The Andalucia Rally marks the first event on the FIA Cross Country Rallies World Cup series calendar. One team dominated the T4 (SxS division), with South Racing Can-Am taking the Top 5 and Austin Jones capturing a big win for Tensor Tires.
Spain’s southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula played host to the rally as the region features Europe’s second-highest mountain range and the continent’s only desert. The uneven backcountry roads make for a great venue to host a rally. The event consisted of 4 days of stage competition all centered around Villamartin’s magnificent Hacienda El Rosalejo. 1629 kilometers challenged the competitors, including 386 devoted to liaison and 1244 zoned for wide-open racing.
Austin Jones and co-driver Gustavo Gugelmin won T4 class overtaking his South Racing Can-Am teammate Khalifa Al-Attiyah who finished the rally in 2nd place. Jones’ total time on course was 11 Hours, 31 Minutes, and 08 Seconds. Al-Attiyah led from the start and into Day 2, but Jones turned it up and secured stage wins on Day 3 and Day 4.
“The last stage was really good. It was technical. I took a long time to get through the first 100km. It was a fun stage, really challenging. The water crossings are something else out there, a full tsunami every single time. We are super happy with how our Tensor Tires performed in this rally. I had zero flats through 5 stages. Throughout the entire rally, I had amazing grip and traction around the corners. I could rotate the car and put it anywhere I wanted. I knew I had an advantage running the Tensor DS 30″ Tires because we had no worries about punctures or loss of drive on the roads.”
– Austin Jones Monster Energy Can-Am Maverick XRS (South Racing Can-Am)
Tensor Desert Series (DS) Tires are ideal for UTV platforms and hold up to the rigors of extreme off-road rallying racing. Cross country rally racing is brutal on equipment and the ultimate stress test for tires. Racing day after day is a true testament to the Tensor DS superior design and construction.
Khalifa Al Attiyah, the younger brother of 3x Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah’s total time accumulation, was 15 minutes behind the top podium finish. South Racing Can-Am’s Kees Koolen finished in 3rd, with Hernan Garces and David Zille in 4th and 5th place. All of the South Racing Can-Am Mavericks XRS vehicles are equipped with Tensor DS 30″ Tires and Method Race Wheels.