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Dakar 2008: Czech Roman Kresta joins crew of X-Raid team

Roman Kresta will go Rally Dakar 2008 in half-factory team BMW. Czech rally driver will be a member of crew for supporting truck MAN and in 2009 he should enter in African adventure with BMW X3CC, an incisive special in cars. Contract in X-Raid AlgoDyne Green Power Racing Team provided him BPA sport marketing a.s. It was after Roman Kresta's successful testing in team.

Kresta was in close nomination at racing seat of tragically decedent Colin McRae. Instead of British legend there was finally signed up a former winner of Rally Dakar Bruno Saby. But the boss of the team Sven Quandt was very gripped by Roman. Especially during the hard June tests of new model BMW X3CC in Maroco.

Kresta's crew will go as so called quick assistance. It means it will be classified in trucks. But its priority will be a technical help for team- mates in X-Raid BMW specials. Roman will have a navigator and team engineer in cab.

Roman Kresta: "This contract is completely a new challenge for me and I'm looking forward it. As soon as skilled Bruno Saby got the place by BMW wheel, X-Raid team after my successful testing looked for a offer in a Dakar programme for me. I'm happy that I will drive a truck for a quick assistance. It's very important for me because I will drive the same way as all the racers. So I will see a legendary Dakar so close for the first time and it could fit in next years. I don't want to dissapoint because I would like to race with BMW special in 2009. Next week I'm going to X-Raid team seat to know all the member of the team as well as the car. Also the shakedown is waiting for us - the final test before January contest."

Antonin Charouz: "I enjoy Roman's contract. By his act he gripped Sven Quandt and it confirms driver's quality again. We firmed up with the chieves of the team that in 2008 Roman will gain experience in Dakar and in 2009 he will apply them as a driver of BMW car."

2007/12/20 | 15:47 CET | Editor: MR/Roman Kresta/HS

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