Pablo Copetti, Marek Goczal, and Dmitry Sotnikov took the victories in their categories in stage 3 of the 2022 Dakar Rally.

In the quads, Copetti took an uncontested stage win. He finished more than 2 minutes ahead of Alexandre Giroud in P2.

Manuel Andujar started stage 3 first but dropped to the third place in the finish, 4 minutes behind.

After Laisvydas Kancius’ retirement from the rally, Copetti became the new overall leader.

The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally stage 3 in the quads category:

Pos.RiderTeamTime/Gap
1Pablo CopettiDel Amo Motorsports/Yamaha Rally Team3:12:48
2Alexandre GiroudYamaha Racing-SMX-Dragโ€™On+2:04
3Manuel Andujar7240 Team+4:14
4Marcelo MedeirosTeam Marcelo Medeiros+5:03
5Aleksandr MaksimovChyr Mari+6:57

The overall top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally in the quads category:

Pos.RiderTeamTime/Gap
1Pablo CopettiDel Amo Motorsports/Yamaha Rally Team14:10:56
2Alexandre GiroudYamaha Racing – SMX – Dragโ€™On+15:29
3Aleksandr MaksimovChyr Mari+29:12
4Manuel Andujar7240 Team+31:33
5Kamil WisniewskiOrlen Team+31:35

In the LW prototypes category, Seth Quintero took the stage win. The American started the stage 10th, but led since the first intermediate time and even extended his lead in the last kilometers. He crossed the finish line with the lead of more than 5 minutes over Francisco Lopez Contardo. Sebastian Eriksson took the third place, 7 minutes behind.

The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally in the LW prototypes category:


Pos.
DriverTeamTime/Gap
1Seth QuinteroRed Bull Off-Road Junior Team USA2:52:23
2Francisco Lopez ContardoEKS โ€“ South Racing+5:16
3Sebastian ErikssonEKS โ€“ South Racing+7:03
4Pavel LebedevMSK Rally Team+8:33
5Sebastian GuayasaminSebastian Guayasamin+17:49

The overall top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally in the LW prototypes category:

Pos.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1Francisco Lopez ContardoEKS – South Racing11:27:54
2Sebastian ErikssonEKS – South Racing+9:09
3Pavel LebedevMSK Rally Team+27:05
4Philippe PinchedezPinch Racing+1:19:00
5Fernando AlvarezSouth Racing Can-Am+1:33:19

In the SSVs category, there was a great result for the Goczal family. The two brothers, Marek and Michal, took the first two places in the 3rd stage. Aron Domzala took the third place after a hard fight with a gap of 3 minutes.

The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally stage 3 in the SSVs category:


Pos.
DriverTeamTime/Gap
1Marek GoczalCobant-Energylanda Rally Team2:58:46
2Michal GoczalCobant-Energylanda Rally Team+2:50
3Aron DomzalaCan-Am Factory South Racing+3:08
4Austin JonesCan-Am Factory South Racing+3:48
5Rodrigo Luppi de OlivieraSouth Racing Can-Am+6:43

The overall top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally in the SSVs category:

Pos.DriverTeamGap
1Austin JonesCan-Am Factory South Racing11:53:53
2Rodrigo Luppi de OliveiraSouth Racing Can-Am+5:23
3Gerard Farres GuellCan-Am Factory South Racing+14:04
4Michal GoczalCobant-Energylanda Rally Team+15:54
5Rokas BaciuskaSouth Racing Can-Am+36:25

In the trucks, Sotnikov took the win and thus further extended his lead in the overall standings. Second place was taken by his teammate Andrey Karginov. Nevertheless, Kamaz-Master missed another podium lockout. Janus van Kasteren from the Petronas Team de Rooy IVECO team took the 3rd place.

The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally in the trucks category:

Pos.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1Dmitry SotnikovKamaz-Master2:43:25
2Andrey KarginovKamaz-Master+1:10
3Janus van KasterenPetronas Team de Rooy IVECO+3:08
4Anton ShibalovKamaz-Master+4:22
5Eduard NikolaevKamaz-Master+9:38

The overall top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally in the trucks category:

Pos.DriverTeamGap
1Dmitry SotnikovKamaz-Master10:42:32
2Eduard NikolaevKamaz-Master+11:45
3Andrey KarginovKamaz-Master+19:44
4Anton ShibalovKamaz-Master+27:05
5Ales LopraisInstaforex Loprais Praga+47:08

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