N°361 Car BAIC ORV

BINGLONG LU

(chn) 1.7m / 65kg

Hobbies

Spending time with my children

Sponsors

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

First participation

2019: Asian Baja (2nd)
2018: Silk Way Rally (12th), Taklimakan Rally (2nd)
2017: Silk Way Rally (6th) Dongchuan Debris Rally (1st), Taklimakan Rally (2nd)
2016: Silk Way Rally (3rd Open class, 30th overall) Taklimakan Rally (1st T2, 10th overall)
2015: Taklimakan Rally (1st T2)

Interview

“It's the ultimate dream of every driver”

Binglong Lu is preparing to fulfil a lifelong ambition as he makes his Dakar debut in 2021. One of the most highly rated offroad drivers in China, he has been starring on the domestic and international scene for several years, achieving impressive results at the Taklimakan and Silk Way Rallies. Now, at 50, he is finally ready to tackle the big one. He will be joined in Saudi Arabia by talented co-driver Wenke Ma, who finished as the second-best rookie in the cars last year with Jianyun Jin, navigating their MD Rallye Optimus Buggy home in a superb 22nd place overall. This year they will be driving for the Beijing Automotive Industry Corp (BAIC), with assistance from Belgium-based rally raid experts Overdrive Racing. Binglong has been competing with BAIC since 2017, although his usual co-driver, He Sha, has linked up with Guoyu Zhang for Dakar 2021. The BAIC ORV team is entering three crews in total, with Yangui Liu and Hongyu Pan getting behind the wheel of the third car as the state-owned Chinese manufacturers look to make their mark on this 43rd edition.

B.L.: "As we all know, the Dakar is the one of most difficult rallies in the world, and the ultimate dream of every driver. I’m very grateful to BAIC for giving me this opportunity to compete with the best rally raid drivers in the world. I'm very excited to be signed up for Dakar 2021, but I also know that it's different from all the races I have participated in before. I think it will be even more difficult than I can imagine! My goal is to finish the race with the team and gain experience. A lot of events were cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but I always believe that things will get better through the efforts of all mankind. I still managed to participate in some competitions, such as Baja Russia-Northern Forest and various rally championships in China. I've been interested in cars since I first started driving. When I watched a rally in 1998 and I discovered that cars could drift sideways, I suddenly knew this was what I wanted to do!”

WM: “What I learnt from the last Dakar is that we need to be well prepared before the race. That includes physical training, mental stability, familiarity with the performance of our race car, and learning the regulations. During the rally, we have to find our own rhythm and make timely adjustments in terms of how we cooperate as a crew. I think that's the only way we can enjoy a successful Dakar. A lot of races in China were cancelled this year because of Covid-19, so I didn't have a chance to race with Binglong. We just spent a few days together during team training. So this will be the first time I've worked with him properly, but I'm still full of confidence. After all, Binglong is one of the best drivers in China. I hope to secure a good result for the Chinese drivers at Dakar 2021."

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
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1 39 39 39
2 22 22 29
3 12 12 25
4 33 33 26
5 26 26 21
6 18 18 18
7 29 29 18
8 17 17 17
9 29 29 17
10 12 12 16
11 17 17 16
12 12 12 13

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