The Rallye Villa de Luarca VII was held on 12 and 13 October, with a large entry list. But the controversy came in the days before the disputed evidence as the Head of Road Safety Section following the report of Luarca Ensign decided to delete the section B-1 and B-2 to be developed in an area with lots of homes and farms, which is very dangerous for the movement of the competitors as well as the safety of residents in place, unable to ensure the physical integrity of both the participants and the audience. So participants should make two passes through the stretch neutralized with what the test was timed in six. Clio Cup Astur-Cantabrian not miss the appointment but that unless a last minute surprise and had a clear winner Felix Alvarez. The rally started on Saturday with the checks which the 78 teams submitted exceeded, M. Diego and his co-pilot P. Velasco Asturias Rally Champions in 2001 were chosen for the test to start coming out from the Plaza Alfonso X of Luarca at 9:00 am. Sunday dawned rainy which would mark the development of the entire test, because all sections were very slippery. The link to the tranche A-1, Pedreira and Bouza are out of the race due to a breakdown in his Peugeot 206 XSI, very bad luck to the team Team of Ferrol. Already in the first tranche would be the best time to Félix García (Seat Ibiza Cupra) that was very fast, Alberto Hevia (Renault Clio Sport) just a second and slightly behind the Rubén García (Seat Ibiza 2.0 16V). The second tranche "Canedo" was disabled, yet there were people supporting the car also was seen as police stopped to a participant in the trial to ask the driver's license, in our view is a typical Asturian stretch that passes between a house but did not seem to have any special danger because in many places in Asturias are passed between houses. The third tranche was the second run through the A-1 in which repeated the same positions and Félix García increased the lead over Alberto Hevia. Clio Cup in Astur-Cantabrian Félix Álvarez was top of the leaderboard, and behind the Jonathan Cape and Miguel Diego who were very close to each other. In this part Alberto Montes (Ford Sierra Cosworth) one of the candidates to victory in the S group said goodbye to rally from off the road. After the second pass through the segment ending neutralized the first section with 72 teams in the race, and classification led by Félix García Fountain pilot. The second section had two sections with two each morning. In the first installment of the late and heavy rain Alberto Hevia marked the fastest time followed by Felix Garcia and Pedro Burgo latter with a Peugeot 106 which seemed to go pretty fast on water. In this section we should mention the number of highway exits that occurred in the same corner one of them was the Braulio Martínez (Seat Ibiza Cupra) that went well past a right-hander yéndosele the car on the straight and giving a heavy blow a 4x4 amateur and leaving in the middle of the road, the support of the fans who managed to move a bit the car was important to be able to continue disputing the test. A curve later there were several spins and some other off the road like Pelayo (Ford Fiesta) I can not return to the road. After finishing the section, the 4x4 enthusiast who was not in the vicinity when the coup did not want to move the car a bit and clogging call to police reports, was a moment of great tension between the young and the organization as these was asked to move past it, the final fansaway a little car that could compete in the second pass. The second tranche of the evening "The Vidural" Alberto Hevia remained the fastest going very fast despite the storm that had broken out, ahead of Pedro Burgo and Ruben Garcia was doing a good rally. In this section a pilot house of JA Pérez Luarca Motor Club team was out of the test off the road. In the second pass through San Pelayo solved once and point the 4x4 enthusiast, Felix Garcia was off the road and lost a long time, what made Alberto Hevia practically be proclaimed winner of the Rally of Luarca. As for Clio Cup Astur-Cantabrian Felix Alvarez leader and by far, the emotion was in second place because Jonathan Cape Miguel Diego and were only separated by two seconds and everything would be played on the last leg. In the last stage of Rally Alberto Hevia despite not having to risk because he had a big advantage over second placed into the fastest time, followed by Pedro Burgo and Felix Alvarez. The overall ranking was as follows winner Alberto Hevia Luarca Rally VII, the second was for Pedro Burgo and the third for Ruben Garcia. Astur-Cantabrian cup it would clearly Félix Álvarez and second place for Miguel Diego would eventually only leads to Jonathan Cape at the end of the rally just eight seconds. Definitely a nice rally, which was heavily influenced by rain and a lieutenant CANTAMAÑANAS seeking a role that is unable to get in another way: working fine.
On October 9, 2002 at 20 hours and six minutes was received in the Asturian Federation of Automobile Drigo a fax to the president saying:
Referring to the sporting event "VI Rally Villa de Luarca" scheduled for October 13, 2002, the Sub-Traffic Civil Guard reports the following:
"They should remove the section B-1 and B-2" vessel "to be developed in an area with lots of houses and ganadarías, which is very dangerous for the movement of the competitors and for the safety of residents in the area, no being able to ensure the physical integrity of both the participants and the audience. "
What you transfer your knowledge and Club Organizer of the event.
Provincial Traffic Chief PO
The Head of Road Safety Section
Signed.: M ª Isabel González Prieto
Well, welcome to the Lieutenant and the Chief of Section of Highway Safety to test and compare with others that, if this section is to be suspended for these reasons, any rally would be held in this world for the same reasons.
These officers, above, we pay them all. What a country!
Fermin P. Montes.