Kevin Benavides and Paulo Gonçalves posted second and third place on the looping circuit starting and finishing in Copiapó, as the first full stage of the 2017 Atacama Rally wraps up.
Kevin Benavides pulled off an excellent first stage fight-back after starting out in tenth position this morning, before battling his way through the field. Team-mate Paulo Gonçalves was likewise displaying solid riding skills and deft navigation to finish 25” off his Monster Energy Honda Team partner.
The 226.18 kilometre timed special stage started out in the outskirts of Copiapó before looping its way around to finish where it began. The day served up 80% sand including some dunes as well as some 85 kilometres of fast track.
Tomorrow’s second stage from Copiapó to Cifuncho will include 25 kilometres of liaison section, 308 kilometres of special stage and a final 50 kilometre liaison section before arriving at the bivouac situated in Tal Tal.
Stage 1 Results / OVERALL after Stage 1
|1||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||2:23'12|
|2||Benavides Kevin||ARG||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+1'10|
|3||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+1'35|
|4||de Soultrait Xavier||FRA||Yamaha Motor Europe||Yamaha||+3'18|
|5||Caimi Franco||ARG||Yamaha Motor Europe||Yamaha||+6'37|
|6||Sunderland Sam||GBR||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+7'01|
|7||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Yamaha Motor Europe||Yamaha||+10'10|
|8||Walkner Matthias||AUT||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+10'11|
|9||Cornejo José Ignacio 'Nacho'||CHI||Cornejo Rally Team||KTM||+10'33|
|10||Renet Pierre-Alexandre||FRA||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+16'17|
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