The 2016 Spanish Autocross Championship started the 12th and 13th of March at the Motorland Aragón circuit, in Alcañiz. The classic first round of the series produced good results for the Speed Car drivers, specially for Joan Enric de María, winner of the Division III, and Josep Arqué, second in Junior Car Cross.
Joan Enric De María begun in the best possible way his defense of the championship in the Division III. At the wheel of his Speed CAR TTR, the Escudería Lleida driver was the class of the field along the whole weekend.
Joan set the best time in the official practice, being the only driver going under the 54 seconds mark, and secured the pole position for the final after winning in the heats. A poor start meant he lost some positions at the beginning of the final, but he soon recovered to get to the front and cross the finish line in first position, more than 13 seconds ahead of his closest competitor and setting also the fastest lap.
His brand mate, Juan José Aranda, was less lucky. He was among the fastest in qualifying, setting the third best time with his Speed Car TTR. But then the Burgos born driver had to retire in the first heat which conditioned his chances for the weekend. Starting from the back of the grid, Aranda couldn't get to end of the race, retiring with 4 laps to go and being classified in eight position which allow him to, at least, score the first points of the season.
The first round of Car Cross was entered by 46 drivers, with ten being at the wheel of the Speed Car Xtrem, once again the model with more entrants in a race meeting of the Spanish Championship. Two of the Speed Car driver were among the top three in practice, being second David Casadevall and third Juan José Moll. Jordi Puigvert, who set the eight fastest time, completed the threesome of Speed Car in the top ten.
The three were also among the fastest in the heats, with a win for Moll and Casadevall, and a second place for Puigvert, results that allowed them to enter the final for the best 15 drivers.
In the last race of the Car Cross meeting, the best clasified among the Xtrem drivers was Jordi Puigvert, who after suffering a contact at the start that damaged the direction of his car, was able to recover and finish sixth, just ahead David Casadevall, who crossed under the chequered flag in seventh position, while Juan José Moll, who started from third position and was even second for some laps, had to retire with just two to go.
Double presence of the Speed Cars in Junior Car Cross, Josep Arqué and Ares Lahoz raced at the wheel of their Xtrem and were again among the main contenders of the category for the youngest drivers of the Spanish autocross. Josep was fastest in qualifying and secured the pole position for the final after winning in the heats. In the final race, the Speed Car driver crossed the finish line in second position, a great reult that allows him to begin the season with a podium in the first race of the year. Ares, on her side, was fifth fastest in qualifying, sixth in the heats and completed the final also in sixth position.