Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2022
Pablo Quintanilla in contention for the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge victory
With second place overall in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge general standings, Pablo Quintanilla is in with a chance of sealing the race victory in tomorrow’s final stage.
Pablo Quintanilla finished in third place today after a fine stage, showing good pace throughout the 243-kilometre special. The Chilean moved up to second spot in the general rankings, just twenty-three seconds behind leader Sunderland.
It proved to be a good stage for Ricky Brabec, starting from eighth place to eventually finish the day in fourth, putting the American rider into fourth overall place in the rally, two and a half minutes shy of the leader. Brabec will battle to improve on the position tomorrow. Elsewhere, Nacho Cornejo suffered a crash in which he damaged his bike, with the Chilean rider dropping precious minutes from the timesheets. Tomorrow he shall be hoping to redeem himself with a better partial result.
Tomorrow’s final stage will give the riders a last chance to improve on their times in the final classification. Setting off from the bivouac at Qsar Al Sarab, a 34-kilometre liaison section will take the competitors to the start of the final 209-kilometre time trial which will decide the final outcome of this edition of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. A third of the route will cover dunes, while the majority of the mileage will be over sandy tracks. A final liaison of 128 kilometres will bring the bikers back to the Yas Marina circuit, where the final podium will be held.