|Dakar Rally 2014: Aldo Desert Warrior team pushing anti-AIDS campaign.|
The "Aldo Racing Team" from Montreal is proud to announce that driver David Bensadoun and co-driver Patrick Beaulé will race in the 2014 edition of the Dakar Rally across Argentina and Chile. The team is also racing to push an anti-Aids initiative.
"ALDO is urging everyone (and their friends) to join in its continued fight against AIDS with the launch of a new fundraising and awareness campaign: #FRIENDSFIGHT" the team reported. "The campaign kicks off at the Dakar Rally, where the Aldo Racing team is on a mission to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS as they navigate their way from Argentina to Chile in the annual 15-day off-road endurance race. Aldo has been actively involved in the fight against AIDS for almost 30 years and has raised more than $10 million for international AIDS programs."
This will be the third Dakar race for both Bensadoun and Beaulé. The team will use a purpose-built Desert Warrior 3 prepared by Rallyraid.co.uk in England and tested in Morocco, Spain and in England over the last few months.
According to David Bensadoun, an experienced racer on two and four wheels, "Dakar 2014 will be an incredible challenge. The organizers have made the course longer and harder this year than in the recent past. This is great news for us as Patrick and I come from an enduro racing background and in that world the tougher it is the more we like it! Patrick and I are younger than the average team and we are training very hard to make sure we can handle anything they throw at us."
With two Dakar finishes under his belt, one as a top independant motorcycle rider in 2013, co-driver Patrick Beaulé is aiming for a top-30 finish amongst the cars teams. "We have done the preparation work and have the tools and the team to do well. I feel it will pay back!" As a team, David and Patrick won the "Best Rookie Team" award in 2012 and are the only Canadian team to ever have finished the Dakar in the car category.
2013/11/26 | 02:37 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ALDO