ADDC 2024: Baumgart and Cincea finish Abu Dhabi in fourth place overall and climb the World Championship rankings

ADDC 2024: Baumgart and Cincea finish Abu Dhabi in fourth place overall and climb the World Championship rankings

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The Brazilian duo had a consistent rally and ended the second stage of the season on Saturday (2) constantly among the fastest with the X Rally team's Prodrive Hunter. Cristian Baumgart and Beco Andreotti were forced to abandon the race

The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, the second round of the FIA W2RC World Cross Country Rally Championship, came to an end on Saturday (2). And Brazil came very close to the podium with Marcos Baumgart and Kleber Cincea. The Brazilian duo from X Rally, three-time Brazilian rally champions, South American champions and 2020 Sertões champions, finished the race in fourth place overall after the five stages that totaled almost two thousand kilometers.

"It was almost like a redemption for us. Not just for us, in fact, because Nasser (Al-Attiyah, who also competes under the Prodrive umbrella) didn't manage to complete the Dakar, like us, and managed to win here. I translate the feeling here as another achievement. Seventh in Morocco last year, fourth here... Maybe a podium next time? You can't give up or stop dreaming. We're here fulfilling our dream and now we're going to the Portugal stage extremely motivated," said Marcos Baumgart.

Navigator Kleber Cincea highlighted the size of the technical challenge in the Abu Dhabi race. "Five days of racing and we took home fourth place, which is an excellent result for us and the team. We had a lot of difficulty, with heavy sand, dunes of all sizes and types. Five very tough and demanding special stages. Each day we managed to improve our pace and increase our performance. It was very fruitful and enjoyable, and now we're going to Portugal to take more experience with us and hope for another good result," he concluded.

The Dakar counted as the first stage of the World Championship, so Marcos and Kleber scored points in the second stage and climbed several positions in the ranking, now in 14th place with 14 points in the Ultimate class among the cars. According to Baumgart, there's plenty of room to go higher. "It's a very strong championship, with a very high-level grid. However, we're proving that we can compete at a similar level, and that gives us a lot of encouragement to keep going further and further," he explained.

Cristian Baumgart and Beco Andreotti, who finished the Dakar in eighth place among the teams entered for the World Championship, had to abandon the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge on the first day of the race after a "slow motion" rollover. Driver and navigator suffered no injuries, but the FIA's technical inspection after the accident detected damage to the protective bars of the chassis, preventing the Brazilians from continuing in the race.

"It was a shame, because it's a very difficult race but at the same time enjoyable. We hit a 'cut' dune, which was more like a sand cliff. We stopped, the car went out and when we started again, the car flipped forward and we rolled over," Cristian recalled. "Unfortunately we couldn't continue for safety reasons, but all in all it was very good for the team with Marcos and Kleber. In Portugal we'll have a lot of ground to make up," concluded Beco. With the abandonment in Abu Dhabi, the duo dropped from eighth to 12th in the points.

The Baumgart brothers' next challenge with X Rally will be the third round of the W2RC, from April 2 to 7 at the Ultimate Rally-Raid in Portugal.

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

Final Results (Cars) Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (Top-5)
1. Nasser Al-Attiyah/Edouard Boulanger (Prodrive Hunter) - 16hr 20min 09sec
2. Yazeed Al-Rajhi/Timo Gottschalk (Toyota Overdrive) - 16hr 36min 34sec
3. Seth Quintero/Dennis Zenz (Toyota GR DKR Hilux) - 16hr 47min 55sec
4. Marcos Baumgart/Kleber Cincea (Prodrive Hunter) - 17hr 34min 39sec
5. Pau Navarro/Andreas Schulz (Mini John Cooper Works) - 17hr 47min 11sec

Automatic translation of the Brazilian Portuguese version available on www.todoterreno.pt
Source: X Rally Team
Photo: A.S.O. / DPPI

 

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