The first week of competition seemed to have another color in the Dakar Rally. The victories and good performances sprouted from all categories, and the Latin American representatives were filled with enthusiasm. However, it has been some stages that abandonments and accidents have been shaking the Latino drivers, who are looking to obtain some victory at the end of the most difficult race in the world.
After the abandonment of Luciano Benavides, who had been fighting for the lead in the Motorcycle category, this Wednesday the Chilean joined him Jose Ignacio Cornejo, who was leading the general classification of Quads. On the other hand, some victories were added that generate some hope and add to the list of candidates for the most difficult race in the world.
The abandonment of the day was not by a Latino, despite the fact that the consequences were positive. The austrian Toby Price, who had been second in the race until this Tuesday, had to leave and this gave tremendous help to the Argentine Kevin Benavides. In addition, Benavides managed to stay on the podium of the stage, and consolidate his leadership in the classification.
After finishing the day’s stage, the Argentine Pablo Copetti he had been the fastest of the Quads. However, a five minute penalty delayed him to fourth place. In this way, the Chilean Ítalo Pedemonte was left with the victory, followed by another Argentine: Manuel Andújar. The Buenos Aires native continues to be the first in the general time table.
SSV – Trucks and Cars
The Chilean Francisco ‘Chaleco’ López He was eighth in the SSV category. However with this result he did not lose significant time with respect to his pursuers. Another Chilean, Ignacio Casale, was eighth in the truck stage, placing ninth overall. In the cars, the best of the day was the Brazilian Guiga Spinelli in 17th place. The best classified is another Brazilian: Marcelo gastaldi.
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