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February 9, 2023

PSD president and… rally winner

Victor Ponta, the president of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) twice climbed onto the first step of the podium in the third stage of the ‘Dunlop’ National Car Rally Championship, an event hosted for the first time ever by the Targu Mures municipality. Ponta was Edwin Keleti’s co-pilot of a Renault Clio RS, along with whom won Group A and Roti Motrice Automobile Group 2. Before stepping down from the podium, he originated a champagne bubble bath whose ‘victim’ was none other than the city’s mayor, Democrat-Liberal Dorin Florea.

‘We didn’t necessarily expect , we were champions last year, we had to defend our title, it came out very well, we have crossed the finishing line and I’m glad none of the contestants was hurt badly, and many people came and enjoyed the event. I like more, sports I mean, than politics, since here, you can fully trust your team mate,’ Ponta said. The competition gathered 40 teams, of which two abandoned on account of accidents at Targu Mures and Sanisor respectively.

The third stage of the National Rally Championship in Targu Mures kicked off with the super special event Friday and continued with a further 100 kilometers covered Saturday. The asphalt Praid-Buin-Borzont event was the most eagerly expected, given it’s held as the most difficult, and it also proved the decisive event for the bulk of the teams.

Romania’s and Hungary’s champions, Titi Aur and Szabo Gergo, too were at the start line. The next two stages will be held in Cluj and Sibiu.

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