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Rally dos Sertões 2023: Two wheel drive makes history at Sertões Rally

Rally dos Sertões 2023: Two wheel drive makes history at Sertões Rally

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On Saturday it was the finnish of the 31st edition of the Sertões Rally, a race rich in history, adventure and popularity in South America. For the first time ever, it was won by a 2WD in the car category and we couldn’t be more proud of this achievement.

The collaboration between Century Racing and Bajatek is going from strength to strength. Kevin Delcros, team manager at Bajatek: "It's taken 7 years with Marcelo to achieve this result, we are so happy to finally get the win. We are a small team with limited budget facing very strong competition, but this great group of guys clearly overachieved these past ten days. The atmosphere was fun all the way, and that makes the win even sweeter! Next is Rally du Maroc and Dakar 2024, let’s see what we can achieve with Marcelo and Cadu in their new Century CR7 T1+."

There was a total of 123 cars and UTVs combined competing in the event, 42 of which were cars and 13 of that were FIA spec T1 and T1+ cars. The competition was strong and the win did not come easily as Marcelo and Cadu played the long game over the 8 stages, 2080km of racing and a total of 3800km covered.

The general comment by competitors is that it was the best and most challenging route they have experienced to date in this rally, with the terrain changing constantly. In a day and age where the perception is that two wheel drive vehicles are becoming obsolete, it is interesting to note that a CR6-T has now won 2 of the biggest stage races of the year (Morocco Desert Challenge and Sertoes Rally).

Brian Baragwanath, technical manager during the event and CR test driver: “Although most of our resources in the past few months have been focused on the imminent CR7, we have never stopped developing our CR6-T and still believe there’s a place for 2WD cars in the field. We hope to still build many more of these fantastic cars for years to come.”

Finally, congratulations to the second Bajatek entry of Carlos Ambrosio and Luiz Poli who finished their first event in over four years. After an eventful first few stages, they made up time and climbed back up the rankings to put their V8-powered CR6 4th overall at the finish line.

Be certain to find a lot more Century cars on the start line of the 32nd edition next year where we will be chasing a back-to-back event win!

 

Source Century Racing

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