South Racing Can-Am Team makes strong start in Peru's Desafio Inca

South Racing Can-Am Team makes strong start in Peru's Desafio Inca

15.09.2018: Desafio Inca - Peru round of Dakar Series September 14-16, 2018 Saturday, September 15th, 2018 The seven-strong South Racing Can-Am racing team made a strong start to its challenge for honours in Peru’s Desafio Inca, Peru’s round of

Desafio Inca - Peru round of Dakar Series
September 14-16, 2018
Saturday, September 15th, 2018




The seven-strong South Racing Can-Am racing team made a strong start to its challenge for honours in Peru’s Desafio Inca, Peru’s round of the Dakar Series, on Friday.
 


The team has entered seven South Racing-run Can-Am Maverick X3s in the event and the crews tackled two special stages during the opening leg that wound its way through the Pacific coastal deserts near the towns of Ica and Pisco.
 


American racer Casey Currie teamed up with French navigator Laurent Lichtleuchter to lead the way for the South Racing Can-Am team at the end of the leg , the experienced off-road driver finishing the day in third place behind Can-Am Peru ‘s stage two winner Juan Carlos Uribe and Chile’s former Dakar bike rider Francesco ‘Chaleco’ Lopez.
 


The experienced Brazilian driver Reinaldo Varela and his regular co-driver Gustavo Gugelmin were fourth and the Brazilian pairing of Cristian Baumgart and Alberto Neto were classified in fifth. Chile’s Hernan Garces opted to race alone in his Can-Am and held an impressive sixth overall.
 


Argentina’s Adrian Yacopini and Ricardo Torlaschi ceded some time to their rivals in the fiercely contested SxS category and returned to Ica in seventh position.
 


Portugal’s Miguel Jordão and Lourial Roldan were classified in ninth, but delays cost Brazil’s Marcos Baumgart and his navigator Kleber Cincea over an hour and a half and they were down in 14th of the 22 survivors after day one.
 


The rally continues with two further gruelling desert stages in the Peruvian deserts around Ica on Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

-Neil Perkins, photos South Racing

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