Sonora Rally concludes; Quinn Cody wins overall (PHOTOS)

Quinn Cody rounds the turn to the finish of Day 3’s first stage. Photo: John Rettie
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Quinn Cody was one of four moto riders in contention at this year’s Sonora Rally after the first couple days of the event, and ended it on top following the fourth and final day of the rally in Sonora, Mexico.

On Day 3, Mark Samuels edged Steve Hengeveld, with Ivan Ramirez and Cody third and fourth. The overall standings following that day saw Hengeveld leading but by just 29 seconds over Cody (9:17:24 to 9:17;53), with Samuels in third and Ramirez in fourth.

Cody doubled up on Day 4 though, with the stage win also propelling him to the overall win. Ramirez was second.

Samuels finished only fifth and Hengeveld failed to finish the stage.

Cody took the overall win with a time of 12:36:24, 6 minutes clear of Ramirez in second.

But Ramirez was the top Dakar Challenge rider for motos in second overall, one spot ahead of Samuels in third. The Dakar Challenge winner earns an entry into the 2017 Dakar Rally.

Results are interesting and are linked here.

Photos are more interesting and are linked below, with captions:

DAY 3

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Land rush start of Day 3. Photo: John Rettie.

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Quinn Cody rounds the turn to the finish of Day 3’s first stage. Photo: John Rettie

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No. 57, Jon Steinhilber, racing a Meyers Manx through the desert. . Photo: John Rettie

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Big dunes day.  Photo: Jimmy Lee Cook @airlandseafilms

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Day 3 Stage 1 check-in with Betsy Anderson, captures the battle between Quinn Cody, No. 1, Mark Samuels, No. 4, Ivan Ramirez, No. 2, and Steve Hengeveld, No. 3.

DAY 4

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No. 15 and Dakar Challenge competitor, John Henson, coming into the finish of Day Four’s first special stage. He finished 4th in the Dakar Challenge. Photo: John Rettie

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A different kind of sand. No. 7, Lyndon Poskitt during the first special on Day Four. Photo: John Rettie

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Quinn Cody, the overall Motos winner, poses with co-founders Scott Whitney (left) and Darren Skilton (right) at the awards celebration. Photo: John Rettie

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NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.