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Austin Jones wins the Kazakhastan Rally

Monster Energy Can-Am And Austin Jones Double Down On Wins

Jun 152021

Shredding through the wide open plains in Kazakhstan, Monster Energy Can-Am Team’s Austin Jones and Gustavo Gugelmin delivered a stunning performance to seal a second successive victory in as many events of the 2021 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies.

Grabbing the win was truly the icing on the cake for the duo, after nearly 18 hours of racing in some of the harshest conditions central Asia has to offer. The American and his Brazilian co-driver managed their race pace to perfection, securing a 30min 36sec victory at Rally Kazakhstan, a gruelling five day endurance challenge across brutal desert terrain in the south-west of the world’s largest land-locked country.

Their Can-Am never missed a beat and Jones was able to extend his lead over Kees Koolen in this year’s FIA T4 Championship after claiming victory in southern Spain last month. The Italian crew of Eugenio Amos and Paolo Ceci finished second and Koolen teamed up with Mirjam Pol to finish third.

A delighted Jones said: “The last day was good. It was a little but tricky with the navigation and we had to go a bit slow to figure out the way. But we had a big lead going into it, so we wanted to be slow and we did what we wanted to do and ended up winning the race. I am very happy with that. We did a strategic race. Now we can aim for three in a row at the Silk Way Rally.”
Monster Can-Am Team principal Scott Abraham said: “This was a dominating performance from Austin Jones and Gustavo Gugelmin, building on the momentum of their victory in Andalucia. They started with a devastating first stage and finished fifth overall amongst some of the top car contenders in cross-country.
“Then, they controlled the race with a very mature and focused approach to take the victory after five long days of racing in Kazakhstan. This is their second back-to-back victory and it gives the Monster Energy Can-Am Team a strong lead in the FIA World Cup running into the next event, the Silk Way Rally.”