Rally Cañete, one of the most classic rallies in Peru, takes place this weekend with 60 cars ready to take the start line on Sunday, June 22nd including the Mitsubishi EVO IX of Raul Orlandini, one of the main protagonists of this competition.
Orlandini goes into this weekend’s event, fourth round of the 2008 Peruvian Rally Championship, second in the drivers’ title fight, seven points behind Nicolas Fuchs.
The 23-year-old missed out on the rally win during the last couple of events both times due to tyre problems, but this time, he is determined to put it all behind and go for the overall victory once again.
“We have been really unlucky during the last two rallies, all because of flat tyres,” said Orlandini. “It has all been very frustrating but I guess that’s part of the game.”
“The plan for this weekend is very simple and that’s to go flat out as usual to try and win this thing so we can get back in the lead of the series. For sure I’m more determined than ever this time and I have even told my co-driver Federico Valdez to hang on to dear life on Sunday.”
The city of Cañete is only 140kms away from the capital city of Lima; therefore, it attracts a massive number of spectators. Another attraction is the many high-speed jumps, specially the big and impressive ‘Quilmaná Jump’ from stages 3 and 6. In addition, a combination of twisty roads around farms and insanely fast sections make this rally a one of a kind.
Competitors will tackle a total of 104.60 kilometres made up of six stages with a midday service inside Quilmaná Stadium.
The rally kicks off with a ceremonial start tomorrow Friday on the outskirts of the National Stadium in Lima at 10pm (local time) before the rally crews head to Cañete on Sunday morning for the first stage at 11am.