N°401 Lightweight vehicle SOUTH RACING CAN-AM

FRANCISCO LOPEZ CONTARDO

(chl) 1.75m / 78kg

Hobbies

Mountain bike, escuchar discos de rock en vinilo

Sponsors

Copec, Red Bull, Garcés Fruit, BCI Seguros, TSM, Can Am, Maxxis, Mobil, Tepillé, Würth, Conveyor Belt, Mall Sport, Clínica Meds, Specialized, DC, Oakley

2020: SSV/ 3º 2 victorias de etapa
2019: SSV/ 1º
2014: Moto/ Abandono en la etapa 6
2013 : Moto/ 3° 5 victorias de etapa
2012: Moto/ Abandono en la etapa 8 1 victoria de etapa
2011: Moto/ 4° 1 victoria en etapa
2010: Moto/ 3° 3 victorias de etapa
2009: Moto/Abandono en la etapa 13 1 victoria en etapa
2007: Moto/Abandono en la etapa 8

2019: 23º en la clasificación general (13º en la RC2) del WRC Rally de Chile.
2018: 1º en el Campeonato Nacional de Rally Cross Country, Categoría UTV; Abandono en el Desafío Inca.
2017: 1º en la Categoría R2 del Campeonato Rally Mobil; 2º en el Campeonato Nacional de Rally Cross Country, Categoría UTV.
2017, 2016, 2015: Participación en el Campeonato Rally Mobil.
2013: 2° en Desafío Ruta 40; 4° en Rally de Marruecos
2012: 7° en Rally de Qatar; 3° en el Rally de Marruecos
2011: 3° en Rally de Egipto
2010: Ganador del Rally de Túnez; 2° en Rally de Egipto
2009: 3° en Rally de Túnez, 8° en el Rally de Egipto
2008: 2° en Rally de Dubaï; 2° Dakar Series de Europa Central; 3° en Rally de Cerdeña.
2007: 4° en Rally Patagonia-Atacama, (1° en 450cc); 4° en Rally de Cerdeña, (1° en 450cc); 5° en Rally de Dubai.
2006: Campeón del Mundo de Rally (450cc); 5° Rally de Egipto, (1° en 450cc); 4° en Rally de Marruecos, (1° en 450cc); 3° en Rally de Argentina, (1° en 450cc); 5° Rally de Brasil, (2°en 450cc)

Interview

“I am going to battle right from the start”

Francisco « Chaleco » López will celebrate his tenth Dakar participation in the Saudi dunes. The Chilean raider, who is an icon in his home country, was a headliner in the days of the Dakar in South America. Now with a title in SSV to his name he returns more and more to his favourite stomping ground, the desert. In seven starts in the bike category between 2007-2014, he finished third overall in 2010 and 2013. He finished fourth in 2011, while the other four attempts were cut short. In all, he racked up 11 stage wins. After a five-year absence, “Chaleco” returned to the Dakar in 2019 in the new Side by Side category. And he didn’t need much time to adapt as he won the Peruvian edition. In 2020, the native of Curicó won two stages on his way to finishing third. Now a fixture in the category, he is back, once again, with co-driver Juan Pablo Latrach – who will be taking part in his eighth Dakar - behind the wheel of a Can Am XRS prepared by South Racing. To make up for a lack of seat time in 2020, “Chaleco” and Juan Pablo completed a training routine between Santiago and Copiapo and at the end of November they were able to test the vehicle with the team in Portugal. True to his brave and provocative style, the Chilean promises he will go for first place right from the start.

F.L.C.: “A few weeks ago, I was able to concretise my participation in the Dakar 2021 in a different way because of the pandemic. For this reason, 2020 has been very difficult and full of uncertainties. We had a very clear calendar, but because of Covid-19, everything changed.
This is my Dakar and I'm going all out, as always, to go for first place right from the start with my team. The idea is to fight for the top of the standings from day one with the Can Am XRS. For this reason, I would like to thank all the partners who have once again put their trust in me, my navigator and my team".

J.P.L.: "I saw videos about the electronic roadbooks and they explained to me how they work, as they were put in place in October during the Andalucía Rally in Spain. Basically, it's the same paper roadmap that is now digital and includes the GPS, which indicates the course and speed, all with different colours. We used to do it by hand, but now it will save us time. It's so that the big teams don't gain an advantage, which will allow a fairer competition and help to level the playing field.”

Vehicle

SOUTH RACING CAN-AM

  • Mark : CAN - AM
  • Model : XRS
  • Performance tuner : South Racing – Can am
  • Assistance : South Racing – Can am
  • Class : T4.1 Turbo production SSVs

Ranking 2021

Scratch Stage General
0 8 8 8
1 3 3 3
2 3 3 1
3 1 1 1
4 6 6 1
5 1 1 1
6 28 28 4
7 1 1 4
8 1 1 3
9 1 1 1
10 6 5 1
11 2 2 1
12 11 11 1

All news of F. Lopez contardo

Reactions - 15/01 14:40 [GMT +3] - Véhicule Léger

Francisco “Chaleco” López: “I am very happy with the win, it's perfect”

 Francisco “Chaleco” López, the winner of his category in 2019 on the last Dakar organised in South America, added a second triumph to his roll of honour after having to make do with the third step on the podium last year. Despite a complicated time on stage six when he dropped from first to fifth place in the general standings, the Chilean regained the...

Newsflashes - 15/01 13:46 [GMT +3] - Véhicule Léger

Lopez grabs the crown

Kris Meeke has won his second special of the year. The British driver, who has experienced ups and downs during the 12 stages of the rally, finished the day with a lead of more than three minutes over Cristina Gutiérrez and Reinaldo Varela. Chaleco finished 12’30’’ behind the stage winner and conceded a little less than 2’30’’...

Newsflashes - 13/01 15:55 [GMT +3] - Véhicule Léger

López first across the line

Being first to start and first to finish is already good news for overall leader "Chaleco" López, but the stage win looks like it'll go to Austin Jones, Michał Goczał or Sergey Karyakin.

 

Reactions - 12/01 18:47 [GMT +3] - Véhicule Léger

Francisco López: “The most difficult stage of all the Dakar”

With a win on stage nine 33 minutes ahead of Austin Jones, who only managed to finish tenth on the loop around Neom, Francisco “Chaleco” López returned to the top of the general standings. The Chilean now leads the American by more than 12 minutes.

“It was very fast and there were no problems with my car. The navigation was very good. It was...

Newsflashes - 12/01 18:29 [GMT +3] - Véhicule Léger

A bad day for Quintero and Jones

Austin Jones lost more than half an hour today and Seth Quintero’s vehicle broke down. But two men’s loss is another man’s gain and Chaleco López has regained the lead in the general standings, more than 12 minutes in front of Jones and 38’ ahead of Aron Domżała.

Newsflashes - 12/01 18:25 [GMT +3] - Véhicule Léger

López bosses the stage

Chaleco López has won for the third consecutive day on conclusion of stage nine. The Chilean ramped up his performance throughout the special to grab victory. Khalifa Al-Attiyah, Nasser’s brother, finishes in second position, 11’ behind López. Marek Goczał, Michał’s brother, completes the top 3 to earn his first podium finish.

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Newsflashes - 12/01 11:03 [GMT +3] - Véhicule Léger

López opens the way

Chaleco López, the winner of the last two stages, is the first lightweight vehicle to start the day as he leads out in front of Sergey Karyakin and Reinaldo Varela. Aron Domżała starts in 11th position and will at least have the advantage of following his rivals’ tracks.

Reactions - 11/01 16:10 [GMT +3] - Véhicule Léger

Francisco “Chaleco” López: “It was very, very fast”

The Chilean, who grabbed his 4 stage victory, remains on the attack, trying to make up the twenty minutes separating him from Austin Jones, the new leader of the general standings.

“Fortunately, the marathon stage is finished. It was very difficult. Yesterday, there was a big crash for a biker and I stopped to help him there. But today was good, it was very, very...

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