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Dakar 2024: Dakar completes a week with Moraes rising from 10th to 4th in the overall classification
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Dakar 2024: Dakar completes a week with Moraes rising from 10th to 4th in the overall classification

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In the last two days, the Brazilian recovered from a rollover, going from tenth to fourth in the classification

Brazilian Lucas Moraes' Toyota GR DKR Hilux was once again featured in the 2024 edition of the Dakar Rally, which runs until January 19th in Saudi Arabia. This Thursday and Friday, during the sixth of the event's twelve special stages, the driver of the Toyota Gazoo Racing team and the Spanish navigator Armand Monleón set a strong pace and jumped from tenth to fourth place in the general classification, once again reaching positions that yield podium in the iconic international challenge.

"Today we ended the first of two weeks of the Dakar. I'm very happy with our first week”, summarized the Brazilian, who has support from SpeedMax, Red Bull, Repsol, Strava, Oakley and Zapalla. “Last Tuesday, We achieved the first Brazilian victory in history in a stage of the main category, which was a very special moment for us. And between today and yesterday we covered around 600km in a row on dunes, an infinite up and down. I doubt you'll find anyone who isn't in pain on the neck, because we were jumping all the time and the head weighs a lot in this situation. Now it's time to look ahead and, who knows, reach the top 5 again. Thanks to our team, who did a fantastic job! And let's go! ", he concluded.

The Brazilian driver's recovery was remarkable, especially after the rollover suffered by the pair during Wednesday's special, when fellow Brazilians Marcos Baumgart and Klever Cincea stopped to help put the car back on four wheels. “This accident hurt us a lot. And if it weren't for Marcos and Kleber, our loss would be much greater. I will always be very grateful to them for this help”, said Lucas Moraes.

The victory in the sixth special went to Frenchman Sebastian Loeb and Belgian navigator Fabian Lurquin, who drive a Prodrive Hunter.

 

Automatic translation of the Portuguese version available on www.todoterreno.pt
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