Seth Quintero, Marek Goczal, and Eduard Nikolaev are the winners of the 2022 Dakar Rally stage 11 in their respective categories.
After yesterday’s success in the quads, Marcelo Medeiros opened the way for his opponents on Thursday. He was quick and led at the first three waypoints. Kamil Wisniewski and Francisco Moreno, who were in contention for P2 overall, were behind. The category leader Alexandre Giroud was 4th.
Medeiros kept the comfortable gap until the end of the special and won his second stage in a row. Wisniewski was 2nd, while Moreno had the 3rd best time of the day.
The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally stage 11 in the quads category:
|1||Marcelo Medeiros||Team Marcelo Medeiros||4:53:29|
|2||Kamil Wisniewski||Orlen Team||+5:04|
|3||Francisco Moreno||Drag’On Rally Team||+9:48|
|4||Alexandre Giroud||Yamaha Racing – SMX – Drag’On||+11:55|
|5||Zdenek Tuma||Barth Racing Team||+47:35|
The overall top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally in the quads category:
|1||Alexandre Giroud||Yamaha Racing – SMX – Drag’On||47:26:25|
|2||Francisco Moreno||Drag’On Rally Team||+2:41:24|
|3||Kamil Wisniewski||Orlen Team||+2:44:55|
|4||Zdenek Tuma||Barth Racing Team||+8:09:36|
|5||Carlos Alejandro Verza||Verza Rally Team||+19:10:05|
Seth Quintero had an opportunity to beat the record for most stage victories at one edition of the Dakar Rally. However, he was not the leader at the opening waypoint – he was 8 seconds behind the leader Cristina Gutierrez Herrero.
Quintero came back to the lead at the next waypoint after Gutierrez Herrero lost almost 20 minutes. Francisco Lopez Contardo and Sebastian Eriksson were behind.
Quintero built an enormous gap from Eriksson and Lopez Contardo to win his 11th stage in 2022 and break the record.
The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally stage 11 in the LW prototypes category:
|1||Seth Quintero||Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team USA||3:57:53|
|2||Sebastian Eriksson||EKS – South Racing||+15:18|
|3||Francisco Lopez Contardo||EKS – South Racing||+15:38|
|4||Pavel Lebedev||MSK Rally Team||+18:07|
|5||Cristina Gutierrez Herrero||Red Bull Off-Road Team USA||+24:27|
The overall top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally in the LW prototypes category:
|1||Francisco Lopez Contardo||EKS – South Racing||43:56:34|
|2||Sebastian Eriksson||EKS – South Racing||+55:36|
|3||Cristina Gutierrez Herrero||Red Bull Off-Road Team USA||+4:31:22|
|4||Pavel Lebedev||MSK Rally Team||+4:58:10|
|5||Santiago Navarro||FN Speed Team||+5:03:49|
Aron Domzala got the early lead in the SSVs class. But eventually, he was down in P16, having lost 13 and a half minutes to the new leader Michal Goczal. However, he also had issues and was almost half an hour away from the new leader Marek Goczal at the next waypoint.
Goczal won another stage in the 2022 campaign and got to P3 overall. Gerard Farres Guell managed to finish 2nd and became the new overall leader ahead of the final stage after Austin Jones’ P6 result. Yesterday’s winner Rokas Baciuska took the last podium spot.
The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally stage 11 in the SSVs category:
|1||Marek Goczal||Cobant-Energylandia Rally Team||4:13:12|
|2||Gerard Farres Guell||Can-Am Factory South Racing||+3:37|
|3||Rokas Baciuska||South Racing Can-Am||+6:08|
|4||Rodrigo Luppi de Oliveira||South Racing Can-Am||+10:27|
|5||Luis Portela Morais||BP Ultimate SSV Team||+14:45|
The overall top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally in the SSVs category:
|1||Gerard Farres Guell||Can-Am Factory South Racing||45:24:07|
|2||Austin Jones||Can-Am Factory South Racing||+1:41|
|3||Marek Goczal||Cobant-Energylandia Rally Team||+17:59|
|4||Rokas Baciuska||South Racing Can-Am||+22:46|
|5||Michal Goczal||Cobant-Energylandia Rally Team||+29:14|
Dmitry Sotnikov led at the first waypoint in the trucks, while his Kamaz – Master teammates struggled. Eduard Nikolaev, Andrey Karginov, and Anton Shibalov were all outside of the top 5.
Everything changed at km 127, when Ignacio Casale took over the lead. Karginov and Nikolaev followed him, while Sotnikov was down to P5.
Karginov and Nikolaev overtook Casale at km 169. Only 31 seconds separated the Kamaz drivers. Karginov kept the lead until km 304 when he was overtaken by Nikolaev. At the same time, Sotnikov got to the top 3.
Nikolaev won the stage to keep his title hopes alive. Karginov got P2, having been just 15 seconds away from his teammate. Sotnikov finished 3rd.
The top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally stage 11 in the trucks category:
|1||Eduard Nikolaev||Kamaz – Master||3:54:45|
|2||Andrey Karginov||Kamaz – Master||+0:15|
|3||Dmitry Sotnikov||Kamaz – Master||+2:00|
|4||Martin Macik||Big Shock Racing||+8:02|
|5||Anton Shibalov||Kamaz – Master||+22:23|
The overall top 5 of the 2022 Dakar Rally in the trucks category:
|1||Dmitry Sotnikov||Kamaz – Master||39:54:53|
|2||Eduard Nikolaev||Kamaz – Master||+8:18|
|3||Anton Shibalov||Kamaz – Master||+1:04:50|
|4||Andrey Karginov||Kamaz – Master||+1:47:34|
|5||Janus van Kasteren||Petronas Team de Rooy IVECO||+2:55:19|