La Road Tourism Corridors Association refloated this year a truck categoryLike Super Pick-Up (later called the Race Pick-Up Series) that rolled under its supervision in the late 1990s and early 2000s. To give shape to this renewed version, the entity met with TC pilots and team owners.
La TC Pick-Up, such the name chosen for the brand new specialty, will share all dates that TC Mouras and TC Pista Mouras perform at the La Plata racetrack.
The brands that participate, in principle, are Ford, Toyota, Nissan and Volkswagen. The units use some elements from Road Tourism, such as multi-valve engines (sealed for four races) and tires. An important fact is that only pilots who run in the popular category will be able to participate.
“It is a very important project, it is not something minor. The idea is to make a firm and competitive category, not a show. The ACTC will partly finance the development of the pick-ups ”, the builder told at the time Rodolfo Di Meglio, who will be part of a technical subcommittee together with Alexander Iuliano, technical head of the entity; Alberto Canapino, Marco Jakos y Walter Alifraco. Something no less in this project is the cost per competition, which would be between 120.000 and 150.000 pesos.
In this way, the pick-ups return to the tracks of our country after more than a decade. The first tournament was held in 1998 as Super Pick-Up and then the name was changed to Race Pick-Up Series. For this division, the ACTC itself imported several trucks with V8 engines. The contest lasted what a sigh and only had two champions: Nahuel Acuña y Facundo Gil Bicella.
This specialty is not a novelty since there are similar categories such as NASCAR Truck Series USA.
The TC Pick-Up category had its baptism at the Roberto Mouras racetrack in La Plata. The race was won Guillermo Ortelli (Nissan Frontier), who had dominated the rankings. The podium of this first test was completed Christian ledesma (Toyota Hilux), at 350/1000; Y Omar Martinez (Ford Ranger) to 602/1000. The competition was characterized by the large number of position changes due to the ease with which the vehicles entered suction. "On the straight you couldn't make a difference and we were all sucked out", Ortelli counted. “I congratulate my team who did a magnificent job presenting four vehicles. But also to all the other teams that made it possible for this ACTC project to become a reality ”, added the multiple champion of Road Tourism.
The official presentation of the category was made at an event in Puerto Madero. Confirmed pilots Omar Martinez (Ford Ranger / Dole Racing), Gaston Mazzacane (VW Amarok / Dole Racing), Guillermo Ortelli (Nissan Frontier / JP Carrera), Christian ledesma (VW Amarok / Las Toscas Racing), Pedro Gentile (Nissan Frontier / JP Carrera); Ernest Bessone (Toyota Hilux / Dole Racing), Juan Manuel Silva placeholder image (Ford Ranger / JP Carrera), Valentin Aguirre (Nissan Frontier / JP Carrera), Andres Jakos (Toyota Hilux / Dole Racing) and Augusto Carinelli (VW Amarok / Dose Competition).
The ACTC announced that the presentation tournament starts at 23/9 in La Plata us a dozen "chatas" They will represent Ford, Nissan, Toyota and VW. Guillermo Ortelli, Juan Manuel Silva y Omar Martinez are some of the confirmed pilots.
In the framework of 1.000 Kilometers from Buenos Aires, an exhibition of the TC Pick-Up was held in which some of the models that are finished were shown, such as the one in the photos in this post.
The category already has a name: TC Pick-Up. The first track test was done this week at the Roberto Mouras racetrack in La Plata with a prototype with a Ford Ranger body driven by Facundo Gil Bicella. “The vehicle is built through a tubular chassis to which modifications were made to mount the original bodywork. It has elements similar to a TC car such as the multivalve engine, the gearbox, among other things ", Iuliano affirmed.