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Renegade 4x4 racer Sebastian Palma won the 4x4 ATV (class 2) at the 2013 Dakar for Team Nextel Huawei by Can-Am. (Can-Am Sudamerica image)
Ten Can-Am Vehicles Finish 2013 Dakar Rally; Palma Wins 4×4 ATV Class Aboard Renegade 800R X xc.
Team Nextel Huawei by Can-Am had a successful running of the 2013 Dakar Rally as a total of 10 Can-Am vehicles completed the grueling 14-leg, three-country endurance race and its Renegade 800R pilots swept the 4×4 ATV (Class 2) podium. Led by Chilean racer Sebastian Palma Gonzalez, who won stage seven on his Can-Am Renegade 800R X xc ATV and finished fifth overall in the overall quad category on his way to earning the Class 2 title, the team saw six of its nine entered quads complete the rugged 14-day journey from Lima, Peru, to the finish line in Santiago, Chile. Along with the four-wheeled ATVs, Team Nextel Huawei by Can-Am also had all four of its Commander 1000 X side-by-side vehicles finish all 4,900+ miles of the 2013 Dakar Rally in South America.
Stage seven of the 2013 Dakar Rally took racers from Calama, Chile, to Salta, Argentina. The daily route had a 218 km (135 miles) special stage and a stretch in the Andes Mountains with elevations approaching 5,000 feet. The site said racers were faced with temperatures around 15 F.
The ATV portion of the event got under way around 10:44 a.m. in Chile. Heading into the seventh stage, Team Nextel Huawei by Can-Am racer Sebastian Palma was fifth in the overall quad category and first in the 4×4 segment. Claudio Clavigliasso (a fellow Can-Am Renegade 4×4 pilot) was ninth heading into stage seven.
The 2013 Dakar Rally is currently underway in South America as racers from all over the world with all sorts of off-road vehicles (dirt bikes, quads, trucks, buggies, et al) battle the natural and physical elements in Peru, Argentina and Chile. The 35th running of Dakar is being dubbed “The Great Escape” but has nothing to do with WWII or Hollywood, but has enough drama and suspense it could very well be its own film. The race, in its fifth season on the South American continent, takes racers through some of the world’s most challenging desert and mountainous terrain from the January 5 to January 20th (sans the must needed rest day on the 13th). When it comes to off-road endurance racing, there may be no bigger stage than Dakar.
Valcourt, Québec, November 26, 2012 – After a 27-hour battle with the most brutal racing terrain the Baja Peninsula of Mexico has to offer, the Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 team of Josh Frederick, Jeremie Warnia, Collins Webster and Jarrod McClure crossed the finish line ahead of 297 other starters and 1121 miles away from the start line of the Baja 1000 in Ensenada, Mexico. Once across the line, the team was officially declared the Pro ATV-class winner of the 45th running of the Baja 1000.
Valcourt, Québec, November 7, 2012 – Can-Am® ATV racers battled through muddy, slick conditions at the final round of the 2012 Can-Am GNCC racing series in Tennessee, and came away with five class championships. Team UXC Racing / Can-Am racer Cliff Beasley rode his Can-Am Renegade® to a second-place finish in the U2 class and repeated as the class champion. Bryan Buckhannon successfully repeated as the 4×4 Open class champion with his fourth-place run aboard his Can-Am Outlander™ 800R. Kevin Trantham won the 4×4 Lites class on his Outlander 500, finished third overall on the morning podium and notched his third GNCC championship. Despite suffering his first DNF of the year at Loretta Lynn’s, 4×4 Senior (40+) racer Forrest Whorton successfully defended his title on his Can-Am ATV. The final Can-Am champion was Tanner Bowles, who wrapped up the 4×4 Novice class at an earlier round.