The Pampas driver David Zille, together with his Cordovan navigator Sebastián Cesana, won the fifth and final stage of the Sonora Rally, in Mexico, a contest that was valid for the third date of the 2023 World Rally Raid Championship.
The native of 25 de Mayo, aboard his South Racing Can Am, won the stage that linked Peñasco with San Luis in the T3 Light Prototype category, with a time of 1 hour, 20 minutes, 31 seconds to travel the 139 kilometers plus a link of 259.
The man from the Pampas, who won his second stage in his history in the world, was escorted by the American Mitchel Guthrie (1:20:52) and by the local Seth Quintero (1:21:20).
The Dakar Rally-style competition featured five stages: Zille was fifth in the first, sixth in the second, fifth in the third and failed to finish in a good position in the penultimate due to a break. In the last segment, Zille took revenge and was the fastest in the category.
In the general classification, Zille was in eighth position with a total time of 12 hours, 59 minutes and 28 seconds, almost 1:42:04 behind the winner of the event, which was the American Guthrie, who used an overall time of 11:17: 24, escorted by the Swede Mattias Ekstrom at 06:38 and Austin Jones, at 10:46.
“Another day to remember. We won the fifth stage of the Sonora Rally and finished the competition in the best way. It is our second stage win on a World Cup date after the one achieved in the Dakar 2023”, “We are very happy. Let’s keep working.
Thanks to the entire South Racing team and everyone who supports us.”