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SETH QUINTERO

(usa)

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Red Bull, KMC, BF Goodrich, Sparco

2022: 16th T3 (12 stage wins)
2021: 18th T3 (6 stage wins)

2022 : Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (3rd T3) / Rallye du Maroc (1st T3) / Andalucia Rally (2nd T3) / W2RC : 2nd T3
2021 : Andalucia Rally (3rd T3) / Rallye du Maroc (10th T3)
2020 : Andalucia Rally (5th T3)
2019: Best in the Desert series championship. MINT 400 / Vegas-to-Reno / UTV World Championship / Parker 250 / Silver State 300.
2018: MINT 400 (2nd) / Vegas to Reno (2nd UTV)
2015: UTV World Champion and the WORCS champion in youth class
2014: UTV World Championship in youth class

Interview

“I’d really like to get my hands on that trophy!”

Seth Quintero was born in 2002 in California and by the tender age of 4 was already riding a quad bike. He started competing in SSVs at the age of 10 and a year later, in 2014, won the junior category of the UTV world championship organised in the USA. No surprise he quickly came up on Red Bull’s radar! At 16, he won the Best in the Desert championship before setting a series of records: youngest driver to win the Mint 400, the Vegas to Reno, the UTV world championship in the pro category, the Parker 500 and the Silver State 300 in the SSV category. In 2021, the Californian became the youngest winner of a Dakar stage at the age of 18! On stage 9, he and his teammate Dennis Zenz were ‘virtual’ class leaders before running into transmission problems. A weakness that would cost them dear for the rest of the season. For the 2022 Dakar, this Achilles heel was sorted thanks to new T3 regulations that allowed the use of a stronger gearbox. But while he was flying high in the T3 category, having already won the first two special stages, Seth once again came to a griding halt with a broken differential. The American would make the best of it by embarking on a phenomenal charge that would see him win twelve special stages out of a possible thirteen! With each stage win worth 5 points, Seth finished 3rd in the W2RC with 63 points, despite being 16th overall on the Dakar in T3. 3rd in Abu Dhabi, he won his first W2RC round in October on the Rallye du Maroc before finishing 2nd in Andalucia to take 2nd place in the world championship behind ‘Chaleco’ Lopez. In the process he and his co-driver Dennis Zenz won over 60% of the championship’s stages!


“I reckon we’ve got the car sorted now and winning the Dakar is very clearly our goal for 2023. The plan is to be smooth, fast and consistent and I’m confident that Dennis and I can do that for 2 weeks no problem. Not that I’m under any illusion that getting that win is going to be easy. There’s so many fast drivers in the T3 class -it’s a phenomenally competitive category. Lopez is obviously going to be a major rival, as is Mitch Gutherie Jr and his new co-driver and of course you can never discount Cristina Gutierrez who’s knows how to get a car well placed at the finish line. As far as the world championship is concerned I don’t reckon you have to win the Dakar, a top 5 could be enough, but if you asked me to choose between the two right now I’d choose the Dakar. It’s slipped through our fingers twice now and I’d really like to get my hands on that trophy!”

Vehicle

RED BULL OFF-ROAD JR TEAM USA BY BFG

CAN-AM MAVERICK
RED BULL OFF-ROAD JR TEAM USA BY BFG

  • CAN-AM
  • MAVERICK
  • GRally Team
  • Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team
  • T3.1: Lightweight Prototype Cross-Country

Ranking 2023

All news of S. Quintero

Newsflashes - 14/01 09:35 [GMT +3] - Car

The T3 race is on

Mitch Guthrie has started the special ahead of Ignacio Casale after pipping the Chilean at the post yesterday. Austin Jones still leads the overall by more than an hour over Seth Quintero. Jones will be fifth on the road today.

Newsflashes - 11/01 15:42 [GMT +3] - Car

Quintero rams it home!

Ignacio Casale, 7" ahead at km 84, proved unable to withstand Seth Quintero's last-minute effort. The American claimed his second stage win in the 45th Dakar by 37" over the Chilean and almost 3 minutes over Hélder Rodrigues. Ricardo Porem placed a second Yamaha prototype in the top 4.

 

Newsflashes - 11/01 14:46 [GMT +3] - Car

Quintero and Casale deadlocked at km 60

Seth Quintero was the fastest driver at the halfway point, where the American was just two seconds ahead of Ignacio Casale. Hélder Rodrigues is third at under two minutes back, while Guillaume de Mévius is losing a shade under seven minutes at this checkpoint. Austin Jones is fourth at just over two minutes, so the Belgian's overall lead is shrinking…

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Reactions - 10/01 17:34 [GMT +3] - Car

Seth Quintero: “I’m just going to keep a smile on my face”

 Although he was touted as the major favourite for the 2023 edition, Seth Quintero saw his chances of winning the title annihilated even before the rest day. In spite of it all, the American is endeavouring to keep smiling and trying to take advantage of the remaining kilometres to be covered before the finish in Dammam. Quintero, who finished tenth on the day’s,...

Reactions - 05/01 18:27 [GMT +3] - Car

Seth Quintero: “It was super awesome!”

After a complicated start to the rally, Seth Quintero has grabbed his first stage victory and has climbed onto the provisional podium in the general rankings. Although he is more than one hour behind the leader, the American driver knows that the Dakar can hold plenty of surprises in store before the finishing line on the last special has been crossed.  

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