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Dakar 2024: Brazilians overcome 48-hour stage and climb the Dakar rankings

Dakar 2024: Brazilians overcome 48-hour stage and climb the Dakar rankings

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  • Cristian Baumgart and Beco Andreotti climbed from 21st to 15th place in the overall standings in the Cars - Ultimate category.
  • Marcos Baumgart and Kleber Cincea suffer their second stage abandonment, but should return to the race

In the last 48 hours, the Dakar has set itself one of the greatest challenges in its 45-year history. There were 549 timed kilometers to be completed in two days, in which drivers and navigators slept in tents and ate military rations to continue the race.

Cristian Baumgart and Beco Andreotti overcame the stage well and finished the sixth stage with the 13th best time, in a stage in which the then vice-leader Nasser Al-Attiyah faced problems. "It was almost 10 hours of racing, the hardest we've ever done: difficult driving, navigation, terrain, tiredness... But it was great. We slept in tents in the middle of the desert, the military rations they gave us were surprisingly good. We saved the car, following Loeb a bit, then Lucas. It was great, everything worked out. It's a shame what happened to Marcos and Kleber, but we kept going," said navigator Beco Andreotti.

The duo moved up a position in the overall standings from 21st place and now occupy 15th place overall among the cars in the Ultimate category, the fastest of the rally. In the same category, Lucas Moraes and Armand Monleon also gained positions and are now in fourth place.

Marcos Baumgart and Kleber Cincea, also from X Rally, once again had technical difficulties with the Prodrive Hunter. On Thursday, the first part of the sixth stage, the South American champion duo were driving at a strong pace, among the frontrunners, when the car's engine suddenly went out.

"We started the 48 hours with everything in order and we were having an excellent race. We were sixth at kilometer 390 and 20 km from the finish our engine switched off out of the blue - no alarms, no previous problems, no safety mode, nothing. The car was fine, no leaks. The team told us to stop and the car was taken to Riyadh to assess the problem," said Kleber Cincea. According to the navigator, he and Marcos will set off on Sunday (14) for the seventh stage, which goes from the Arab capital to Al Dawadimi, a day of 873 kilometers, 483 of them timed.

The X Rally Team is sponsored by Vedacit, Motul, BF Goodrich, Rodobens, Center Norte, Rock and Opaoma.

 

Automatic translation of the Portuguese version available on www.todoterreno.pt
Source: X-Rally's official press release
Photo: Victor Eleutério/FOTOP

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