Sunday, May 26, 2024

2023 Desafio Ruta 40: From The Checkered Flag’s Newsroom

After four months off, the World Rally-Raid Championship returned to action with the Desafío Ruta 40 in Argentina. As we have done all season, The Checkered Flag covered the race in extensive detail in the months leading up to and during the rally itself.

Missed any stories? Get caught up below!

Pre-race stories

  • 24 November 2022: 2023 Road to Dakar races include W2RC legs, South Africa
  • 20 January: TCF‘s Dakar Rally newsroom
  • 7 March: TCF‘s Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge newsroom
  • 17 March: 2023 Desafío Ruta 40 route revealed
  • 2 May: TCF‘s Sonora Rally newsroom
  • 2 June: Joaquín Debeljuh joins Kove Moto for Desafío Ruta 40
  • 10 June: Paraplegic rider Juan Nimo to run Desafío Ruta 40
  • 18 June: Nicolás Cavigliasso moves up to T3 for Argentina, Dakar 2024
  • 27 June: Skyler Howes, Husqvarna Factory Racing part ways
  • 30 June: CaNav champion Iván Martín entering Desafío Ruta 40
  • 2 July: Gustavo Gallego entering Desafío Ruta 40 in SSV
  • 2 July: Crash injuries force David Tieppo to skip Desafío Ruta 40
  • 3 July: 2021 Argentinian champion Marcio Yampa to run Desafío Ruta 40
  • 4 July: Sebastián Urquía enters Desafío Ruta 40
  • 10 July: Martín Franco entering Desafío Ruta 40
  • 13 July: SARR T3.2 winner Diego Blas entering Desafio Ruta 40
  • 13 July: Matías Innocente to run Desafío Ruta 40
  • 13 July: Carlos Llibre, ALL1 to tackle Desafío Ruta 40
  • 14 July: Desafío Ruta 40 adds YPF title sponsorship, Desafío Ansenuza
  • 15 July: Jeremías Pascual enters Desafío Ruta 40 on Dakar 2024 mission
  • 19 July: Nicolás Etchamendi-designed SSV to début in Desafío Ruta 40
  • 21 July: Now-healthy Michael Docherty returning to W2RC in Argentina
  • 24 July: Bahrain Raid Xtreme confirms no Argentina, focusing on Morocco and Dakar 2024
  • 1 August: Kevin Benavides to miss Desafío Ruta 40 with wrist injury
  • 7 August: Rokas Baciuška skipping Desafío Ruta 40
  • 18 August: 99 on entry list

Overall winners

Class Number Competitor Team Time Recap
T1 200 Nasser Al-Attiyah Toyota Gazoo Racing 15:10:03 Recap
T3 302 Mitch Guthrie Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team 16:22:31 Recap
T4 403 Gustavo Gallego* South Racing Can-Am 18:34:37 Recap
RallyGP 68 Tosha Schareina* Honda Team 15:58:46 Recap
Rally2 21 Bradley Cox BAS World KTM Racing Team 17:01:01 Recap
Rally3 122 Ardit Kurtaj Xraids Experience 23:15:45 Recap
Quad 152 Manuel Andújar 7240 Team 19:24:30 Recap
Open Auto 650 Blas Zapag* Copetrol Rally 23:06:34 Recap
Open T3 670 Jeremías Gonzalez Ferioli* Ferioli Racing Team 17:34:31 Recap
Open T4 678 Juan José Semino* Xcorpion Rally Racing 20:59:00 Recap
Open Moto 608 Rodrigo de Abreu Sallum* MED Racing Team 22:36:24 Recap
Open Quad 623 Santiago Rostan* Pampa Rental Rally Team 25:28:33 Recap
Road to Dakar Auto 678 Juan José Semino* Xcorpion Rally Racing 20:59:00 Recap
Road to Dakar Moto 69 Juan Santiago Rostan* Pampa Rental Rally Team 25:28:33 Recap
* – Not competing in World Rally-Raid Championship

Stage recaps

Stage Date Overall Cars Winner Overall Bikes Winner Recap
Prologue 27 August Nasser Al-Attiyah Adrien Van Beveren Recap
Stage #1 28 August Nasser Al-Attiyah Tosha Schareina* Recap
Stage #2 29 August Juan Cruz Yacopini Tosha Schareina* Recap
Stage #3 30 August Nasser Al-Attiyah Tosha Schareina* Recap
Stage #4 31 August Nasser Al-Attiyah Luciano Benavides Recap
Stage #5 1 September Nasser Al-Attiyah Adrien Van Beveren Recap
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