José María López converted is fourth straight pole position to his third straight victory at Rafaela today. The Ford driver won the race ahead of Peugeot duo Nestor Girolami in second and Facundo Ardusso in third.
“It was a difficult and fantastic race, a dream victory. Spataro and Rossi put hard pressure on me, but I was unsure of what the tyres could take as many had problems. I could pull away and later let the tyres cool down,” said López.
The race at Rafaela, where the drivers hit speeds of 300 km/h, was much about tyre wear as some driver were to find out during the race. Emiliano Spataro as well as the two Toyota drivers Mariano Werner and Matthew Rossi all had to pit due to punctures and found them selves outside the top ten in the end.
Previous championship leader Werner finished 13th due to the puncture, only scoring four points, and drops to second in the championship behind new championship leader Girolami.
Gabriel P. de Leon claimed fourth position ahead of Agustin Canapino and Leonel Perina. Ignacio Char, Peter Gentile, Guillermo Ortelli and Bernardo Llaver rounded off the top ten.
Girolami heads the championship on 121 points ahead of Werner on 112 and López on 109 points in third with five races left of the season.