The great duel was defined by 9 points
Scalise-Claramunt winners of 1000 Millas 2015
After three intense days during which there were practically no differences, the team on board the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS celebrated one of the closest victories in the history of the 27 editions of the rally.
“Had it not been for the lack of practice and for not running races, we made some mistakes during the first leg. Who knows, we could have made a definition sooner", says Daniel Claramunt, copilot of Claudio Scalise on the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS. This piece of information is rather significant considering the outcome of the race, intriguing till the very final moments.
While Scalise entered the gold book of the 1000 Millas equaling Fernando Sanchez Zinny with four victories, Claramunt celebrated for the first time his the success in the most important classic sports cars rally of the country for 27 uninterrupted years.
The history of the winning team is both special and curious. After meeting in college and losing contact for ten years, in 1998 they met again thanks to the passion they share for cars. From that first Volvo with which Scalise started to take up regularity racing to the Alfa Romeo he used to win this 2015 edition, there are other resounding victories, both national and international. Claudio learned the techniques explained by Claramunt very rapidly, to such extent that from 2002 to 2005 he earned four Historical Sports titles, two 1000 Millas (the third one was in 2008) and the victory on the Nuvolari.
Since 2010 and having in mind proving himself just how much of a regularity expert he was, he started racing in Europe, earning the third place in 2011 and the cherished victory in the Mille Miglia 2012.
“I don't know if I had to shake off the rust or not. This is my fourth victory in the 1000 Millas but the first with Daniel as copilot. The truth is that I wanted to win with him, and this time I could. This way I am closing a very important cycle for me”, acknowledged Scalise during the gala dinner at the Llao-Llao Hotel.
But beyond the disappointment after the defeat, Daniel Erejomovich also has won four times, as he won the historical sports regularity Argentine Championship 2015 (from 2009 till 2011), he is a three-times winner of the Triple Crown thanks to his great performance not only in the 1000 Millas, but also to his victories in the other two races making up this trophy: the Wineries Rally and the Mountain Rally.
“Erejo”, who took up the activity in 2007, rapidly became an icon. “I've always liked games where averages, scoring and technique are involved. In fact, I played - and still play - golf, archery, bowling, all of which one needs to be precise, like in regularity”, comments the one who could not repeat the victory of the 1000 Millas like in 2011 (which took place in Córdoba).
A fan of classic cars, his first collector car - which he still owns - a Jaguar E-Type, Erejomovich acknowledges that his victories this year were the result of a “big preparation that we did with Gustavo Llanos, my copilot, in pursuit of winning everything”.
Although the victory in Patagonia is pending, “Erejo”, with a recently acquired 1929 Bugatti, will seek to attain international victories in the Mille Miglia and Nuvolari, among others.
The recipients of awards in the race were:
Category C: Alejandro López-Gabriel Gourovich (1927 Delage DM)
Category D: Claudio Scalise-Daniel Claramunt (1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS)
Category F1: Pablo and Nicolas Lara (1963 MG B)
Category F2: Luis Zerbini-José Rodríguez (Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 GT)
Category G1: Leonardo Zerbini-Federico Rodríguez Panella (1972 Porsche 911 T)
Category G2: Hernán Repetti-Carolina Diharce (1981 BMW 635 CSI)
Category CAS: Pedro Falconi-Ramiro Bona (1995 Bigliani SN6)
Luciano Viaro Award, Best Foreign Crew: Mattia Colpani-Alberto Gnutti (Porsche 911)
Bitito Mieres Award, Sporting Spirit: Marian Stoch and Albert Szwaj, Poland (1937 Aston Martin 15/98)
Best Car Award: 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS
Best qualified Father-Son Team Award: Guillermo and Ignacio Acevedo (1954 Jaguar XK 120)
Performance Ratio: Gabriele Gnudi-Marco Ianuzzi (1956 Jaguar XK140)
Ladies Cup: Valeria Beruto-Pilar Hermida Lozano (1955 Triumph TR2)
Lory Barra Cup Best Qualified Member: Claudio Scalise
Team Award: Pechuga (Arguelles family)
Category B (pilots): Jorge and Mariano Bernstein (Mercedes-Benz 280 SL)
Gentleman Driver Award: Cesar Litvin- Vicente Labonia (1960 Chevrolet Corvette)