During the week authorities and officials were present at an event to launch this year’s rally event in Adeje, presided over by the Adeje Mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the president of the RFEDA, the Royal Spanish Automobile Federation, Manuel Aviño. This was also an emotional start to the year’s event, with a dedication to the rally ‘doctor’, Atanás Iliev, who sadly died on April 17th, and who received the biggest round of applause for his huge contribution to the Adeje team’s work, (R.I.P.)
This was a presentation with a lot of new additions and news about the staging of what will be the 1st Inter-island and Provincial Championship, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the 2nd Asphalt Canarian Championship, the 4th Spanish Championship and a pre-inspection for inclusion in the European Rally Trophy.
This year the competition will also have the services of ‘Tiempos Online-com’ directed by Juan José Llanos, offering much more information to the pilots arriving at Control Stop; the organisation and chronometers are of better quality allowing for improved time-keeping and this will be reflected in the new screens in the departure ceremony and the departure and arrival screen points. Other news for 2018 will see virtual visualisation, an app for the Rally in Spanish and English, a web with up-to-the minute information, television and radio online during the rally and a security detail with more than 850 people involved to guarantee the proper management of this very important event for the Canaries.
Closing the inauguration Manuel Aviño, president of the RFEDA, stressed again the importance of security and the steps being made by the Adeje team in the inclusion in the Spanish championship and achieving pre-inspection for the European Rally Trophy. Finally the mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga spoke of his pride at the work done by the team, the support of the South Tenerife Town Halls and above all how the rally has grown in stature year after year to become one of the most important events in the borough.