Dakar Rally Day 7: SS6: There’s No Rest for the Wicked

“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 into the finish and that cost us a lot of time, but overall, it’s been an awesome week.” – Seth Quintero #383, RED BULL OFF-ROAD TEAM USA