Suárez triumphs at the Rally Ourense Recalvi

Strong victory for the Asturian driver on the Recalvi roads

Asturian driver José Antonio Suárez won the fourth round of the Spanish Super Rally Championship (S-CER) 2024, taking home the 57th Rally Ourense Recalvi after a spectacular comeback on the second day of the race. Driving his Skoda Fabia RS Rally2, Suárez clinched victory by winning five of the eight special stages on day two, showcasing an extraordinary full attack capability.

The competition began under the sign of Diego Ruiloba, driving the Citroën C3 Rally2, who set the fastest time on the first pass of Barbadás. The 22-year-old talent from the Citroën Rallye Team Spain held the lead until SS5, when Alejandro Cachón, driving the Toyota Yaris GR Rally2, took over, benefiting from a crash by Ruiloba.

Cachón maintained the lead until SS8, the second stage of day two, when Suárez achieved a super-scratch on the first pass of Amoeiro, seizing the lead with a margin of 7.8 seconds. Cachón’s race was then compromised by a one-minute penalty for using more tires than allowed, dropping him to third place overall.

This penalty allowed Javier Pardo, in the Skoda Fabia RS Rally2, to climb to the second step of the podium. Pardo finished the race by setting the best time in the final stage of the day, ending with a gap of 1’05” from the winner Suárez.

The fourth place, often referred to as the “wooden medal,” went to Álvaro Muniz Mora in a Skoda Fabia R5. For the Spanish asphalt champion, this marks the best result in his career in an S-CER race, matching the fourth place he achieved at Recalvi in 2021 when he was driving a Peugeot 208 Rally4. The top-5 was completed by José Luis Pelaez in a Skoda Fabia RS Rally2.

Among the two-wheel drive (2WD) cars, the victory went to Unai de La Dehesa in a Peugeot 208 Rally4. The 25-year-old Spaniard replicated his success from the Sierra Morena, strongly positioning himself for the final title of the Beca Junior R2.