of the grid and being third in qualifying and the two heats.
Bad luck again affected Ares Lahoz, who scored the best time, by more than a second in the second qualifying session held in very difficult track conditions, which shows her driving skills. Nonetheless in the final, and after making yet another good start that allowed her to lead for three laps, a small mistake meant she lost some ground and was fourth when a rival spun and in trying to avoid the contact she ended on the verge of the track with no chance to get back to the race so she had to retire and was classified fifth.