The Mendoza won the Baja Portoalegre 500 and won the FIA Bajas Cross Country World Cup.
The joys for Argentines continue in the off-road world. After the consecration of Salta a few weeks ago Luciano Benavides (KTM) in the category Junior of the FIM Cross Country World ChampionshipNow the one who celebrated in a big way is the Mendoza Orly Newfoundland (MINI John Cooper Works Rally) by conquering the FIA Bajas Cross Country World Cup.
Terranova, who ran with the attention of the X-Raid, He had his best season in the specialty that included three consecutive wins in Baja Aragón, Italy and Hungary, the second place in the Lower Jordan and a new victory in the Baja Portoalegre 500 in Portugal.
This last result was the one that gave him the title after an intense fight throughout the year with the Russian Vladimir Vasilyev (Overdrive), who had led this event with a point ahead of the Argentine; and the polish Jakub Przygonski (X-Raid), the third in contention three goals behind the leader.
In the Portuguese test, Orly was escorted by the Spanish Nani Rome, who thus achieved a great result in his second competition aboard the Borgward BX7 DKR EVO of the Borgward Rally Team, and Przygonski.
For the German X-Raid team it was a great 2019 as they also won the FIA Cross Country Rally Cup hand in hand with the French Stéphane Peterhansel, who on board a buggy snatched the crown from the Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah by three units of advantage.
Newfoundland thus becomes the second Argentine to win an FIA World Cup. The first was the Cordoba Gabriel pozzo, who in 2001 won the FIA World Rally Cup for production cars just one year before the World Cup for cars of the Group N.
For this reason the only world champions that Argentina has are Juan Manuel Fangio, with his five titles in the Formula 1; y Jose Maria Lopez, who achieved three scepters in the extinct WTCC.