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Spinelli, Quintanilla and Casale lead the way

The second stage of the Desafío Inca took place on an excellent day in Ica, which was marked by the surprise withdrawal of Cyril Despres. David Casteu (motorcycles) and Ignacio Flores (quads) won the stage, while Pablo Quintanilla (motorcycles) and Ignacio Casale (quads) defended their lead in the general classification. Brazil's Guilherme Spinelli put on a fantastic show to grab the stage and extend his overall lead. Auteur : Bertrand MahéCrédit : ASO Commentaire : Guilherme Spinelli - Youssef Haddad

PARACAS, Perú, 5 de octubre del 2013 (mk) CARS: GUILHERME SPINELLI ON THE DOUBLE

Brazil's Guilherme Spinelli (Mitsubishi ASX Racing) gave no respite to his rivals. He stamped his authority once again, taking his second straight victory at the Desafío Inca after prevailing in the first and only special the cars had to tackle today. At 3 h 33′17″, Spinelli was over half an hour faster than Diego Weber, his closest pursuer in the stage.

With a cumulative time of 8 h 11′01″, the Brazilian driver now enjoys a margin of 1 h 08′46″ over the Peruvian Alta Ruta 4x4 team. This lead will take give Guilherme some breathing room ahead of the last stage, in which he will seek to deliver the knockout blow.

MOTORCYCLES: CASTEU TAKES THE STAGE, QUINTANILLA STILL IN COMMAND

Sparks flew in the Motorcycles category, with Frenchman David Casteu (Yamaha YZF 450) coming from behind to win the second stage with a time of 5 h 03′28″. His outstanding ride catapulted him ahead of Chile's Pablo Quintanilla (+4′03″) and Claudio Rodríguez (+15′13″). Nevertheless, Quintanilla (KTM 450 Rally Réplica) also produced a solid performance and remained in the overall lead at the end of the day.

Pablo's provisional first place is a testament to his consistency in the two stages so far. Fellow Chilean Daniel Gouet also stepped into the spotlight by taking the first section of the day and, all in all, putting on a great show in Ica. Quintanilla now leads the general classification with a time of 8 h 51′30″, ahead of today's winner David Casteu (+7′29″) and Claudio Rodríguez (+23′31″).

Frenchman Cyril Despres had to quit the race after running into trouble during the second stage. He had been riding strongly when his motorcycle stopped with 20 km to go. Despres said after the stage that he still had not identified the mechanical problem. "We still don't know what happened. It was a great rally —what a pity. I hope to be able to continue tomorrow (today), I very rarely quit rallies”, he pointed out.

QUADS: FLORES WINS THE DAY BUT CASALE STAYS IN THE LEAD

Peru's Ignacio Flores (Yamaha Raptor 700R) took his first stage yesterday after fighting his way into the top 3 in the opener. With a time of 5 h 29′26″, Ignacio's win was the first for the local lads in the Desafío Inca. Chile's Ignacio Casale (+2′42″) came in second, followed by Argentina's Lucas Bonetto (+32′55″) in third place. The Peruvian rider jumped to second overall, right behind Casale, who has a cumulative time of 9 h 34′34″.

The Chilean rider knows this could be enough to hand him the win after today’s stage and will fight to defend his 25′10″ lead over Flores. If he stays strong, tomorrow could be Ignacio Casale's big day.

WHAT THE PROTAGONISTS HAD TO SAY

Guilherme Spinelli (cars): "A great stage which pushed us to the limit and put our technical skills to the test. The car performed faultlessly. We're ready for the last day."

Pablo Quintanilla (motorcycles): "A difficult but positive day. I was a bit nervous because I had to open the course, but I focused and now I'm happy to be in the overall lead."

Ignacio Flores (quads): "Things turned out great in the first loop because I was eager to catch the first rider. A nice, long special, an awesome day, we're elated."



Ignacio Casale (quads): "It was a terrific stage. I'm delighted to continue in the overall lead. Time to be extra careful with the bike now, as any mistake could cost us dearly."

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