The terrain on this Dakar might be completely new for Carlos Sainz and his co-pilot, Lucas Cruz: “The large query now we have is what we’re going to discover. Apparently, the primary week of the race has a bit extra stone traits, a terrain that might give us some issues. The second week is a land of sand, dune, desert, “Sainz defined within the presentation of the automobile.
This yr I returned to run with the Mini two-wheel drive and each riders are comfortable for the modifications made this yr. “This is going to be the third Mini Dakar. The primary Dakar suffered sufficient, final yr the automobile was fairly quick, however we sinned to have failures with the strain of the tires and final yr for the terrain this was elementary. I didn’t create many issues, however that this yr is solved, “commented the two-time Dakar Rally.
Carlos was very proud of the modifications of the brand new automobile. “We’re very excited and each Lucas and I imagine that we can beat Toyota. We have now labored on the load of the automobile. The significance of the load is elementary and now we have improved this, which supplies us a margin of enchancment in comparison with others. to have the ability to higher discover that benefit of getting much less weight. “
“Toyota is our important rival”
“Toyota is our important rival in this Dakar. The opposite pilots are excellent too, however each we and Stphane are ready. The Toyota being a 4×4 and having much less journey, the rhythm that the 2 carry, has stunned us. If the terrain is with stones it is higher for us, our tires have a bigger diameter that favors us. Our rhythm is the important thing, now we have to attempt to spend the times and issues occur, “says Sainz.
The pilots have been coaching close to Saudi Arabia and the primary emotions have been constructive: “We haven’t educated precisely the place to be the check however you know the way to be the terrain. Loads of open floor, which we think mud might be a drawback. I used to be stunned that at 5:00 p.m. it is night time and the one who offers up ends the night time stage, “he mentioned.
Carlos Sainz had a few phrases for Fernando Alonso to take part for the primary time. “The primary participation is very tough, it is a competitors that is removed from Method 1. He has ready bodily and much more than we thought. He has performed sufficient kilometers, however I don’t imagine that this Dakar is a rival, combating the primary yr to win is tough, however we already know that not every little thing is mentioned within the Dakar. I want Fernando all the very best and that he does very nicely, “he concluded.
Story by Gabby Barker. (This story has not been edited)