2018 Mille Miglia Results: A win for veteran Argentinian Juan Tonconogy
Juan Tonconogy of Argentina has won the Mille Miglia – again. The 2018 edition of the legendary Classic Car Rally featured several new twists: Teams completed the route from Brescia to Rome in four daily sections. The stretch from Tuscany into the Po valley crossed the Passo della Cisa rather than a classic pass like the Passo della Futa. And the organizers decided to add a second major city to the race, with drivers having to tackle Milan as well as Rome.
None of these challenges fazed veteran driver Juan Tonconogy. After wins in 2013 and 2015 with Guillermo Berisso, he crossed the finish line first in 2018 alongside Barbara Ruffini. He and Ruffini had already won the 1000 Millas in his home country of Argentina. This year he chose not to race in a Bugatti. Like the second and third placed teams, he completed the 2018 course in an Alfa Romeo. His winning car was a 6C 1500 Gran Sport “Testa Fissa” built in 1933, a model that stands as a perfect symbol of Alfa Romeo’s dominance in the 1920s and ‘30s.
All of the top places in this year’s Mille Miglia went to pre-war cars. The first post-war finisher was the 1949 OSCA MT4 1100 2AD, which the duo of Takigawa/Takigawa drove to 20th place. It seems that the preferential treatment given to older cars still provides a decisive advantage.
You can find the full results by visiting the website of the 2018 Mille Miglia.
Photo courtesy of Mille Miglia.