Discover the stories of the Dakar's heroes Inside the Bivouac
N°248 Car BAIC ORV

ZI YUNLIANG

(chn) 1.73m / 65kg

Hobbies

Golf

Sponsors

Yunxiang Motosport

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“The Dakar is a pilgrimage for a driver”

Zi Yunliang will be the latest Chinese driver to get to grips with the world's toughest rally at Dakar 2023. It is likely to be quite a step up for the 49-year-old, who has only taken part in minor events in China since following his younger brothers into offroad racing. Zi will be lining up as part of the ambitious BAIC ORV team, who represent the state-owned Beijing Automotive Group (one of China's biggest car manufacturers). BAIC managed to get all three of their cars into the top 15 at Dakar 2021, but were limited to a single entrant in 2022 due to the pandemic: Guoyu Zhang, who finished down in 51st place after a series of problems and mechanicals. Undeterred, the team has returned in 2023 with two upgraded T1+ vehicles that should help them fight with some of the best in the business. Zi will be joined in his BJ40 by experienced co-driver He Sha, who guided Guoyu to 14th place two years ago. Guoyu himself will compete alongside French rally-raid legend Jean-Pierre Garcin, who first did the Dakar back in 1997! Zi describes the rally as a ‘pilgrimage’, and says he is delighted to be making his debut this year. Having picked up plenty of useful tips from his more experienced teammates, he's looking to make it a successful first outing by reaching the finish line in Dammam.


Z.Y.: “Both of my younger brothers are very good drivers, and thanks to their influence I got interested in motorsport. I haven’t been competing for a long time, I’ve only done some small competitions in China. I’m very excited and looking forward to my first Dakar. The Dakar is a pilgrimage for a driver. It’s also a dream for me. I’ll try to finish my first Dakar with a lot of respect in my heart. My teammates have given me a lot of helpful advice, especially in physical training. We push each other every day and encourage each other to keep exercising. Guoyu Zhang also shared videos of himself and other competitors doing the Dakar, which helped me learn a lot. My goal is to finish my first Dakar. If I can perform at my normal level, enjoy the infinite charm of each stage and learn from other drivers, then it will be a successful rally.”

Vehicle

BAIC ORV

BAIC BJ40
BAIC ORV

  • BAIC
  • BJ40
  • Overdrive racing
  • Overdrive racing
  • T1+: Prototype Cross-Country Cars 4x4

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