|Desafío Inca: Spinelli, Quintanilla and Casale leader, Despres is out|
The second stage of the Desafío Inca took place on an excellent day in Ica, which was marked by the surprise withdrawal of Cyril Despres. David Casteu (motorcycles) and Ignacio Flores (quads) won the stage, while Pablo Quintanilla (motorcycles) and Ignacio Casale (quads) defended their lead in the general classification. Brazil's Guilherme Spinelli put on a fantastic show to grab the stage and extend his overall lead.
Brazil's Guilherme Spinelli (Mitsubishi ASX Racing) gave no respite to his rivals. He stamped his authority once again, taking his second straight victory at the Desafío Inca after prevailing in the first and only special the cars had to tackle today. At 03:33:17, Spinelli was over half an hour faster than Diego Weber, his closest pursuer in the stage.
With a cumulative time of 08:11:11, the Brazilian driver now enjoys a margin of 01:08:46 over the Peruvian Alta Ruta 4x4 team. This lead will take give Guilherme some breathing room ahead of the last stage, in which he will seek to deliver the knockout blow.
Sparks flew in the Motorcycles category, with Frenchman David Casteu (Yamaha YZF 450) coming from behind to win the second stage with a time of 05:03:28. His outstanding ride catapulted him ahead of Chile's Pablo Quintanilla (+4:03) and Claudio Rodríguez (+15:13). Nevertheless, Quintanilla (KTM 450 Rally Réplica) also produced a solid performance and remained in the overall lead at the end of the day.
Pablo's provisional first place is a testament to his consistency in the two stages so far. Fellow Chilean Daniel Gouet also stepped into the spotlight by taking the first section of the day and, all in all, putting on a great show in Ica. Quintanilla now leads the general classification with a time of 08:51:30, ahead of today's winner David Casteu (+7:29) and Claudio Rodríguez (+23:31).
Frenchman Cyril Despres had to quit the race after running into trouble during the second stage. He had been riding strongly when his motorcycle stopped with 20 km to go. Despres said after the stage that he still had not identified the mechanical problem.
Peru's Ignacio Flores (Yamaha Raptor 700R) took his first stage yesterday after fighting his way into the top 3 in the opener. With a time of 05:29:26, Ignacio's win was the first for the local lads in the Desafío Inca. Chile's Ignacio Casale (+2:42) came in second, followed by Argentina's Lucas Bonetto (+32:55) in third place. The Peruvian rider jumped to second overall, right behind Casale, who has a cumulative time of 09:34:34.
The Chilean rider knows this could be enough to hand him the win after today’s stage and will fight to defend his 25:10 lead over Flores. If he stays strong, tomorrow could be Ignacio Casale's big day.
2013/10/06 | 16:43 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/HR