Save the date - Presentation of the 2022 Dakar
N°343 Car BAIC ORV

YANGUI LIU

(chn) 1.7m / 70kg

Sponsors

BAIC, Beijing Tong Ren Tang, 5100 Tibet Spring, PELLIOT

First participation

2019: Taklimakan Rally (1st), Silk Way Rally (2nd, China class)
2018: Silk Way Rally (3rd, China class), Taklimakan Rally (5th)
2016: Taklimakan Rally (2nd)
2015: Dongchuan Debris Rally (1st)
2014: Taklimakan Rally (1st)
2013: Taklimakan Rally (2nd)

Interview

“The goal is to get into the top 15”

This may be a first Dakar for Yangui Liu, but the Chinese star isn't shy about his ambitions for the 2021 edition of the world's toughest rally. The 47-year-old is hoping to mix it up with some of the best in the business in Saudi Arabia, and bring his BAIC ORV home inside the top 15. A look at last year's standings suggests that in order to do so, he would have to perform at the level of battle-hardened drivers such as Miroslav Zapletal (16th), Benediktas Vanagas (15th) and Fernando Alonso (13th), and maybe even give talented compatriot Wei Han (10th) a run for his money. Yangui may not be a familiar name on the Dakar -not yet, at any rate- but he has already achieved some excellent results closer to home, securing several victories at the prestigious Taklimakan Rally and finishing on the podium for Chinese crews at the Silk Way Rally. He will also be able to count on the advice and experience of co-driver Hongyu Pan, who has already completed the Dakar twice in South America. Curiously, he finished in a solid 31st place in the cars on both occasions, first with Yuande Zhou in 2012 and then alongside Yong Zhou in 2014. Hongyu also joined Wei Han on the top step of the podium at the 2015 Taklimakan Rally and won the China class of the Silk Way in 2018 with Liu Kun. Crucially, the 36-year-old knows that the Dakar is a marathon, not a sprint. Backed by the ambitious BAIC team -who are entering two other car crews, and will be assisted by Overdrive Racing- the Chinese pair could well spring a surprise as they look to give Yangui a memorable debut.

Y.L.: “The Dakar has always been a dream for me, and I'm very happy that it has come true this year. My co-driver and I have already teamed up for some rally races in China. He's given me some important advice to get well prepared for Dakar. The goal is to get into the top 15. I grew up in northern Shaanxi, which is a great place for cross-country races. I've been fond of cars since childhood, and gradually entered the world of offroad rally through local competitions. It's been a very difficult year, but sometimes I was able to take my car out into the desert for some training.”

H.P.: “From my two previous Dakar experiences, I've learnt one thing: going fast or slow doesn't depend on your speed, but how you control your pace. What I've told my driver is not to rush, but to listen to his heart and trust his instincts.”

Vehicle

BAIC ORV

  • Mark : BAIC
  • Model : BJ40
  • Performance tuner : Overdrive Racing
  • Assistance : Overdrive Racing
  • Class : T1.1 petrol modified A-T 4x4

Ranking 2021

Scratch Stage General
0 33 33 33
1 24 24 24
2 19 19 22
3 17 17 17
4 31 31 20
5 31 31 18
6 15 15 15
7 21 21 14
8 20 20 14
9 28 28 14
10 31 31 13
11 15 15 14
12 30 30 15

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