Grand Prix History in Scale Models

1989, IXO, Pegaso, Salvador Canellas, Salvat Colleccion Camiones Pegaso, Truck Racing

1989 Pegaso Troner 1286 Canellas

Spanish truck manufacturer Pegaso was involved in European Truck Racing Association (ETRA) Championship, the predecessor of the modern ETRC, in 1988 – 1990. Pegaso made its debut in the 1988 ETRA Championship, specifically in its local race, the one held at the Jarama circuit. The drivers Andy Dawson and Antonio de Dios drove red-painted Spanish trucks. After the 1989 races Pegaso decided officially to continue in the championship, gaining sponsorhip from CS, the INI Group (owner of Pegaso) and Pirelli. Pegaso competed in the Class A for the trucks with the smallest engines up to 11950 cc. The entire championship would be attended in 1989 except the Swedish race at Mantorp Park. As the pilots, Salvador Cañellas and Juan Escavias were signed. Salvador Cañellas from Barcelona had a very extensive curriculum that included motorcycling, rallies, and touring car circuits. He was linked to Pegaso through its Dakar team. In 1988 he had driven the Pace Truck in the Jarama race. Juan Escavias from Madrid was less known to the general public and came from touring car racing circuits, where he won the Seat Fura Cup in 1985. In the 1989 season Cañellas driving the truck No. 78 achieved his best results in  the second race at Jarama finishing 5th, and was classified in the final championship standings 9th. Escavias in Pegaso No. 77 was 5th at Hungaroring race two, and finished the championship 11th. In the manufacturers’ standings Pegaso was 6th among 7 makes in Class A. In the 1990 Pegaso works team continued to race full season with both drivers remaining in the team demonstrating much better performance. Escavias finished 3rd in the first race of the first round at Brands Hatch, than took another podium finish at Paul Ricard and finally won both races of the final round at the home soil at Jarama. Cañellas scored two 3rd place finishes (at Nurburgring and Jarama). In final Class A standing Escavias was 5th, Cañellas 7th, and Pegaso team was 5th among 10 manufacturers in the class. Italian company Iveco bought ENASA, Pegaso brand owner  in 1990, and after the final signing of the sale of the company on January 1, 1991, Mario Mazzali, who would be president of Iveco-Pegaso, announced that the racing team project was cancelled. In fact, Pegaso was seen as semi-works team in 1991 and 1992 season at its home track at Jarama with Escavias and Cañellas as the drivers. The duo finished 3-4 and 4-5 in the two races of the 1992 Spanish round of the ETRA, and it was the final appearance of the Pegaso in the truck racing.

1989ETRA Championship
Driver No.Entrant
Salvador Canellas78Pegaso
Scale ManufacturerCollection
1:43IXOSalvat Colleccion Camiones Pegaso
Cat. No.QualityRarity
No. 53

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