First Rally-Raid podium for GRS Team in an excellent Baja TT Dehesa Extremadura

Round 2 of Spanish Rally-Raid Championship was a highly competitive Baja TT Dehesa Extremadura, where the team was able to display its full potential to obtain its first podium on the series.

Three weeks after the team’s debut on the championship in Jaén, the Spanish Rally-Raid Championship (CERTT) was back this weekend. Baja TT Dehesa Extremadura was the second meeting of the season. This prestigious event, held across both side of the border between Spain and Portugal, was also part of the FIA European Bajas Cup calendar. The competition was therefore fierce and super fast.

Pau Navarro defended the team’s colours again. His Demon Car DT3 nº. 300, scoring in both the Spanish and the European championships, would be one of the main contenders. The driver from Llagostera had youngster Jan Rosa as his new co-driver. Josep Trinidad, at the wheel of the Can-Am Maverick X3 nº. 720, in T4 class, also changed his co-driver from Jaén as Sergi Brugué joined him.

After Thursday evening’s verifications and starting ceremony, action got underway on Friday morning with the Prologue. It was a brief Stage, just a bit longer than 6 kilometres, around Badajoz, where the Baja’s headquarters were located. It allowed us to get ready for what was coming.

SS1 started in Portuguese city Elvas. The first section of this 90-kilometre stage was dominated by dry, dusty surfaces, while the latter stages took place over military trails, located in Spain, where mud played a determinant role. Navarro was 8th, finding himself 5 minutes behind the overall -and T3- lead at the end of Day 1. Trinidad struggled a bit more and was penalised, so he ended the Stage at the back of the field.

On Sunday morning, SS2 took place. At more than 160 kilometres, it was the longest Special Stage of the weekend. Both of our cars were stellar, with Navarro in P2 and significantly closing the gap to the lead of the Baja. Trinidad finished the Stage in an overall P17 and P3 in T4 to climb up to 25th on the Baja classification.

The Final Special Stage saw the team performing again at a magnificent level. Navarro was once more among the fastest to end the Baja in second position, in both the overall classification and T3 (he was 6th overall and 4th T3 in FIA classification, less than one minute behind the leader. GRS is now a CERTT podium finisher thanks to the job done by the whole team to face this new challenge fully ready, and thanks to the stellar performance of Pau and Jan this weekend. Trinidad and Brugué ended the Baja in 19th place overall, and P8 among the T4 entries.

It was a touch weekend, where long Special Stages and tricky terrains caused multiple retirements. The demand of the competition was high, but the whole team reached the demanded level of performance, achieving a great accolade on the team’s history stepping up on the podium in our second event on this discipline. Congratulations all team members who made this result possible. We will keep working to keep fighting at the top.

CERTT will return on May 24-25 with yet another one of its classic meetings. We will be headed to Southern Spain once again to compete on the 11th Baja Lorca – Ciudad del Sol.