This year, ASO (Dakar rally’s organizer) decided to create a new category, the SSV and for this very first time, the Brazilian team of LEANDRO TORRES AND LOURIVAL ROLDAN win it! It is a victory that will stay in the Dakar’s history. “It is my second Dakar, says Leandro at the finish line. I started in cross country rally last year, in Merzouga, and now I take the victory of the first edition of the SSV category in the Dakar, this is incredible! My dream has come true!
It was hard, but very different compared to last year. I was more aggressive and I adore the special stages that change the type of soil every day: stones, soft sand, and all… but the road connections were very long and difficult because of the temperatures that went from 50 to about 5 Celsius degrees…”
The Chinese team of Wang Fujiang and Li Wei #386 took the second place overall, only 4’42 from Torres/Roldan and take the “rookie” category in SSV!
“This is amazing, explains the co-driver, Li Wei. It was a fantastic experience! I learned with a master of navigation in China, Liyo, who finishes the Dakar on the 18th position. In two years, he taught me how to drive. The first stages were difficult because of the high heat and we thought we would never make it… we even had to drive at night. We have never done that before, but Marco kept us motivated. Then, we keep progressing day after day and we finished as the first rookies! Incredible!”
“To me, this was like war against myself. The RZR works great and I found navigation was easy, except one or two days. Physically, it didn’t seem so hard to me…”
“I love the Dakar!”
Fifth overall, the Chinese crew of Li Dongsheng and Quanqian Guan #374.
Regarding the French team in Africa Race, Frederic Pitout and Herve Lavergne, they finished 18th overall with their Polaris RZR 1000+30.
We wish everyone a wonderful 2017 and see you soon in our new adventures!