South Racing-built Can-Ams filled the top five places in the Andalucia Rally, round one of the 2021 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. Outright victory fell to the American racer Austin Jones and his Brazilian navigator Gustavo Gugelmin in their Monster Energy Can-Am Maverick XRS.
Jones became embroiled in a gripping tussle over the varied southern Spanish terrain with Qatar’s Khalifa Saleh Al-Attiyah and his experienced French co-driver Xavier Panseri. Al-Attiyah led midway through the rally, but Jones hit back over the last two days to secure the win and Al-Attiyah finished second in his South Racing Can-Am Team Maverick.
Jones said, “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 here. Full tsunami every single time…. The course was really good and we are super happy.”
South Racing Can-Am Team’s Scott Abraham said, “This was another great race for the team, dominating the top positions at the Andalucia Rally. It was a perfect way to kick off the 2021 Cross-Country World Cup after our successful tour of the Middle East and the Baja World Cup.”
The 2021 Andalucia Rally was also the first race to debut the all new 407 UTV Bead Grip wheel used on many of the South Racing vehicles.