|China Rally: Carlos Sousa and Miguel Ramalho close to victory in China.|
Carlos Sousa and Miguel Ramalho are 246 kilometers of the consecration of the "Great Rally of China". The Portuguese depart for the final stage with almost half hour lead over teammate Zhou Yong and - under normal conditions - nothing will prevent them from achieving victory, but there is still one day to go... A victory would be very important for "Great Wall", the biggest private automobile manufacturer in China.
"In 246 kilometers, a lot of things can happen," said Carlos Sousa, "but despite the advantage to the second classified, we will depart for the final step quite concentrated, so as to avoid the possible pitfalls of the land. The race is a great experience, sometimes we find ourselves like in the Dakar in Africa. A lot of deserts, many unspoilt paths. We have no doubt that the "Great Rally of China" is able to be one of the major world rallyraid events."
The team is testing for the Dakar Rally 2014: "Great Wall has done a good development work, especially in the suspension," Sousa added. "Regarding the engine, the development is still in progress."
In China the driver from Portugal is more and more becoming a celevrity: "The media coverage of the team is amazing and I gave many interviews and autographs. The Great Wall team is experiencing a huge euphoria!"
2013/09/27 | 18:38 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/RODRIGUES