A bit of family history links Dakar debutant Miguel Jordão and his 2019 co-driver Lourival Roldan, the first-ever winner of the side-by-side (SxS) class with Leandro Torres in 2017. Back in 2003, Lourival was co-driver for Klever Kolberg as the Brazilian duo came 13th on the Dakar in the cars -while in the same rally, Miguel's father Pedro was navigating for Carlos Oliveira as they finished 25th. Now, 15 years later, Miguel is gearing up for his first tilt at the world's toughest rally with Lourival as his co-driver and Carlos as his sporting director! The 28-year-old originally followed in the footsteps of his uncle Carlos, a national karting champion, spending 12 years in the discipline before switching to rally raid. With the help of the highly experienced Lourival, who turned 60 in September, he will be looking to battle it out with the best. The first Brazilian winner of the Dakar is certainly relishing the challenge.
LR: “I did Dakar 2003 against Miguel's father Pedro. He was Carlos Oliveira's co-driver and I was navigating for Klever Kolberg, so we were competing in the same year. That's how I know Miguel, and I became his navigator because of my knowledge and results. This will be my 10th Dakar and I have a lot of experience in side-by-side and UTV racing. I know Can-Am, Polaris, I know the machines and I know how to navigate in Dakar. I've completed the rally seven times. Miguel and I have done two races together, the Desafio Inca in October and the Rallye du Maroc in November. In Morocco we had a great experience on the last day, winning a 200-kilometre stage by over four minutes. We started towards the back but ended up finishing first, so it was great. Miguel is a fast driver and we had good navigation, so when the car was working fine we had solid results. I think we'll have a good fight at this Dakar. There are lots of top drivers and navigators. The other guys from Brazil are strong: Reinaldo Varela, Cristian and Marcos Baumgart, and they all have good navigators. Then there's the American Casey Currie, and Gerard Farres from Spain. It'll be a big battle every day and it will be very difficult to win the rally. Only in the last day, the last hour, will we have a champion.”
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