Red Bull Desert Wings ready to roar at Rally Kazakhstan

Red Bull Desert Wings ready to roar at Rally Kazakhstan

08.06.2021: Clockwise: Cristina Gutiérrez, Sam Sunderland, Mattias Ekström & Daniel Sanders © Kin Marcin/Flavien Duhamel/Sebas Romero/Red Bull Content Pool The next mission on the map for the world’s best off-roaders is the 2021 Rally Kazakhstan. Competito

 


Clockwise: Cristina Gutiérrez, Sam Sunderland, Mattias Ekström & Daniel Sanders © Kin Marcin/Flavien Duhamel/Sebas Romero/Red Bull Content Pool


       

The next mission on the map for the world’s best off-roaders is the 2021 Rally Kazakhstan. Competitors on four wheels will be scoring points for the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies while the bikers will be contesting the opening round of the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship.


Five days of cross-country action – including 1,500 kilometres against the clock – start on Wednesday, June 9 and finish on Sunday, June 13. The ultra tough special sections will be staged in the Aktau and Kenderly areas on the Mangyshlak Peninsula of western Kazakhstan.


Fresh from scoring an historic win in Spain, the Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team are jetting east. Cristina Gutiérrez leads the early FIA T3 rankings thanks to victory in Andalucia alongside co-driver Francois Cazalet. This could well be a season to remember for Gutiérrez.



“I hope that we will have a good race here in Kazakhstan. We will do our best and try to have as good a time as possible.” – Cristina Gutiérrez

 


Also at the controls of the Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team’s custom-built OT3 machine in Kazakhstan will be Guillaume de Mevius. The Belgian scored a pair of stage wins on his Junior Team debut in Spain and alongside his compatriot Tom Colsoul will be aiming for more this week.



“My goal for this year is to perform as well as possible throughout the World Cup season.” – Guillaume de Mevius

 

Right on the pace in Andalucia was former DTM and WRX champion Mattias Ekström. The Swede was racing his first ever cross-country race in the car class, behind the wheel of a MINI John Cooper Works Buggy. With countryman Emil Bergkvist reading the pacenotes, the Swedish pair scored fifth place in their new category. The next target is a World Cup podium during the six rounds of the season left to race.
 


Red Bull KTM Factory Racing will be represented by two former FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship winners at the first round of the new season. Britain’s Sam Sunderland (Dakar winner in 2017) and Austria’s Matthias Walkner (Dakar winner in 2018) will be using this six round championship to tune up for another trip to Saudi Arabia next January.



“Hopefully, a strong start to the series in Kazakhstan will lead to another good year.” – Sam Sunderland

 

Rally Kazakhstan will be a first outing as a GASGAS factory rider for Australia’s Daniel Sanders. On his debut Dakar earlier this year Sanders impressed with six Top 5 stage results. He’ll be looking to repeat that kind of consistent riding over the course of an entire World Championship season.




“I’ve not been in rally that long so to be picked up and put on a factory team this early in my career is awesome.” – Daniel Sanders

 


This week’s action beings with a ceremonial start on the Aktau Seashore Promenade on Tuesday, June 8. Then comes five days of timed cross-country racing, measuring a total of 1,500 kilometres. The final podium is set for Sunday, June 13 at the Caspian Riviera Grand Palace.
 







STANDINGS

FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies – T1


1.    Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QAT)     29pts
2.    Carlos Sainz (ESP)    22pts
3.    Yazeed Al-Rajhi (SAU)    17pts


FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies – T3


1.    Cristina Gutierrez (ESP)      28.5pts
2.    Fernando Alvarez (ESP)      18.5pts
3.    Eric De Seynes (FRA)    15pts




 - Red Bull also photos

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