N° 504 - TEAM PETROBRAS LUBRAX
André DE AZEVEDO
DE AZEVEDO
André
BRA
08/07/1959
Maykel JUSTO
JUSTO
Maykel
BRA
Jaromir MARTINEC
MARTINEC
Jaromir
CZE
Vehicle
MODEL MAKE
T 815 TATRA
RANKING
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Scratch 7 3 3 44 6 - - - - - - - - -
Stage 7 3 3 44 6 - - - - - - - - - -
Overall 7 3 3 13 9 - - - - - - - - - -

«The power of our Tatra will be an asset»

André De Azevedo will set off on his 23rd Dakar. A point of pride for De Azevedo who, in 1988, was the first Brazilian to take part in the great raid. But it is also a weighty argument for this discreet but experienced competitor. 10 participations on a bike, once in a car and 11 times in a truck have contributed in the construction of a personality and savoir faire with which André De Azevedo has employed to prop up his ambitions. But they were thwarted in 2009 on a Dakar that the Brazilian couldn’t manage to finish in the coveted top five. “I had a clutch problem on stage four and when a stage was cancelled and others were shortened, there wasn’t enough time for me to catch back up.” This Dakar veteran is back with ambitions in tact without considering the South American route to be an advantage. “I do not know these regions very well. I have never driven there before, but I am confident because the truck is well set up and very powerful. There is a lot of desert running on the programme and the power of our Tatra will be an asset on the stages in northern Chile. I am also confident with the men who will be with me in the cab. My team is made up of navigator Maykel Justo and mechanic Jaromir Martinec who has been with me for the last six Dakars.” The top five is still a goal for De Azevedo who will start his 23rd consecutive Dakar, a record for the Brazilian whose best career result in the truck category was a 2nd place in 2003.

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