“I've always wanted to take part in the Dakar”
Po Tian and Xuanyi Du are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime as they line up on their first Dakar in 2022. The Chinese duo have joined forces with the HanWei Motorsport team after being inspired by team owner Wei Han's brilliant 10th-place finish in the cars at Dakar 2020. Po has long been interested in motorsport and has dreamed of taking part in the world's toughest rally since he was a child. Having watched the Dakar on television throughout the Africa and South America eras, he will now get a chance to experience it first-hand in Saudi Arabia. Unlike team boss Han, the 53-year-old has no particular sporting ambitions for his debut; he simply wants to enjoy the ride and make it successfully to the finish line in Jeddah. He will be joined in his SMG-prepared buggy by 23-year-old Xuanyi, who also hails from Inner Mongolia and says he “can't wait” for his maiden Dakar. No fewer than four Chinese car crews finished inside the top 20 at Dakar 2021 -many of them debutants- so don't be surprised if Po and Xuanyi end up being among the surprise packages of this 44th edition.
P.T.: “Around 20 years ago, people in China started to get access to motorsport news, and that was when racing first caught my eye. Since then, I've always paid close attention to motorsport. I used to follow the Dakar when the route was still Paris-Dakar. I've always wanted to take part in the Dakar, since I was very young. But I didn't have the opportunity and I didn't know how to make it happen. I'm very happy to be a part of Dakar 2022. I first heard of Wei Han a long time ago, because he's a very famous racer in China. He achieved a wonderful result in his buggy at Dakar 2020. That encouraged me to become part of the HanWei Motorsport team, and to put my faith in Han and his car. Xuanyi is very young but he's still a very experienced racer, and I trust him a lot. He is always my co-driver when I take part in events. All I expect of Xuanyi is to stay safe and lead the way for me. I've had my driving licence for more than 35 years and never had a single accident. I find myself feeling very relaxed, since I'm not going to fight for a great result. I just want to enjoy my Dakar adventure."
HANWEI MOTORSPORT TEAM
HANWEI MOTORSPORT TEAM
- Mark : SMG
- Model : HW2021
- Performance tuner : HanWei Motorsport Team
- Assistance : HanWei Motorsport Team
- Class : 4×2 Petrol and Diesel
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