N°383 Car OPEL DAKAR TEAM

BALAZS SZALAY

(hun) Born on 17/04/1965 at Dunaujvaros 1.79m / 104kg

Sponsors

Fa Men, Loctite, Generali, Opel, MVM Partner, RTL Klub

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2018: Ab.
2013: 24th
2012: 20th
2009: 22nd
2007: 35th
2006: 29th
2005: 21st
2004: 52nd
2003: Ab.
2002: Ab.
2000: 59th (with Tamas)
1998: Ab.
1996: Ab.

2012: Silk Way Rally (2nd)
2010: Hungarian championship (1st), Central European Trophy championship (1st)
2002: Rallye des Pharaons (1st)

Interview

“There were two million people waiting for us in Lima, like a living human wall!”

Veteran Hungarian driver Balázs Szalay has fond memories of his Dakar trips to Peru, especially when the country hosted the world's most famous rally for the first time in 2012. Seven years on, the 53-year-old returns with his faithful co-driver László Bunkoczi for a 14th participation, over 20 years after making his debut in 1996. It took him a while to find his groove -he only finished one of his first five Dakars- but after teaming up with László in 2004, he become one of the most consistent drivers in the field, completing the rally on seven consecutive occasions and even breaking into the top 20 on that memorable first trip to Lima. The duo returned last year for the 40th edition, but were forced to abandon after just three stages because of mechanical problems with their Opel Crossland X. Undeterred, they are back again in 2019 with a new-look Grandland X, determined to make up for last year and ensure they get through to that finishers' podium in the Peruvian capital.

“We have very nice memories of Peru when the Dakar first visited it in 2012. There were two million people waiting for us in Lima, like a living human wall! The passion and enthusiasm that surrounds motorsport and the Dakar is amazing, so it's a great experience to compete there. The tracks are sandy and very tricky, and the organisers have promises us dunes every day. I hope those dunes will make life difficult for other drivers in January, but not for us! Our Grandland X has got a brand-new engine, and I have to say that it took us a bit of time to get used to it! But there is no doubt that we will be stronger and faster with this beautiful car.”

Vehicle

OPEL DAKAR TEAM

  • Mark : OPEL
  • Model : GRANDLAND X
  • Performance tuner : Opel Dakar Team
  • Assistance : Opel Dakar Team
  • Class : A_T1.S : T1.S - Véhicules tout-terrain améliorés et non légers

Ranking 2019

Scratch Stage General
1 41 41 41
2 29 29 29
3 41 41 28
4 32 32 28
5 37 37 27
6 24 24 25
7 28 28 22
8 18 18 21
9 27 26 20
10 22 22 20

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