Santa Cruz hails success of island car rally
The Mayoress of Santa Cruz, Patricia Hernández attended the delivery of the trophies of the 45th edition of the Tenerife Island Overcame Rally and presented the prize to the absolute winners, the drivers Yeray Lemes and Rogelio Peñate.
The first mayor, accom-panied by the councillor for sports, Elena Mateo con-gratulated both the par-ticipants and the organisers for the success of the competition and did not forget those who could not complete it for having suffered some kind of accident or break-down.
Following the departure ceremony held on the Friday, there were two stages: Saturday, with nine timed stages, and Sunday, with two more stages.
As a novelty, this year the competition stage tradi-tionally held on Friday was changed to the Sunday with the aim of seeking more daylight and for the benefit of the safety and image of the sporting event.
As Patricia Hernández pointed out “this is a very demanding test that requires great preparation, since it consists of more than 420 kilometres and has 27 per cent of the total of its route timed, that is, 110 kilometres.”
She also wanted to highlight the effort made by the corporation so that the competition is maintained in the municipality given its importance to stimulate both trade and restaurants, as it travels through the centre and south of the island “taking as a nerve centre the environment of the Plaza de España and the new coastline of Santa Cruz. ”
The Rallye Isla Tenerife, organised by the Rallyten Sport Club, is one of the most emblematic and historic automobile tests of the archipelago and marks an essential date in the regional calendar of Canary asphalt rallies.