Victory on final stage of Rally-Raid Portugal seals third place for Moraes and Monleon

8 April 2024

The third round of the 2024 World Rally-Raid Championship (W2RC) ended near the Portuguese town of Grandola on Sunday, (7 April), after five competitive stages in Portugal and Spain. The BP Ultimate Rally-Raid brought an overall podium finish for Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR), as well as a win on the final stage for Lucas Moraes and Armand Monleon. TGR continue to lead the manufacturer standings, while Moraes is up into fourth place in the overall rankings.

The event was marked by extremely wet and muddy conditions, which made reading the road quite tricky, and brought testing conditions for the engine drive belts on several cars. It was these conditions that initially caused TGR’s Seth Quintero and Dennis Zenz to abandon the opening stage, relegating them to scoring points towards the W2RC, rather than fighting for the outright win.

Their teammates Moraes and Monleon managed to avoid trouble and fought hard throughout the five-stage event. The Toyota Hilux crew had suffered a setback during the previous round of the W2RC when they lost their car due to a fire, but the youthful pairing showed remarkable tenacity to bounce back this time out.

The final stage saw the Brazilian driver and his Spanish co-driver set the fastest time over the 63-mile fifth and final stage. Their time of 49min 56sec was 12sec clear of the crew in second place, netting them maximum stage points. This result cemented their third place in the overall standings, thereby earning 20 additional points towards the championship.

Yazeed Al Rajhi and co-driver Timo Gottschalk brought their privately entered Toyota Hilux to the finish in fifth place overall. Al Rajhi is in third place in the W2RC Driver Standings, just three points ahead of Moraes.

TGR have extended their lead at the top of the manufacturer standings to 23 points over Nasser Racing by Prodrive, who remain in second place. As it stands, TGR is on 143 points, with two rounds to go in the 2024 season. Next up is the Desafio Ruta 40, which is set to take place in Argentina from 1-7 June..

Team quotes

Alain Dujardyn, W2RC Team Principal: “Round 3 was very tough for the team, and while we may well have bagged more points were it not for some technical challenges in the muddy conditions, we can’t help but be proud of what we have achieved on this event. It was great for Lucas and Armand to finish with a stage win, but the points for third place overall are even more valuable. Seth and Dennis had a tough outing, but managed to gain significant experience with the GR DKR Hilux, and will be hoping for a better result in Argentina on Round 4. For now, we are very happy to be at the head of the manufacturers’ standings in the W2RC after three rounds, and to have Lucas up in fourth place in the driver standings.”

Lucas Moraes: “It was great to be able to finish this rally with a win, especially after what happened with us in Abu Dhabi. Thanks to the whole Toyota Gazoo Racing team, for delivering another great car. It was amazing to win again today and finish third overall, very close to the lead. But we’re climbing the standings again, and I’d also like to thank all the fans that were here following us.”

Seth Quintero: “We had a few problems there at the beginning, but the whole Toyota Gazoo Racing team did an amazing job figuring it all out and getting us back on course. And we went back out and showed a lot of pace, so yeah, definitely disappointed with the end result, but happy with the speed, happy with the car, happy with everything else. And we learned a lot, so I’m excited to keep it going.”

BP Ultimate Rally Raid 2024 – FINAL RESULTS

1201N. Al-Attiyah / E. Boulanger(Nasser Racing by Prodrive)10H 02min 57sec
2214J. Ferreira / F. Palmeiro(X-Raid Mini JCW Team)+02:49
3205L. Moraes / A. Monleon (Toyota GAZOO Racing)+03:36
4200C. Sainz / A. Haro (X-Raid Mini JCW Team)+06:12
5204Y. Al Rajhi / T. Gottschalk(Overdrive Racing) +17:11
6300R. Baciuska / O. Vidal(CAN-AM Factory Team)+20:33
7209C. Baumgart / G. Gugelmin (X-Rally Team Motorsports LTDA)+22:10
8223F. Barreto / C. Silva(Francisco Barreto)+22:49
9312A. Araújo / P. Ré(Santag Racing)    +28:17
10302N. Cavigliasso / V. Pertegarini(Taurus B.V.)+28:55
43206S. Quintero / D. Zenz(Toyota GAZOO Racing)+06h:41:57

W2RC Driver Standings after BP Ultimate Rally Raid 2024

1201N. Al-Attiyah(Nasser Racing by Prodrive)112 pts
2200C. Sainz  (X-Raid Mini JCW Team)     100 pts
3204Y. Al Rajhi(Overdrive Racing)79 pts
4205L. Moraes(Toyota GAZOO Racing)76 pts
5202G. Chicherit(Overdrive Racing)69 pts
6310G. De Mevius (G Rally Team)      65 pts
7300R. Baciuska(CAN-AM Facory Team)43 pts
8206S. Quintero(Toyota GAZOO Racing)39 pts
9204M. Prokop               (Orlen Jipocar Team)36 pts
10214J. Ferreira(X-Raid Mini JCW Team)     34 pts
15226S. Variawa(Toyota GAZOO Racing)22 pts

W2RC Manufacturer Standings after BP Ultimate Rally Raid 2024

1Toyota GAZOO Racing143 pts
2Nasser Racing by Prodrive 120 pts
3X-Raid Mini JCW Team77 pts
4Team Audi Sport  76 pts


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