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Sainz,Attiyah et al..
Over at race dez ..
Originally Posted by Robert Ollivier
It's not yet official but in few days, Red Bull, the main sponsor, will annonce than Nasser Al Attiyah, Carlos Sainz and...Thierry Magnaldi will race the Dakar 2013 in the same team with three cars built as you know in California. Magnaldi will work to test and make first ťvolutions on the cars
Originally Posted by Mark_Miller
She is 50 years, but maintains the same enthusiasm for running when he made his first steps on the winding roads of the mountains of Madrid in the 70's with a hint of a rally car. Carlos Sainz still active. Nothing retiring. Moreover, the Spaniard intends to contest the next edition of the Dakar. Want to stay on the 5th January in Lima on the podium to give out on the beaches of the Peruvian capital.
The former winner of the 2010 has pretty much bound to return to competition at the highest level. In 2012 they left wanting after Volkswagen withdraw official support to a team that had swept the stakes in the mythical past Raid. He made mild attempts, but found a squad of guarantees. A pilot can not keep his prestige to crawl.
stages. Spanish is the most won in cars in history
However, in 2013 the situation will be different. Sainz tried, first, achieve official Mini go to South America. It is the only brand with factory support and the top point topped last January with Stephane Peterhansel and Nani Roma. The attempts were not successful for a sponsorship problem.
Carlos has been throughout the last part of his sporting life with Red Bull and other energy drink, Monster, is the main sponsor of the official squad Mini. The Spaniard could not break away from the Austrians because his son is part of the Young Driver of Red Bull.
Toyota and raised
The next attempt was with Toyota, but was soon discarded. No warranties offered basic techniques for not punishing the deserts. The best choice came with Nasser Al-Attiyah. The Qatari, after winning an Olympic medal in shooting in London focused on his next passion rallies. With CitroŽn WRC ended badly. It thwarted his dream of going with them to Dakar. So seek new solutions. And found them in the same continent where the Raid dispute since 2009, in America, but North.
The winner of 2011 contacted Jeffries Racing, a California company that manufactures buggys. Nasser is also Red Bull's orbit and thus gave the project to Salzburg. He was given the nod. Sainz, knowing the plans, canvassed the option of having a car like that and received approval from Volkswagen, who has worked to develop the Polo WRC and who is advisor.
The team is quite advanced as Thierry Magnaldi, expert pilot-not in vain buggies raced in the past one-Dakar has been responsible for the development of the machine. In fact, I would participate in the next edition dakariana, but his job will be to Sainz. The machine is adapted to the new regulations and has a power greater than the Mini. Its weight is so small that even as ballast will have to reach the 1,400 kilos that are required.
Without Lucas Cruz
One of the few remaining to be closed fringes is who will be the co-driver Sainz. He wanted it to be Lucas Cruz, who won in 2010, but the Catalan has a long-term contract with Al-Attiyah. In fact, and ran together with a Hummer in 2012.
What has made Carlos are technical guarantees that the car will be reliable. Obviously it will not be as indestructible as the Touareg has been made, but there will be mechanical engineers and contrasted. Nasser made a test from 7 to 15 November in the U.S.. Carlos is not to go with his son to the Macau F3. Yes you can try it in December.
Buggies from the good ole USA... all we need is Schlesser to go in.. by the looks of the pre run there are going to be ALOT of dunes!
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