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The atmosphere experienced in Artenara during the ‘Monday Test’ has been just a foretaste of what the island Gran Canaria will be like when the start signal for the 43rd Edition of the Rally Islas Canarias is given. Valsequillo and Valleseco have also host different team test before drivers and co-drivers throw themselves into the recognition of the legs the next two days.

Although it does not form part of the route which will lead to the classification, from next Friday on the ‘Monday Test’ will become one of the more expected journeys for the thousands of fans that have been awaiting all year long the moment to see in action the best teams of the FIA European Rally Championship and of the Spanish Tarmac Rally Championship. Both the competitions - with their respective categories - and the new Spanish Rally Super-Championship have had a high representation in the group trainings held in Artenara. 

In the morning and in the afternoon a good deal of international, some national and also Canarian teams - that will participate in this Edition of the Rally Islas Canarias - have very well seized the tests which took place under a blazing sun. By passing several times through this leg in Artenara - which is the very same as the one draw up last year by the organisation, the drivers have had the chance to give instructions to the engineers and mechanics on the configuration of their respective cars. Unfortunately there have been different teams experiencing some incidents during the day, which will force their teams to race against time in order to be at the start ceremony next Thursday 2nd May. 

The European champions Alexey Lukyanuk and Alexey Arnautov (Citroën C3 R5) have rather move to Valsequillo, together with their team mates of Saintéloc Racing, Sean Johnston-Alex Kihunari (Peugeot 208 R2) and Sindre Furuseth-Jim Hjerpe (Peugeot 208 R2) in order to work on their respective cars. In the case of the American and the Norwegian drivers, it has been their first initial contact with the asphalt in Gran Canaria. In the meanwhile, Luis Monzón and José Carlos Déniz have tested the Ford Fiesta R5 of Orsák Rally Sport on the roads of the town Valleseco.

Tuesday - first recognition day
Next Wednesday 30th April, route recognitions of the 43rd Rally Islas Canarias will take place. Today at the AC Hotel Gran Canaria the documentation for the next two days have been handed over. The Qualifying Stage and the special ‘Valsequillo-Festina’, ‘San Mateo-DISA’, ‘Tejeda’ and ‘Las Palmas de Gran Canaria-DISA’, are the menu for this second day of the weak.

With more than pleasant temperatures, the over 100 teams entered in this Edition will be able to take notes completely focussed on the asphalt of Gran Canaria. Anyway and keeping in mind the slogan ‘Gran Canaria, a miniature-seized continent’, the more experienced drivers on the legs of the island will have the chance to write down many secrets that for certain will let them drive with much more confidence and efficiency in case there are any changes in the weather conditions towards the weekend.

 

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