Seth Quintero won his first ever stage in front of Al-Attiyah and Farrés Guell, completing the first half of the rally in third place. The American is only eight minutes behind general standings leader Aron Domżała.
“Today went really well. We started off really strong. I ended up catching the leaders before the fuel stop, and then unfortunately I noticed we had a slow leak at the fuel stop. After the fuel stop we had to hop out and fix that, then I was trying to put a really hard charge into the finish. I ended up beating Al-Attiyah at the end, but I’m not sure by how much.
There are only two cars at the finish and a lot more to come in, but as of right now we’re sitting in position one, so I couldn’t ask for a better day. Now we’re here at the rest day six days in, I’m super stoked with how everything has been going. We’ve been trying to just keep a steady pace the whole way and be there at the end and keep chipping away at the leaders.
I think we’re doing just that. As a rookie, with that car I couldn’t ask for a better first week. We’re going to rest up and hope it will be even better next week. My best moment has been right now. I’m really happy with the way I drove today, really happy with how my navigator did. We absolutely killed it, he was spot on all day long. I think my worst moment was obviously stage one. We had two flats and had to ease it in to the finish and that cost us a lot of time, but overall, it’s been an awesome week”.
By: Official Dakar website