Dakar


car / audio

304 - NANI ROMA

It's a dream come true!

"I don't know if this was the most stressful thing I'd ever done, but it was very tough. The second week, with difficult, long stages, wasn't easy. We're happy, very happy with the work Michel [Périn] and I did. I'm going to revel in this. 10 years to the day after winning on a motorcycle, I've won in a car. It's a dream come true. My former co-driver Henri Magne and his wife Lucette are in my thoughts. This victory is for Henri..."

 

car / audio

300 - STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

Frustrated with the final result

"Let's look on the bright side of things. The car didn't miss a beat, it took anything we threw at it, like usual, and we had lots of fun driving. But I'm frustrated with the final result. The third thing I want to say is that Nani's my friend, and I'm pleased to see him happy because it's been his dream for ten years, since he shifted to a car."

 

car / audio

302 - GINIEL DE VILLIERS

A bit disappointed

I'm a bit disappointed not to be on the podium. But we've got to be realistic, we weren't as good as the Minis this year, especially at high altitude, and to make matters worse we lost too much time at the beginning due to problems with our power steering. In a race as difficult as this year's, it's impossible to clawback the time lost at the beginning, but I want to thank my team nevertheless for their outstanding work to solve the problem. On the other hand, we showed the car's reliable. That being said, we'll go back to South Africa to work on boosting our machine's performance even more and do better next year. Of course, I also wish to congratulate Nani [Roma], Stéphane [Peterhansel] and Nasser [Al-Attiyah], who did a good job and deserved their places in the final classification.

 

car / audio

301 - NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

We're fast enough to win

"It feels good to be on the podium, and even more so to see a Mini whitewash of the podium. But, of course, when I crossed the line I thought straight away of the one-hour penalty which prevented me from being in the mix. But we did manage to climb from fifth to third, which isn't half-bad, and this is my third podium finish. Things would've been different without the penalty. We're fast enough, we proved it by grabbing two stages, which shows we could have won too."

 



 

Stage report

Dakar, Catalan style: Coma takes his fourth and Roma joins the pantheon

The toughest Dakar held in South America, with just 204 vehicles (78 motorcycles, 15 quads, 61 cars and 50 trucks, or 47% of those that started) making it to the finish, was dyed in the red and yellow colours of Catalonia. With Marc Coma and Jordi Viladoms taking the top two places in the motorcycle category and Nani Roma winning in a car race ten years... [more]








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