Sunday 28 November at 11 am (Paris time) - Presentation of the 2022 Dakar
N°318 Car QUZHOU MOTORSPORT CITY TEAM

WEI HAN

(chn)

Sponsors

China Motorsport City, HanWei Motorsport, BFGoodrich, Top1, K-MAN, Geely Auto, Tsingtao Beer

2020: 10th
2019: 27th

2019: Taklimakan Rally (6th), Silk Way Rally (2nd)
2018: Taklimakan Rally (1st), Rallye du Maroc (14th)
2017: Taklimakan Rally (5th), Silk Way Rally (3rd)
2016: Taklimakan Rally (1st), Silk Way Rally (6th)
2015: Taklimakan Rally (1st), China Silk Road Rally (3rd)
2014: China Grand Rally (2nd)

Interview

“My goal is to get closer to the top drivers and finally be one of them."

Wei Han and Min Liao earned themselves a place in the Dakar history books a year ago, claiming the best-ever result for Chinese competitors by coming 10th in the cars. Arguably the most accomplished offroad driver in a country of almost 1.4 billion people, Han has been involved in motorsport for many years, which led to him setting up the HanWei Motorsport team in 2008. A dominant force on the domestic front, with multiple victories at the prestigious Taklimakan Rally, the ambitious 48-year-old has now set his sights on the international scene. Having joined forces in 2016 with SMG founder Philippe Gache -a highly experienced French driver who has taken part not only in the Dakar, but also Le Mans and Indy 500- Han has gone from strength to strength in recent years. He has claimed podiums at the Silk Way Rally, and after a solid Dakar debut in 2019 -where they finished 27th- he and Liao powered their way into the top 10 overall at Dakar 2020, ranking second behind Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin in the T1.3 petrol two-wheel drive class. Han and Liao have been unable to race in China this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but they are determined to keep duking it out with the big guns at the Dakar, and hopefully become a force to be reckoned with in future editions.

W.H. : “I was very excited with the result of Dakar 2020. I have to thank my good partner Philippe from SMG. He is the one who designed me such a good racing car. In Saudi Arabia, the route was quite fast compared to Peru, where the route was quite difficult. And high speed brings much more uncertainty. In a split second, you may have to withdraw due to an accident. This kind of high-speed route has two sides to it: more dangerous and much more fun! Our team, HanWei Motorsport, was established in 2008. We are a veteran elite team in China. I joined the Jiatong Tire Team in 2014, then the GWM Haval team in 2015. Finally, I met Philippe in 2016 and created the Geely Auto Team, which is still going. In China, we have many great clients, and we are actually planning to organise a much bigger team for Dakar 2022. I am bringing together my clients and friends who love rally, so they can experience the Dakar. After my first Dakar in 2019, I have never considered missing the rally, even after such a strange year. Covid-19 is quite dangerous, but it cannot stop my passion for Dakar. I think that in the coming years, I will get better results thanks to my unremitting efforts. It is my great honour to compete with top drivers. I can learn a lot from them, including the tempo of the race. Of course, my goal is to get closer and closer to the top drivers and finally be one of them.”

Vehicle

QUZHOU MOTORSPORT CITY TEAM

  • Mark : SMG
  • Model : HANWEI MOTORSPORT
  • Performance tuner : Quzhou Motorsport City Team
  • Assistance : Quzhou Motorsport City Team
  • Class : T1.3 petrol 2-wheel drive

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