The Speed Cars stood out one more year in the always popular event of Arteixo, fifth round of the Spanish Autocross Championship that was held on August 7 and 8 at the José Ramón Losada circuit. A victory and four podiums was the harvest for drivers who competed at the wheel of vehicles manufactured by Lahoz Industries, achieved also with three different models. Pol Durán’s and Josep Aranda's Xtrem finished first and third in Car Cross Junior, Josep Arque’s Wonder was third overall and first in the CarCross 1.6 trophy, and Joan Enric De María’s TTX was very close to the victory in Division III.
Yet another unclucky race for Eduard Bañeres, the only Speed Car representative in the Division III in Miranda de Ebro. The young Catalan driver once again demonstrated his speed and the competitiveness of the TTR of Lahoz Industries by scoring the third best in qualifying and being second in the first two heats, which, together with the third place in the last, put him third on the starting grid. However, an incident in the final made him lose a lot of time and, although he tried to make it back, having lost a lap it was impossible to make contact again with the head group so Eduard had to settle for eight across the finish line.
Forty entrants in the Car Cross category at the circuit Antonio Vadillo Miranda de Ebro. Of these, about a quarter, a total of nine, competed at the wheel of models manufactured by Lahoz Industries. A percentage that rose to one third in the final of the top fifteen, which five Speed Car drivers among them, four with the Xtrem and one with the new Wonder.
The best result was for Josep Maria Vilà, who was among the fastest all weekend. The driver from Escudería Mollerusa set the fourth fastest time in qualifying and won a place in the front row of the grid after finishing second in his three heats. In the final, the Xtrem driver remained in the fight for podium places and was thrid under the chequered flag.
Right behind finished two other Speed Cars. Fourth was Josep Arqué’s Wonder, just two seconds behind his team-mate, and fifth was Joan Salichs' Xtrem, a result that leaves the Catalan rider one step away from securing the title of Spanish Champion. To achieve this, Salichs would only need to score in one of the qualifying heats of the final round of the season to be held in Mollerussa.
Speed Car’s performance in the Car Cross final in Miranda de Ebro was completed by Jordi Pujol, who achieved his best result of the season finishing ninth after being twentieth in qualifying and tenth in the heats, and Arnau Biosca who, on the other hand, was losing ground and after having been the second fastest in qualifying could only finish in the tenth position of the final after having some complicated heats that relegated him to the eleventh place of the starting grid.
The second position in Miranda de Ebro was enough for the young Speed Car driver Josep Aranda to secure the title of Spanish Champion of Junior Car Cross with one round to go. The driver from the Mollerusa team reached the Burgalese competition at the head of the table and increased his lead with three wins in the three heats. These points plus the second place in the final were more than enough to put him out of the reach of his rivals, led by his teammate Pol Durán.
Pol had indeed been the fastest in qualifying and was starting besides his tream mate in the final, which ended in fourth place in his Xtrem, just three tenths off the podium.
Aleix Costa’s Xtrem crossed the finish line two seconds behind, confirming his progression by finishing fifth, while an incident in the first lap knocked out Quim González’s, who could not defend his chances of a good result after starting from the fifth slot of the starting grid.
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