Alexandre Giroud scored a victory in the quads, while Marek Goczal and Dmitry Sotnikov topped the SSVs and trucks in the Dakar Rally stage 8.

Yesterday’s quads stage winner Marcelo Medeiros found himself in the 1st position once again in stage 8. The Brazilian rider opened the stage and led for at least the first 321 kilometers of the special. However, he would just lose out on a second consecutive stage win at the end.

Medeiros and Alexandre Giroud fought neck and neck throughout the entire stage, the gap between the two only reaching as large as 3 minutes. But Medeiros’ momentum didn’t last very long, as Giroud started to break down the 3-minute margin at the 239 km mark.

The Frenchman made up around a minute at each waypoint until he finally surpassed Medeiros at the 358 km checkpoint. This was the last remaining time check before the finish of the special, and Giroud now led by just 9 seconds. Despite Medeiros’ pace throughout the day, Giroud continued his staggering charge to win by 48 seconds.

Sebastien Souday once again looked to be in a good position for the stage, eyes set on redemption after losing almost 40 minutes yesterday. Unfortunately, the French rider ran into misfortune today as well, coming to a stop due to overheating issues.

The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally stage 8 in the quads category:

Pos.RiderTeamTime/Gap
1Alexandre GiroudYamaha Racing – SMX – Drag’On5:02:08
2Marcelo MedeirosTeam Marcelo Medeiros+0:48
3Pablo CopettiDel Amo Motorsports/Yamaha Rally Team+12:26
4Kamil WisniewskiOrlen Team+16:53
5Francisco MorenoDrag’On Rally Team+22:18

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

Pos.RiderTeamTime/Gap
1Alexandre GiroudYamaha Racing – SMX – Drag’On34:41:02
2Pablo Copetti Del Amo Motorsports/Yamaha Rally Team +30:47
3 Kamil Wisniewski Orlen Team +2:12:11
4 Francisco Moreno Drag’On Rally Team +2:35:53
5Zdenek TumaBarth Racing Team+6:15:26

Seth Quintero is on a roll in the lightweight prototypes category. The American driver opened the special and smashed the competition to win by 12 minutes.

It was an impressive stage win, but Quintero remains over 15 hours off the lead in the overall standings. Coming home in the 2nd place was Sebastian Eriksson, who beat Pavel Lebedev by only half a minute.

Meanwhile, Cristina Gutierrez Herrero, sitting P3 in the overall standings before stage 8, dropped dramatically after the first waypoint. She fell to 36th by the 86 km mark, where she sat almost 2 hours off the lead. The day continued to get worse for Gutierrez as she was forced to stop before the seventh waypoint due to mechanical issues.

The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally stage 8 in the lightweight prototypes category:

Pos.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1Seth QuinteroRed Bull Off-Road Junior Team USA4:17:14
2Sebastian ErikssonEKS – South Racing+11:57
3Pavel LebedevMSK Rally Team+12:32
4Francisco Lopez ContardoEKS – South Racing+17:01
5Sebastian GuayasaminSebastian Guayasamin+29:10

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

Pos.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1 Francisco Lopez Contardo EKS – South Racing 32:51:39
2 Sebastian Eriksson EKS – South Racing +1:19:01
3Fernando AlvarezSouth Racing Can-Am+2:55:30
4Santiago NavarroFN Speed Team+4:50:24
5 Pavel Lebedev MSK Rally Team+4:51:35

Rodrigo Luppi de Oliveira became the first leader of the stage in the SSVs class. He topped the charts at 43 km, leading Marek Goczal by 8 seconds. But the Brazilian’s advantage didn’t last until the next checkpoint.

Marek Goczal took over the lead with an edge of 1 minute over Gerard Farres Guell. This duo continued to head the field until Farres Guell fell to the 6th place, losing almost 10 minutes to Goczal. At this point, it was Michal Goczal who followed his brother, taking the places of Farres Guell in P2.

The Goczal brothers remained consistently at the top, separated by around 3 minutes from the 201km mark until the end.

Marek Goczal took the win with a margin of almost 3 minutes over Michal Goczal. The pair finished ahead of Austin Jones, who slipped past Farres Guell to clinch a podium by 5 seconds.

The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally stage 8 in the SSVs category:

Pos.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1Marek GoczalCobant-Energylandia Rally Team4:36:14
2Michal Goczal Cobant-Energylandia Rally Team +2:48
3Austin JonesCan-Am Factory South Racing+8:10
4Gerard Farres Guell Can-Am Factory South Racing +8:15
5Rokas BaciuskaSouth Racing Can-Am+10:08

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

Pos.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1Austin Jones Can-Am Factory South Racing 34:12:38
2Gerard Farres Guell Can-Am Factory South Racing +6:38
3Michal Goczal Cobant-Energylandia Rally Team +14:49
4Rokas Baciuska South Racing Can-Am +29:56
5Marek Goczal Cobant-Energylandia Rally Team +33:17

Anton Shibalov was the opening driver in the trucks category after winning his first stage of the event yesterday. At the 2nd waypoint, though, Dmitry Sotnikov took over the lead ahead of Andrey Karginov.

By the 4th checkpoint, Sotnikov increased his lead to 2 minutes over Karginov. It turned into a 3-minute victory over Karginov as he remained relatively unchallenged for the majority of the stage.

Kamaz dominated the trucks category today, despite the fight that other drivers put in recently, such as Ales Loprais and Janus van Kasteren. Behind Sotnikov and Karginov came Eduard Nikolaev, who would now drop even further behind Sotnikov in the overall standings. Shibalov after a win yesterday came home in P4 to make it a Kamaz 1-2-3-4.

The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally stage 8 in the trucks category:

Pos.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1Dmitry SotnikovKamaz – Master3:56:42
2Andrey Karginov Kamaz – Master+3:11
3Eduard Nikolaev Kamaz – Master+6:11
4Anton Shibalov Kamaz – Master+8:58
5Ignacio CasaleTatra Buggyra ZM Racing+20:10

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

Pos.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1 Dmitry Sotnikov Kamaz – Master30:02:36
2 Eduard Nikolaev Kamaz – Master+11:25
3 Anton Shibalov Kamaz – Master+40:23
4Ales LopraisInstaforex Loprais Praga+1:29:27
5 Andrey Karginov Kamaz – Master+1:41:01

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