REINALDO VARELA(bra) 1.75m / 80kg
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2019: 3rd (SSV)
2018: 1st (SSV)
2014: Ab. Stage 6
2013: 57th (solo car)
2019: Qatar Rally (6th- 1st in SSV), Abu Dhabi Desert Chalenge (5th - 2nd in SSV), Kazakhstan Rally (8th- 1st in SSV), Morocco Rally (7th- 1st in SSV) – Winner of the FIA SSV World Cup
Rally Dos Sertoes (2nd SSV)
2018: Rally Dos Sertoes (6th SSV)
2017 Baja 1000
2013: Baja Italia
2012: 2012 World Cross Country Rally Champion in T2 class
2002: Rallye Dos Sertoes (1st)
“The number of competitors will carry on growing”
It took him four editions to reach the highest step of the podium. Four editions on two different continents and in very different vehicles. After living his first Dakar on African soil back in 2001 and finishing at an excellent 22nd position, Reinaldo Varela returned to the rally ten years later and did it the hard way. The Brazilian was indeed in what was then called a Can-Am UTV and again reached the finish in Santiago at a good 57th position (3rd of the solo class), Reinaldo however had company for his third rally. Alongside his usual co-driver Gustavo Gugelmin, and in a far bigger Mitsubishi ASX, he however failed to reach the finish, quitting the race after 6 days. For his fourth Dakar, it was back to basics for the two-time winner of the Dos Sertoes Rally who also competed in the Baja 1000. Possibly inspired by the victory of his compatriot Leandro Torres in the Side by Side class, Varela took his Can Am Maverick, still with Gugelmin as his precious guide to victory. The quest to retain their title was a tough one especially with far tougher competition and the Brazilian pair had to settle for third place behind newcoming rivals Chaleco Lopez and Gerard Farres. Varela shows up at the start of his 6th Dakar full of confidence after winning the SSV class at the rallies of Qatar, Kazakhstan and Morocco earning himself victory in the FIA World Cup. Despite fierce opposition, they will be on the start line of the event as the crew to beat.
R.V.: “After winning in 2018, we could say that Brazil is now the world capital of the SSV category. Indeed after Torres and Roldan in 2017, we gave our country a second consecutive victory. Last year’s result was satisfying. I suffered punctures and several other things that make you lose a rally. But we still managed to make it on the podium. In 2018, there were 15 cars at the start, last year there were over 30 and I believe the number of competitors will carry on growing.” G.G: “Straight from the start of the rally, we rapidly noticed that we had the car and capacities to fight for first place again. We suffered all type of issues during the rally but the car wasn’t the problem. Maybe that fatigue and bad focus made us lose time. Reinaldo was impressive during the Morocco Rally. I’m not only proud but also honoured to have a partner like him especially since I know we’ll achieve many other things together.”
MONSTER ENERGY CAN-AM
- Mark : CAN - AM
- Model : MAVERIC X3
- Performance tuner : South Racing - Can Am
- Assistance : South Racing - Can Am
- Class : T3.P Prototype A-T vehicles
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