Manuel Andujar, Michal Goczal, and Andrey Karginov took home the win in stage 2 at the 2022 Dakar Rally in the quads, SSVs, and trucks.
The battle for the lead in the quads category is closer than ever. The top three were separated by only 10 seconds at the start of stage 2, which is 568 km long.
The hard task of starting the stage and opening the way to other participants fell on Laisvydas Kancius. The latter had already fallen back to P7 after 40 km, while Manuel Andujar was in the lead. Last year’s Dakar winner was followed by Alexandre Giroud and Italo Pedemonte.
At km 118, Andujar was still leading ahead of Pedemonte with a gap of 1 minute and 15 seconds. Giroud lost one position and was in the 3rd place. Meanwhile, Kamil Wisniewski, who was fifth at the second checkpoint had some issues and did not reach the third one.
After getting off on the right foot, Pedemonte lost almost 30 minutes, meaning he was not in P2 anymore. Giroud and Pablo Copetti were now second and third, behind Andujar.
Giovanni Enrico started stage 2 in the top five. However, after a problem with his exhaust pipe, he could not go on anymore. More drama happened after Vincent Padrona, who was seventh, suffered mechanical issues. He is trying to fix the problems to resume the race.
Andujar comfortably won stage 2 ahead of Giroud and Copetti by 2 and 5 minutes respectively.
The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally stage 2 in the quads category:
|1||Manuel Andujar||7240 Team||4:27:51|
|2||Alexandre Giroud||Yamaha Racing – SMX – Drag’on||+2:03|
|3||Pablo Copetti||Del Amo Motorsports / Yamaha Rally Team||+5:04|
|4||Laisvydas Kancius||Story Racing S.R.O.||+9:08|
|5||Kamil Wisniewski||Orlen Team||+12:02|
The overall top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally in the quads category:
|1||Laisvydas Kancius||Story Racing S.R.O.||10:52:36|
|2||Pablo Copetti||Del Amo Motorsports / Yamaha Rally Team||+5:32|
|3||Alexandre Giroud||Yamaha Racing – SMX – Drag’on||+18:57|
|4||Aleksandr Maksimov||Chyr Mari||+27:47|
|5||Kamil Wisniewski||Orlen Team||+28:11|
In the SSVs category, the day was opened by Aron Domzala and Austin Jones.
Michal Goczal took the lead in stage 2 at the first checkpoint. He maintained the lead ahead of Domzala and Rodrigo Luppi de Oliveira.
In the end, it was Jones who won stage 2. He took the lead at the seventh checkpoint and finished in front of Luppi de Oliveira and Michal Goczal.
UPD: After the results were revised, Michal Goczal was declared as stage winner with Jones and Luppi de Oliveira completing the top 3.
The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally stage 2 in the SSVs category:
|1||Michal Goczal||Cobant-Energylandia Rally Team||4:10:34|
|2||Austin Jones||Can-Am Factory South Racing||+1:21|
|3||Rodrigo Luppi de Oliveira||South Racing Can-Am||+1:45|
|4||Rokas Baciuska||South Racing Can-Am||+5:08|
|5||Gerard Farres Guell||Can-Am Factory South Racing||+5:16|
The overall top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally in the SSVs category:
|1||Austin Jones||Can-Am Factory South Racing||8:51:19|
|2||Michal Goczal||Cobant-Energylandia Rally Team||+1:52|
|3||Rodrigo Luppi de Oliveira||South Racing Can-Am||+2:28|
|4||Gerard Farres Guell||Can-Am Factory South Racing||+7:21|
|5||Rokas Baciuska||South Racing Can-Am||+32:27|
In the LW prototypes class, drama struck Seth Quintero. The American was on his way to another stage victory, but he suffered a technical issue. He had not reached the finish as of now.
Guillaume de Mevius went on to win the stage. Francisco Lopez Contardo finished second and got the overall lead. Sebastian Eriksson completed the top 3.
The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally stage 2 in the LW prototypes category:
|1||Guillaume de Mevius||Red Bull Off-Road Team USA||4:02:24|
|2||Francisco Lopez Contardo||EKS – South Racing||+4:18|
|3||Sebastian Eriksson||EKS – South Racing||+6:46|
|4||Pavel Lebedev||MSK Rally Team||+16:23|
|5||Cristina Gutierrez Herrero||Red Bull Off-Road Team USA||+19:07|
The overall top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally in the LW prototypes category:
|1||Francisco Lopez Contardo||EKS – South Racing||8:30:15|
|2||Sebastian Eriksson||EKS – South Racing||+7:22|
|3||Pavel Lebedev||MSK Rally Team||+23:48|
|4||Cristina Gutierrez Herrero||Red Bull Off-Road Team USA||+42:45|
|5||Philippe Pinchedez||Pinch Racing||+48:19|
The day finally started for the trucks as well. Dmitry Sotnikov, Eduard Nikolaev, Anton Shibalov, and Andrey Karginov set off for stage 2.
After the third checkpoint, Karginov was leading with a gap of 1 minute 36 seconds ahead of Nikolaev, who was ahead of Sotnikov by only 7 seconds.
At km 199, Karginov was still ahead of everyone. Sotnikov and Nikolaev were right behind him. Janus van Kasteren was in P4, while Ales Loprais completed the top 5.
The man who led the whole stage took home the win with a gap of 38 seconds from Sotnikov. Nikolaev grabbed P3, with van Kasteren and Ales Loprais behind him.
The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally stage 2 in the trucks category:
|1||Andrey Karginov||Kamaz – Master||3:52:07|
|2||Dmitry Sotnikov||Kamaz – Master||+0:38|
|3||Eduard Nikolaev||Kamaz – Master||+2:14|
|4||Anton Shibalov||Kamaz – Master||+4:25|
|5||Ales Loprais||Instaforex Loprais Praga||+6:51|
The overall top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally in the trucks category:
|1||Dmitry Sotnikov||Kamaz – Master||7:59:07|
|2||Eduard Nikolaev||Kamaz – Master||+2:07|
|3||Andrey Karginov||Kamaz – Master||+18:34|
|4||Anton Shibalov||Kamaz – Master||+22:43|
|5||Ales Loprais||Instaforex Loprais Praga||+31:11|