|Dakar Rally 2013: Marcos Patronelli followed footsteps of older brother.|
The field was stronger and more competitive than ever before in the short history of this category. With twelve nationalities on the start line, Marcos Patronelli's victory was nothing to sneeze at.
The Argentinean followed in the footsteps of his older brother Alejandro (winner in 2011 and 2012, but absent from this edition) and took another win to go along with his triumph in 2010.
The Patronellis extended their iron rule (with the younger brother winning four stages and taking the rally with 1:35 hours to spare on runner-up Ignacio Casale, and 3:18 hours on third-placed Rafal Sonik from Poland), but the 35th edition also saw the rise of new players who proved their mettle from their Dakar debut.
Among them, South African Van Biljon, Sebastian Husseini and Aussie Pal Smith, all of them stage winners, as well as Peruvian Ignacio Flores and Chileans Casale and Palma. A clear signal of the rise of new credible and unabashed competitors ready to challenge the Argentinean brothers. Could next year be a watershed moment?
2013/01/21 | 15:05 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ASO