“The ultimate goal is to go out there and win!”
At the age of four, he was already either riding a mini-moto or a BMX, or was behind the steering wheel of a go-kart. Several years later Blade Hildebrand started competing as a pro and winning races on the US off-road scene. And that fine start to his motorsports career took him to the world’s toughest off-road rally, the Dakar. Alongside his mentor Robby Gordon with whom he competed in the Stadium Super Truck series, Blade discovered the event and even went on to win his OP1 class with co-driver Bill Conger. For his second consecutive Dakar , he joins the very ambitious Red Bull Off-Road team USA program. The 21-year-old will be one of the three drivers of the brand new OT3 SSV designed by Overdrive. At his side, he’ll be counting on the precious help of French co-driver François Cazalet who will be discovering the Dakar.
B.H. : “Dakar is a race I’ve followed all my life, the most gruelling race known to man. What an absolute honor! Having the right backing -the right group of people who want to see you succeed- is a big part of it. I think the main goal of everyone on the team is to step up. The Red-Bull off-road team USA is an all-around great program. The goal of this program is to become the best and most complete off-road drivers in the world. I don’t want to sound cocky, but I want to go out there and win. That’s the ultimate goal. The car has been built for rally racing. It has exactly what we need, from the motor, from suspensions, how wide it is, how long it is… I’m really excited to get out there and race and show what the car can actually do.”
RED BULL OFF-ROAD TEAM USA
- Mark : OT3
- Model : OT3 - 02
- Performance tuner : Overdrive Racing
- Assistance : Red Bull Off-road team USA
- Class : T3.P Prototype A-T vehicles
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Hildebrand off to a flying start
Blade Hildebrand, racing under Dakar Experience rules since his withdrawal in stage 2, has since been in top form and is now trying to finish the Dakar with another stage win. The American was over a minute faster than Sergey Karyakin at km 69
Hildebrand just beats Guthrie
Blade Hildebrand has confirmed that his victory on stage 7 was not merely down to chance. The young American driver has won his second stage triumph in Haradh by only 58 seconds, in front of his team-mate Mitchell Guthrie, who is also continuing the rally via the Dakar Experience formula and is therefore also absent from the general standings. Casey Currie, the third placed driver...
Hildebrand still leads
Blade Hildebrand continues to lead the SSV special after 244 km. However, the American is only 45 seconds ahead of his countryman Mitchell Guthrie. Since the two men are enrolled in the Dakar Experience formula, it is especially a good day for Chaleco López, who is 6 minutes behind the current stage leader.
A good start for Hildebrand
Blade Hildebrand is continuing his merry way in the Dakar Experience formula and has made a good start to the 9th stage. The American already leads his countryman Casey Currie by 2 minutes after 100 km whilst Chaleco López trails by 5’46.
Hildebrand kicks off the SSV special
Following his first success on the Dakar yesterday, Blade Hildebrand has resumed at the same pace this Monday, achieving the best time after 46 km. Reinaldo Varela and Gerard Farrés are also close behind.
Hildebrand takes his maiden win
Racing under Dakar Experience rules since his withdrawal in stage 2, Blade Hildebrand had to wait until stage 7 for his true potential to shine through. He has won the stage by 11 minutes over fellow American Casey Currie and 13 minutes over Aron Domżała.
Hildebrand leaves his rivals in the dust
Blade Hildebrand's infernal pace shows no signs of abating. The OT3 driver has expanded his lead over teammate and fellow countryman Casey Currie to 3'39", with Aron Domżała trailing at 6'50" after 321 km. Overall leader "Chaleco" López is losing time at almost 12 minutes back.
Hildebrand ups the ante
Blade Hildebrand remains the fastest driver after 161 km. The American leads Cyril Despres and Mike Horn by 1′15″, while Mitchell Guthrie is sitting in third place, two minutes behind the leader. Meanwhile, overall leader "Chaleco" López is proceeding with caution at 3′42″ back.
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