Benito Guerra finished eighth in the overall classification in the Azores Rally, the fifth date of the European Rally Championship (ERC), which took place on the island of Sao Miguel from September 16 to 18. The Mexican driver made his debut in the ERC navigated by Spaniard Dani Cué to qualify in the Top 10 with a total time of 2 hours 39 minutes 21.8 seconds.
The Escuderia Telmex driver and representative of the State of Guanajuato started the rally from the ninth position, to finish tenth overall on the first day of competition. During the second day in the Azores, Guerra reduced times by finding a good rhythm in the car and not making mistakes.
"It was a complicated day, we had to start in position one, in a dirt rally is difficult because it is necessary to clear the road and you lose a lot of time being the first car to pass. On the other hand, climbing positions today was the result of not making mistakes, we stayed in place without making mistakes and that makes me happy," said Benito Guerra.
On the other hand, he pointed out that competing in the Azores Rally was a goal accomplished and that the precision in the lift (co-driver notes) was key to achieve a good result, as the level of competition was high with entries such as Dani Sordo and Andreas Mikkelsen, who was the winner in the Portuguese event.
"It was a great experience to have run a section that I saw many times on TV (Sete Cidades), which I had dreamed of competing and I put a little dove. I improved in the narrow parts and I liked that my notes were very accurate, that gives me a lot of peace of mind for the following rallies", added Guerra.
Meanwhile, the driver will continue his preparation in Europe with the RaceSeven team for the next European Championship Rally to be held in Fafe, Portugal on October 1-3. The Mexican driver thanked the support of the people who follow him from Mexico and Europe, as well as the support of Escudería Telmex, Carrera Panamericana, the State of Guanajuato, Ping Communication, TechMahindra, and Siselectron. He concluded by highlighting that the adaptation with the Skoda Fabia Evolution has been quite good and will be key to achieve a good result in the next race.