Argentine motoring suffers a deepening crack: what are the causes

Perhaps it is the hardest thing that has been heard in recent times in the environment of Argentine motorsports. At least publicly, of course. A series of complaints were registered that conspire against the freedom of action in the activity, with crossings of responsibilities and even a certain complicity, according to the harsh opinions heard.

Just as in different areas, and especially in the vernacular political, notorious differences are perceived, known as “cracks”, Argentine motoring is also traced by one, which has divided the activity for many years. Although it seems that only now voices are beginning to be heard that undress her.

National motorsports is made up of the group that belongs to the categories that are under the wing of the Automobile Sports Commission (CDA) of the Argentine Automobile Club (ACA), and the other, made up of the disciplines that respond to the interests of the Association Highway Tourism Corridors (ACTC).

The entity that has representation before the International Automobile Federation (FIA), is the ACA. If an analogy with football is allowed, the ACA would be like the Argentine Football Association (AFA) against the International Federation of Associated Football (FIFA). But in motorsport, the ACTC, with Road Tourism as its banner, became strongoccupying a place of power left “vacant” by the ACA itself.

The issue was raised in the program “Escudería Carburando”, which is broadcast by TyC Sports, where in addition to presenting the issue, voices were heard that were very harsh in the face of this reality that, despite the fact that the protagonists and those involved do not admit it, most of them, openly, are victims of a very particular situation, since it went so far as to prohibit pilots from participating in both groupsand even a job of “inviting” pilots is carried out in a sustained manner so that they no longer participate “from the other side”.

The subject, from its presentation, had enormous repercussion. On the one hand, Javier Ciabattari, head of the TC2000 FDC team, accused engineer Carlos García Remohí, head of the CDA of the ACA, of a certain ineffectiveness that borders on complicity in this situation of antagonisms against the ACTC.

“The big problem is called Carlos García Remohi,” said Javier Ciabattari.

“The crack is not TC2000 against Turismo Carretera. It is the Automobile Club Argentino-FIA and the ACTC. That is where the division occurs. but there it is the big problem with name and surname and his name is García Remohí. I read a note that they made to him, I think it was in Carburando, where he said that he was happy because there were many trucks and many cars at the TC”, Ciabattari expressed bluntly on the “Escudería Carburando” program.

And he added: “Obviously the one who has to defend us, the one who represents us and says out there that his category is the TC2000, actually doesn’t give a damn. I don’t wonder why he says that. I wonder how much he says it for.”

Secondly, Ernesto Bessone, one of the great champions of national motorsport and now driver of a National Tourism team, complained about a tyrannical handling from the ACTC, which forces drivers to cross the sidewalk under threat.

“The crack exists. And I say that this does not correspond. The pilot, who is the one who goes looking for the sponsor, has the right to choose. And if he can run in every category he can do it. It doesn’t seem right to me that a leader comes and says ‘in this one yes and in this one no’”, affirmed Bessone, who added: “It has happened to me. With National Tourism. Drivers who had to leave because they had to race in some other category, specifically the ACTC”.

Tito Bessone, with his pilot son and grandson, who bear his name.

Tito Bessone, with his pilot son and grandson, who bear his name.

The topic exploded in the motorsport environment. The subject, an open secret, was exposed openly. And little by little the different actors of national motorsport come out to express themselves.

The new “strong man” of the local activity is Alejandro Levy, who together with his brother, Diego, were driving the Top Race category and now they have added the TC2000.

The leader stressed: “I cannot deny or affirm that I have some kind of pressure from the ACTC. if i can say that many riders wanted to be part of the Top Race and the TC2000 and due to a strange circumstance two days later, for strange reasons they dropped out. This is something that everyone knows, journalism, drivers, teams. Why do they pass and where do they come from? I can’t say for sure, but everyone knows him intimately. It doesn’t make sense that a driver can’t be part of a category.”

Hugo Mazzacane, head of the ACTC, also spoke, who, faced with the accusations, came to the crossroads: disassociating himself from the accusations with great diplomacy: “It seems to me that the growth of the ACTC is natural. I’m not going to analyze those kinds of statements because I think that what we have to work on is to further improve the national motorsports that we have”. And he added: “The pilots do not consult me ​​if they can race in other categories. The pilots are not from the categories, they run where they want. I can’t tell a driver to stop racing in the TC to go to another category. The protagonists contribute money and go to run where it suits them best, ”he concluded.

The president of the ACTC, Hugo Mazzacane.

The president of the ACTC, Hugo Mazzacane.

With the “on” in silence, in the “off the record” the majority approves that these characteristics marked by the aforementioned protagonists be “ventilated”. However, inaction dominates the scene. Let someone else say it, I keep my business, it is the thought that stands out in the activity.

Perhaps it is also no coincidence that those who have come out to break the silence, such as Bessone and Ciabattari, are two personalities who are “sentenced” by the ACTC. And in the face of that, there is nothing to lose. The rest, as much as it coincides, mostly takes refuge in silence. That he is surely complicit in the situation if he thinks otherwise but does not act or manifest accordingly. “The crack exists, the easiest thing is to shut up,” said Bessone.

The overwhelming and even, according to many, unscrupulous actions of the ACTC, and passivity, for some almost an accomplice of the ACA, provided fertile ground for a deepening crack in national motorsports.

Just as it was accused, those affected are the protagonists themselves who suffer from this present of national motoring. As much as the current system acts to the detriment of their own interests.

“Divided TV made us lose strength”

The “crack in motorsports is not a new topic, even though it has now found its sounding board. In fact, the issue began back in February 2012, when the National Government, then chaired by Cristina Fernández de Kirchner but executed by the vice president, Amado Boudou, created “Automobilism for All”, something similar to what happened with football, and that still remains on the screen of Public TV today.

From that agreement between the Association of Highway Tourism Corridors (ACTC), chaired by Oscar Aventin, and the National Government, motor racing was divided on the TV screen, since until then the national activity was channeled through the production Carburando, on the screens of El Trece and TyC Sports.

Since then, the TC 2000 and its categories, like the Top Race, have maintained their place in Carburando, while the ACTC has taken its disciplines, with Road Tourism as the spearhead, on Public TV.

Regarding the “crack” in national motorsports, the driver Facundo Ardusso commented: “The fact that motorsports is divided makes us lose strength, specifically that it is in two different channels. The inspection (ACA and ACTC) has been like this all our lives But when television was divided, we lost strength. It was divided and it’s not good.”