Ricky Brabec swapped Las Vegas Craps tables for cacti and continued his fast and winning streak of rally racing in 2019. The American toasted victory in the Nevada metropolis at the MINT 400 earlier this month and then headed south for the Sonora chase through the plains and landscapes of Mexico.
Five days, six specials and more than 1300km meant a demanding trek close to the USA border and in the northwest of the country. Dunes (almost 500km), fast trails and diversity of rough terrain and conditions – not to mention heavy emphasis on navigation – meant that Sonora was a different test compared to the MINT and close to the rigours typically associated with the Dakar.
Brabec stamped his mark on the chrono in the first three stages and then strategically managed his way through the rest of the rally to make sure of his success, and continue the positive momentum.