Sun 24 Jul 2022

Soria soars as Clio title edges closer

Paulo Soria maintained his unbeaten run in the Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT - clinching his fourth victory of the season on Sunday at Rally di Roma Capitale.

The Argentinean youngster found himself scrapping with home hero Andrea Mazzocchi on Saturday’s opening leg and trailed the 27-year-old by 7.5sec overnight. 

Soria upped the tempo on Sunday morning, reducing that deficit to just five-tenths of a second after two stages. Mazzocchi then folded under the pressure and crashed out on the very next stage - leaving his rival clear at the top. 

A clean run for Soria across the final loop saw him take the one-make Renault Clio Rally5 series spoils by 38.0sec from Giorgio Cogni. 

He now leads the championship by 37 points from Sergio Fuentes - who finished third overall - with one round to go. Double points will be awarded at Barum Czech Rally Zlín (26 - 28 August), which means only 50 points remain up for grabs.

“I am so happy,” Soria exclaimed. “This was such a challenging rally and I am just delighted that we were able to fight and take the win. 

“Of course, I am really sorry for Andrea. He was driving an amazing rally and setting some fantastic times, but this is part of the game. 

“We have a great lead going to Barum and hopefully we can have another good result there,” he added.

Patrik Herczig ended almost four minutes off the pace in fourth overall with a sizeable advantage over fifth-placed Ghjuvanni Rossi. Turkish driver Emre Hasbay restarted and completed the leaderboard after going off the road on Saturday. 

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