With the special test reduced for safety reasons, competitors of the Rally dos Sertões forced the pace in the race of the 2nd stage on Monday (25th), between the cities of Caldas Novas and Catalão (Goiás State). The special had the dispute of 78 km, against 202.23 kilometers planned.
In category T1 FIA (cars), the four-time champion Guilherme Spinelli and the co-driver Youssef Haddad (Mitsubishi Petrobras) accelerated their Mitsubishi ASX Racing and got the victory with a time of 48min30s. Cristian Baumgart and Beco Andreotti (X Rally Team / NWM) were first runners up, just ahead of teammates Marcos Baumgart and Kleber Cincea.
Reinaldo Varela and Gustavo Gugelmin (Divino Fogão Rally Team / Overdrive), who were leading, got a penalty (they over speeded in a radar zone), and dropped to fourth place overall.
Spinelli and Haddad took the lead, with the time of 2h40min45s, followed by Marcos Baumgart and Cincea. “It was a more enjoyable special test than yesterday, although three quarters of it have been canceled, which is a shame, but it was fast, with nice mounds. Anyway, we forced the pace a little more”, said Spinelli.
Of the 45 cars in the Rally dos Sertões 2014, 43 disputed the second stage. Besides the T1 FIA, there are also the categories T1 Prototypes, Pro Brasil, Super Production, Production T2 and Production T2 / TR4.
In T1 Prototypes, the duo João Franciosi / Rafael Capoani (Mitsubishi Petrobras) won and got the overall lead (2h56min50s).
In Pro Brasil, Mauro Guedes and Neurivan Calado (MS Rally) also won and remained in the overall lead (2h54min44s).
In Super Production, Glauber Fontoura and Minae Miyauti (Mitsubishi Ralliart Brazil) still unbeatable after winning the prologue and the first two stages. In Production T2, Vilson Thomas / William Thomas is another duo that won the day’s special and is on overall leadership (3h15min57s).
Six-time champion of the Rally dos Sertões, Edu Piano and co-drivers Solon Mendes and Antonio Carlos de Sales (Ford Racing Trucks / Território Motorsport) won the second stage and they are in the trucks leadership, with 2min52s of advantage for the trio Kenner Garcia / Rafael dal Bello / Raphael Bettoni (Competikar), who was the first runner up Today.
Third Stage: Catalão (GO) / Paracatu (MG)
On Tuesday (26th), the competitors depart towards Paracatu (Minas Gerais State) in the dispute of the 3rd stage of the Rally dos Sertões 2014. There will be 360.45 km in total on the third day (22.20 km of initial liaison, 209.86 km of special and 128.39 km of final liaison).
Between Goiânia and Belo Horizonte, Sertões will go through five more cities. Three will host the rally for the first time: Catalão, Paracatu and São Francisco. Caldas Novas and Diamantina complete the route.
Besides cars and trucks, the Sertões also has disputes in the categories of bikes, quads and UTVs. There are seven stages, more than 2600 km. The dispute has 197 competitors in total from seven countries: Brazil, Chile, Spain, France, Poland, Portugal and the UK. In bikes and quads category, the Sertões will also be valid for the FIM World Cross Country Rally.
2nd Stage Results (unofficial):