Topic : Prizes and Awards
VALCOURT, QC, Jan. 14, 2022 /CNW/ – The Can-Am off-road brand of BRP (TSX: DOO) (NASDAQ: DOOO) continues to establish its dominance on the global racing circuit as the new year begins, this time- here by winning the best positions in two categories of the famous Dakar Rally, in Saudi Arabia. These victories are the culmination of a remarkable performance, the brand’s fifth consecutive championship in the Dakar Rally, which is considered the most challenging off-road race in the world.
Can-Am Factory racer Austin Jones (USA), and his co-driver Gustavo Gugelmin (Brazil), finished with the fastest overall time in the T4 class representing production side-by-side vehicles. Rider Gerard Farrs (Spain) finished in second place and Rokas Baciuska (Lithuania) followed him in third place, achieving a Can-Am three-time podium finish. In fact, the top 17 riders in the T4 class were driving Can-Am vehicles and the first non-Can-Am branded vehicle to cross the finish line finished 18th, a whopping nine hours and 30 minutes. behind Jones and Gugelmin.
In the T3 category, representing prototype vehicles made by specialty manufacturers and the final stage before the automobile, Can-Am racers took first and second place. Francisco Lopez and his co-driver, Juan Pablo Latrach Vinagre, both from Chile, took first place, followed by Sebastian Eriksson (Sude) and his co-pilot, Wouter Rosegaar (Netherlands).
It’s amazing to win the Dakar Rally, said Jones. This event is truly the ultimate proof of off-road racing. Anything can happen, and we pushed hard until the end against some very tough opponents. My co-driver and my team did a great job, and the Can-Am vehicle was awesome with its performance and durability.
The 2022 Dakar Rally covered around 8,400km (5,200 miles) over some of Saudi Arabia’s most difficult and technical terrain. Drivers faced cliffs, canyons, dunes and rocky trails, putting their skills and vehicles to the test.
The Can-Am racers were supported by South Racing Can-Am which had over 150 employees in Saudi Arabia, helping with everything from mechanics to logistics and meals for over 21 Can-Am Maverick X3 racers. Can-Am vehicles built by South Racing have a 100% finish-line record in the Dakar Rally and have claimed victory every year, in the side-by-side category, since 2018.
It takes a real team effort to accomplish what our Can-Am off-road team just did in the Dakar Rally, said Sandy Scullion, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Global Services, Motorsports Group at BRP. We have the best, from drivers to support staff, to the incredible Maverick X3 Can-Am platform. We can’t wait to see what lies ahead for the rest of the year on the race tracks, as we plan to continue our incredible momentum with championships contested around the world.
Now available at Can-Am dealerships worldwide, the 2022 Maverick X3 model is built to perform. It’s a race-proven off-road vehicle that’ll take you further, whether you’re tackling your local trails, leaving tracks in the dunes or preparing for your next big race. For more technical details and product specifications, as well as information on the entire lineup of 2022 model year CanAm off-road vehicles, visit https://can-am.brp.com/off-road/.
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