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Chilean, Uruguayan and Argentine victories in the first stage of Desafío Guaraní

Chilean, Uruguayan and Argentine victories in the first stage of Desafío Guaraní

The Chilean Francisco ‘Chaleco’ López took the first motorcycle stage of the Desafío Guaraní, while the Uruguayan Sergio Lafuente obtained the first place in 4 × 2 Quads, in a route marked by the mud and with a start and finish in Asunción.
InterIn cars, the winner was the Argentine Juan Manuel Silva, who completed the 581 kilometers of the circuit in the company of his co-driver, his compatriot Eduardo López.
‘Vest’ (KTM 450 Rally Replica) was the one who best adapted to the harsh conditions of the stage, as evidenced by the Frenchman David Casteu (KTM 450) surpassing the second to reach the finish line by two minutes, and by almost 10 minutes to the third, Chilean Pablo Quintanilla.
Quintanilla (KTM 450 Rally Replica) benefited from the abandonment of Argentine Javier Pizzolito, with electrical problems on his Honda CRF450, and possibly re-engaging on Tuesday’s stage.
Lafuente (Yamaha Raptor) clearly prevailed over his rivals and achieved an advantage of 14 minutes against the second, the Paraguayan Nelson Sanabria (Yamaha Raptor), and more than 28 minutes to the third, the Peruvian Alexis Hernández.
In statements collected by the organizers of the test, the Uruguayan recognized the hardness of the stage due to the amount of mud on the roads through which it passed, between the departments of Cordillera and Paraguarí.
The mud was especially hard on Sanabria, who is competing for the first time in a Cross Country stage, and whose machine showed problems with oil pressure.
In cars, Silva (Prototype Colcar) will start on Tuesday with just 17 minutes over the second to step on the finish line, Paraguayan Viktor Rempel, flanked in his Proto Audi Evo 3 by his son, Vernon Rempel.
The third was the Bolivian Marco Bulacia and Abel Salazar (Toyota FJ Cruiser), three and a half minutes from Silva.
The second day will culminate in Ciudad del Este, on the border with Brazil, more than 500 kilometers in which the drivers will not be able to receive assistance from their teams and will have to act as mechanics.
28 motorcycles, 15 4 × 2 quads, 7 4 × 4 quads and 23 cars participate in the race. The Desafío Guaraní will be added between July 20 and 24 to the other two tests: the Desafío Ruta 40 and the Desafío Inca, scheduled for the second week of September in Peru.

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