Polaris RZR Wins Class in Dakar Rally 0
For the third time, Xtemepuls’ Will Alcaraz has won the Dakar Rally T3 class that includes light vehicles in a Polaris RZR 900. Alcaraz finished with a 14-minute lead over his teammates Nicolas Duclos and Sebastian Delaunay in the second of four Xtremeplus Polaris XP 900 entered in the race. Alcaraz has made a name for himself competing solo and finished the Dakar in 86 hours and 1 second for a 40th overall ranking in the car classes.
The final stage of the rally was located in the hills above Canela, and the course was especially slippery from a morning rain.
“It was the same special we had last year here, and also brittle,” said Alcaraz. “There were dried rivers with big stones; I thought I could never get out of there. To be focused all the way was mandatory because it was very easy to slip away from the track, and I saw some traces of cars that went out. Today, it was required to show driving skills and not just to let go.”
“These last kilometers were beautiful,” said the second place finisher Duclos at the arrival to Illapel. “In the middle of the cacti, the road was slippery at some points so you had to be very careful not to make a mistake. This morning, I had some pressure because we had to make it to the finish line without taking any risks, but at the same time, do our best. I can´t believe we are here. Compared to 2013, this was a lot harder at a physical level, but we did well and we took our place. Sebastien has done an excellent job, as usual. We didn’t make any mistakes in almost 900 km of the race, and we kept our pace through all stages. This should keep on going, the Dakar is so great!”
Three machines finished the 5824-mile long Dakar Rally in the T3 class.