Dakar 2018: Ignacio Casale returns to lead the litter


The category of quads is intimately linked to the arrival of the Dakar to South america, to such an extent that the quads -atvs to the local riders – began to compete independently motorcycles in 2009, when the race began to take place far from Africa. In sports has also been a category with the aroma of south american, the entire time that the brothers Patronelli have imposed their law in the middle of the editions of the Dakar in which the quads have raced in a independent classification. This domain has a new exponent, the whole time Ignacio Casale won his second ‘touareg’ in the category.

Winner of the Dakar in 2014, Ignacio Casale was pointed out as one of the big favorites it to victory in the 40th edition of the rally. Not only because of his victory earlier, but by the preparation that has taken place during the last year after staying at the gates of victory in 2017 and add two retirements in the previous two editions. The own Casale confessed before the start of the rally be like never a physical and mental level, ready to compete against Sergei Karjakin, Rafal Sönik and Josef Machacek, the three winners of the Dakar are present in the category and against the always fast argentinian pilots.

The results of Ignacio Casale in the first few days left to patent this preparation. Winner of the first three stages of the rally and second place in the following two, the ‘dog’ Casale saldaba the passage of the race through Peru, with note, especially in comparison to their direct rivals. However, when the race lived his rest day in Bolivia, the chilean no longer had to worry about Sergei Karjakin -winner of the 2017 – after the abandonment of this on the fifth day. were Also out of the race Rafal Sönik and Pablo Copetti, that I had to leave just a day after.


Almost without wanting to and competing in more than a day with a slower pace, Ignacio Casale was with a lead of more than an hour advantage over Alexis Hernandez once that it was the equator of the rally. A wide enough margin as to compete in the medium gas for the remaining stages, something that is not even prevented Casale is listed in the triumph of stage in the tenth and the last day. With the cancellation of the twelfth special, the road to his second Dakar was cleared for Ignacio Casale, who has not had a rival in no time.

Ignacio Casale has won his second ‘touareg’ after completing the race in 53:47:04 hours, record with the that has surpassed for over an hour and a half to the argentine Nicolas Cavigliasso and in more than two hours at the also argentinian Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli, who both have taken advantage of the stages in local territory to scale up to the podium. In regards to the winner, it is clear that the ‘dog’ Casale has made good on its thorough preparation. As stated in goal, with a speech very ‘cholista’ in which he said that with work is a reward. Be that as it may, this ‘dog’ is already a leader of the litter.