Dakar 2023: presentation of the contractors who will return to the track on December 31

Dakar 2023: presentation of the contractors who will return to the track on December 31

The 2023 edition of the Dakar will begin on December 31 in Saudi Arabia and end on January 15, 2023.

The countdown is on. On December 31, the Dakar competitors, gathered again in Saudi Arabia, will compete in a short introduction on the shores of the Red Sea.

Then, according to the unchanging tradition, serious things will start from the first hours of the new year with the first stage which will be followed by thirteen others until January 15 and arrive in Dammam, on the shores of the Arabian Gulf this time. .

This long journey in the Saudi sands, there are several “regional” pilots and pilots to prepare for. Romain Dumas is not the most famous of them.

Very happy to be at the start of the Dakar again in 2023 in the colors @RebellionRacing . For this entry @RDlimitedTeam will have two Toyota Hilux repairs for Alexandre Pesci driven in collaboration with Stéphan Kuhni, and when will I accompany Max Delfino? pic.twitter.com/dgcPEZzCCG

– Romain Dumas (@RomainDumas) November 22, 2022

For his seventh participation in the most famous public invasion, the champion of Alesia has changed his voice by changing the “local” cars, created by his team, to the more common Toyota Hilux T1 +. One that he will drive with Max Delfino, his new co-driver, and the second entrusted to Alexandre Pesci, who is also the team’s title sponsor and his Rebellion watch brand.

“It’s a little sad to leave what I’ve invested in the last few years, but the technical rules of the Dakar have changed in a bad direction for a bugger like me. With Toyota’s “competition customer” they should go well. These are high performance cars (Toyota Hilux won the last Dakar with Al-Attiyah, ndla) and this time, I’m going with an experienced sailor”describes the two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, whose preparations were limited to short test sessions at Château-Lastours and then Dubai.

Top 10 goals for Delaunay and Minaudier

It is also in Toyota that Sébastien Delaunay is about to participate in his thirteenth Dakar. Within the official Overdrive team, the Catalan will support the Dutch driver Erik Van Loon with whom he will participate in all world rally-raid championships.

“Based on the results we got this year, we can aim to enter the top ten. For that, it will be important to run with intelligence from those who will fight hard for victory”analyzes the person in question.

As a result in the top 10, Aveyron co-driver Loïc Minaudier also has good reason to dream of it. To the right of Mathieu Serradori, he signed a big success last year by reaching seventh place in a Century car made in South Africa. Why should history not repeat itself, when the two men again came out of the same mountain?

Jean-Remy Bergounhe and Valentin Sarreaud from Aveyron will also be on the journey in buggies, Optimuses and Chevrolet engines, the second in the company of Christian Lavieille, one of the figures of the Dakar from over his twenty appearances.

soon @francetvsport and @gael_robic for my 20th @2023DakarLive ? https://t.co/uQezja11Wy

– Christian Lavieille (@LavieilleChris) December 14, 2022

“At my level, it’s a big challenge to leave with a driver of this experience!”attracts the Alesian fireman.

Finally, there will also be locals in SSV or “Proto Léger” vehicles. This will be the case of former Gard cyclists Adrien and Mickaël Metge and Perpignan Eric Abel.

Program: – December 31, introduction. – January 1, the first step. – January 15, 14 and the last stage, arriving in Dammam. – 8,549 km course including 4,706 km of timed events.

? The official route of Dakar 2023!
? Sea Camp – Dammam?
? 8,549 km (4,706 SS km)

➡️ #Dakar2023 pic.twitter.com/5NdiwUiYPq

– DAKAR Collection (@dakar) December 1, 2022