The Monster Energy X-raid Team has to cope with a tight schedule, now. Just a few days after the Baja Spain which will take place this weekend, the team will hit the road for Brazil. Having won the Rally dos Sertões in 2012, Stéphane Peterhansel is determined to once again become a factor in the battle for the win, in this year’s edition.
The course of the 10-stage event takes the competitors in a loop through the regions Goiás and Tocantins located in the centre of Brazil. The organisers even made for a marathon stage. In the night between stage five and stage six, (Porangatu – Natividade – Palmas) the drivers have to get along without the support of their teams. And at the end of the 4,000-kilometere event, on 03rd August, the pairings will be back in Goiânia to cross the finish line.
“The Rally dos Sertões is a very special event we have been contesting for many years, now,” says Monster Energy Team Manager Sven Quandt. “Last year, we succeeded in winning it for the first time – courtesy of Stéphane. Brazil represents a major challenge as the paths often are very narrow but require high speed, nevertheless.”
Schedule Rally dos Sertões:
23rd and 24th July: Scrutineering
25th July – day 1:Prologue
26th July – day 2:Goiânia – Pirenópolis
27th July – day 3:Pirenópolis – Uruaçu
28th July – day 4: Uruaçu – Porangatu
29th July – day 5: Marathon stage: Porangatu – Natividade
30th July – day 6: Natividade – Palmas
31. July – day 7: Palmas – Palmas
1st August – day 8: Palmas – Minaçu
2nd August – day 9: Minaçu – Goianésia
3rd August – day 10: Goianésia – Goiânia