- The 34th edition of the Baja Aragón will have 230 vehicles and more than 600 timed kilometers divided into four stages.
- The pilots will face a prologue during the day on Friday, two stages on Saturday and a special final on Sunday.
Everything is ready for the celebration of the Baja Aragon 2017. For the fifth consecutive year, the city and province of Teruel are flushed with the celebration of one of the most important events on the calendar of rally-raids in Spain, but also at continental level. The clearest example is the entry list a test that reaches its 34th edition with a record number of participants. However, more than 230 vehicles come together in a scoring for the FIA World Rally Championship and FIM Cross-Country test, for the Dakar Challenge and Championship Rally Spain All Terrain (CERTT).
Baja Aragon 2017 has 20% more registered in recent years the result of the confluence of different categories. However, 77 cars FIA will take part in this 34th edition of the race, with up to 13 priority drivers for the International Federation. 31 vehicles have registered for the Dakar Challenge, a format that will give the winner a direct place to participate in the 2018 edition of the Dakar. To these must be added 70 motorcycles and quads, 24 buggies to enjoy non-competitive specialty Polaris Experience 7 participants for low and more than a dozen trucks.
The epicenter of the test will be the paddock located in the Palacio de Congresos de Teruel, where fans can watch from close to the drivers and teams entered. Each day will be the point of departure and arrival of the Baja Aragón, divided into three days of competition with 800 kilometers, about 600 of which they are timed. The pilots will face a prologue less than 10 kilometers during the day on Friday, a small contact that will determine the starting order ahead special two will be played in the day on Saturday.
On Saturday will start at 8:48 pm with the celebration of SS2 Perales Alfambra between Teruel and in a special that is 216.92 kilometers against the clock. The other leg of the journey is 'Celadas - Teruel' with its 133.78 kilometers. One of the great innovations in the 34th edition of the Baja Aragón is that Saturday the two sections will not be used as the basis for the special Sunday, it will be completely new. This stretch of Sunday 'Barrachina - Kraft Paper Notebook' will decide the winners with 184.05 timed kilometers. The test trascurrirá by jiloca, Comunidad de Teruel, coalfields and Sierra de Albarracín.
Nasser Al-Attiyah, Nani Roma and Mikko Hirvonen are the three top contenders to victory in the car category, while Martin Prokop, Leeroy Poulter, Xevi Pons and 'Orly' Terranova are called to fight at least for the podium, like Aron Domzala. South Racing drivers or Nicolas Fuchs They can also perform at high level. In Spanish key and the struggle for CERTT background, the duel between Óscar Fuentes, Cristina Gutiérrez and Rubén Gracía It is a clear focus of interest. Also see the performance of Isidre Esteve with his new BMW X6 adapted or Jesús Calleja, who will be in the next Dakar funded by Al-Attiyah itself.
In the motorbike category Joan Barreda seems the team to beat. The Honda rider Michael Metge has squire. However, the Himoinsa Team Racing has four drivers are talent Ivan Cervantes, Marc Sola, Daniel Oliveras and Rosa Romero. Joan Pedrero directs the designs of Sherco, while will be interesting to see who can make the Yamaha Jan Brabec, Cristian Spain with KTM or Txomin Arana on his return to racing with his Husqvarna. Another driver to follow is Txus Puras, quads while all eyes are set on José Luis Espinosa.
Schedules of the 34th edition of the Baja Aragón
|Friday, July 21||SS1 - Prologue (Teruel)||output bikes: 17: 25h|
car output: 18: 25h
|Saturday, July 22||SS2 (Teruel - Perales Alfambra)||car output: 08: 48h|
output bikes: 13: 30h
|Saturday, July 22||SS3 (Celadas - Teruel)||output bikes: 09: 28h|
Departure cars: 14: 00h
|Sunday, July 23||SS4 (Barrachina - Caude)||output bikes: 08: 00h|
Departure cars: 11: 20h
Photos: Gazoo Racing Toyota /