The swords are already shining on high. Only one quarter of the calendar has been completed, and, at this early stage of the season, it is becoming a matter of debate who will take the lead, the baton, the initiative, or whatever you want to call it, of a Supercampeonato de Spain of Rallies recently opened a couple of months ago, which, for now, is being, impepinably, something of two: Pepe López and Xevi Pons. The conjunction of land and asphalt that has been the first stretch of this new event has led an unprecedented duel so far, between the generation immediately following Carlos Sainz - the Jaio, Solà, Sordo, and Pons himself, who came to live in the World Cup with 'El Matador'; the mirror where they all looked - and the new sap of our rallies; the new batch of the nineties that is postulated to give the relief to the thirty-somethings who precede them, now embodied, nationally, by a renewed Pepe López, in clear positive trend, which is settling as ever with the new team of Citroën Spain . A possible springboard for him to the house of Versailles where he lives again, eight years later, his pilot fetish: Sébastien Ogier. The sonorous victory at European level - a 'petardazo' for the new C3 - which sealed the Madrid masterly makes three weeks, on the abrasive Canarian asphalt, has put him suddenly in the disparadero, signaling it as possible 'coconut' of the new Supercampeonato. Although, with the table of points in hand, there is still much to be done to truly defeat a World Champion - of the Super 2000 category, in 2010 - as Xevi Pons; always tough and hard to chew, even more on a surface that dominates the back, where he holds four national titles, as is the land, which is measured again this weekend with the young promise of the Citroën team.
The narrow and ambush roads of the Comarca de Arzúa, next to Santiago de Compostela -a tracing practically to the northern sections of Portugal, especially this year, which are more dry and dusty than ever-, will be the scene tomorrow of the third round between Pepe López and Xevi Pons. The headliners of a new Supercampeonato with a bright future ahead, which is renewing in several ways the Spanish rallies spectrum.