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Dakar Rally 2020: Casey Currie Stage 7 Recap

Dakar Rally


Starting the second half of the 2020 Dakar Rally, it seemed like the race had started all over again. All the crews were back to their early morning leave times and the drivers just had their cars to walk out to before the stage. They headed out for their 128km liaison to the start line. 

2020 Dakar Rally Stage 7 Map

2020 Dakar Rally Stage 7 Map

“The resumption will be the opposite of a rest day… the longest stage in the Dakar and also one of the most varied. Dunes are scattered along the entire route and the drivers will have to cross small dune fields of a few kilometers. Between these climbing portions, off-road alternates with sectors with numerous crossings where the navigators will have to be on their toes at all times. Fast… but not too fast!” – Dakar

Dakar Rally Stage 7

Monster Energy / Can-Am Team leaving the start line of stage 7

Casey began the day 9m 48s behind last year rally winner Francisco Contardo Lopez. He’d quickly open a minute gap on him by KM52. This would continue and at the halfway point Casey was sitting 2nd on the stage and had opened an 8 minute gap on Francisco when he would get a flat tire and lose 4 minutes of the gap he accrued. But Francisco would have troubles of his own and lose a ton of time on the overall. Casey would finish 2nd on the stage and take over the lead on the overall, now with a 30+ minute lead over second.

“Day 7 is in the books and it looks like we finished 2nd place today. We played a big team role, I had both of my teammates with me and it really worked out. We had a great day, I lost one tire. There were some nasty rocks out there. It is what it is. I’m just going to keep moving forward and keep pushing. We got a long way to go.” – Casey

Casey Currie

Casey Currie during stage 7 of the 2020 Dakar Rally


1.Blade Hildebrand 5h 26m 35s

2. Casey Currie +11m 15s

3. Aron Domzala +13m 16s

4. Cyril Despres +14m 13s

5. Austin Jones +14m 42s


1. Casey Currie 34h 40m 04s

2. Francisco Lopez Contardo +32m 03s

3. Sergei Kariakin +42m 57s

4. Jose Hinojo Lopez +58m 49s

5. Conrad Rautenbach +01h 00m 42s

Half-way check-in from the Dakar Rally from Casey Currie, plus stage 7 recap:

Posted by UTV Guide on Monday, January 13, 2020


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