Seth Quintero turned on the afterburner to set an unbeaten pace in the third stage of the Rallye du Maroc 2022. After nearly 1,000km of racing in North Africa, the Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team also received more stage-winning Guillaume de Mevius, with Cristina Gutierrez joining Quintero on the common podium. Along with Mitch Guthrie Jr., all four OT3 riders look to continue their dune dominance over the final two tough days in Morocco.

The author of the history of the “Dakar” rally, Seth Quintero, on the third stage, demonstrated an unstoppable speed at a race distance of 300 kilometers. Not only did the 20-year-old comfortably win the T3 stage, he also outpaced many contenders in the T1 car class, including the Audi RS Q e-tron Evo 2 of 14-time Dakar winner Stefan Peterhansel.

A stunning final performance by Quinter and his Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team co-driver Dennis Zenz put them OT3 just 47 seconds behind category leader Chalek Lopez. Quintero was able to strip Lopez of the lead on stage three by nine minutes, giving himself two days to erase the remaining three-quarters of a minute that stood between him and first place.

“I had an amazing day today, so much fun! We started really strong and kept our pace all day. Glad to walk away with a win and get back in the general hunt.” – Seth Quintero

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2021 FIA World Cup Cross-Country Rally T3 winner Cristina Gutierrez made it back-to-back podium finishes on day three in Morocco. The Spaniard’s second-placed result on stage three also means she closed the gap on World Rally Championship and Dakar rival Lopez.

As the temperatures rise in the final two days of Rally Morocco, watch as Gutierrez and co-driver Pablo Moreno steer their OT3 to some serious championship points.

“We are happy with the consistency we are showing in this race because that is the most important thing in a rally raid. Now we want to stay strong until the end.” – Cristina Gutierrez

Even more success this week for the Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team was achieved by Guillaume de Mevius. Thanks to his T3 stage two win, De Mevius won the Rallye du Maroc, Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and Dakar stages this year.

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Mitchell Guthrie during Stage 1b of the Rallye du Maroc in Agadir, Morocco, October 2, 2022 // Kin Marcin / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202210020678 // Editorial use only //

De Mevius and co-driver Francois Casale are currently sixth in the T3 standings in Morocco and have two days left to aim for an overall podium.

“We are happy with our stage and now we aim to be in the top 5 in the T3 category by the end of the race.” – Guillaume de Mevius

Mitch Guthrie Jr. also showed great speed, playing his part in supporting the team’s charge to the top of the leaderboard in North Africa. Guthrie Jr. and co-driver Ola Fløne fought off their rivals on stage three to finish fifth in T3 overall.

“It was a perfect day for the car and I felt good. We will look to come back strong tomorrow.” – Mitch Guthrie Jr

There are still around 650 kilometers of time trials to go before the checkered flag falls on the Rallye du Maroc. With 346km to race tomorrow and 290km in the final stage on Thursday, our young team is still fully focused on celebrating more success at the finish line in Agadir on Thursday 6 October.

Rallye du Maroc stage 3 results

Class T3 – 6 best
1. S. QUINTERA (USA) OT3 03:17:17
2. K. GUTIEREZ (Spain) OT3 03:23:58
3. F. LOPEZ (CHL) CAN-AM 03:25:51
4. G. DE MEVIUS (BEL) OT3 03:28:30
5. H. GARCES (CHL) CAN-AM 03:32:57
6. M. GUTHRIE (USA) OT3 03:38:44
Rallye du Maroc standings after stage 3

Class T3 – 6 best
1. F. LOPEZ (CHL) CAN-AM 11:06:30
2. S. QUINTERA (USA) OT3 11:07:17
3. C. GUTIEREZ (Spain) OT3 11:20:05
4. H. GARCES (CHL) CAN-AM 11:40:47
5. M. GUTHRIE (USA) OT3 11:54:09
6. G. DE MAVIUS (BEL) OT3 12:03:34

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