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Dakar Rally 2014: Interview with Timo Gottschalk - Aiming for the victory.




After engine failure put paid to his Dakar Rally 2013 campaign, Carlos Sainz's co-driver Timo Gottschalk has unfinished business in the Dakar Rally – and it’s clear that his goal is nothing short of victory in the 2014 Dakar. The [ RED BULL BLOG ] was talking with the German navigator.

RB: Timo, you’ve faced just about every problem there is in the Dakar Rally and really tested your skills as a mechanic – including plugging a leak with a sock. So do your socks still smell of petrol?

Timo Gottschalk: "Yes. I still have a score to settle with the rally. Last year we got off to a great start – we even led a few times. But then we had to retire due to technical problems. So all you can tell yourself is, ‘OK, there’s always next year’. We've proved we can get a result and we'll be back next year."

RB: The route is quite different to last year – there’s less desert and more gravel. What surface do you prefer?

Timo Gottschalk: "Desert is part of the Dakar DNA, so there tends to be lots of desert stages. We started in Lima and the first few days were hard with lots of dunes, sand and open desert. This time we’re starting near Buenos Aires again, so there’s much more gravel in the early stages. But when we reach the Atacama Desert, we get to really savour the desert and dunes, which really suit our SMG Buggy. It’s important that we don’t lose too much time in the stages that are less favourable to us and make the most of the more favourable conditions."

RB: What is it about the Dakar that brings you back year after year?

Timo Gottschalk: "It's a great adventure. Two weeks that are so tough that reaching the finish line, not winning, is the greatest reward. Every year has its special moments and that’s what makes you come back."

RB: But at the end of the rally, do you find yourself swearing never to return?

Timo Gottschalk: "I think everyone feels the same. You're so tired, you need a few weeks to recover. But after a few months, you remember all the adventure and beautiful moments and start thinking about trying again. It’s truer now more than ever, because we had the pace to win but we didn’t finish. We have to try again."

RB: What is your goal this year?

Timo Gottschalk: "Winning! It's not easy: you need luck, you need to think clearly and drive intelligently. You have to get it right every day."

RB: People say that the most dangerous thing in the Dakar is to lose a lot of time one day and then push too hard to get it back the next...

Timo Gottschalk: "That's true. Especially in the desert. You have to be very careful because a problem like getting stuck in a sand dune can be solved in a few minutes or it can take a lot longer."

RB: What are the three essential items you always take with you to the Dakar?

Timo Gottschalk: "Almost everyone has something secret to bring them luck or family mementos to remind you of home. But to be honest, the Dakar is so demanding you don’t have time to think about anything else. Even the rest day is stressful."

2013/11/25 | 20:03 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/RED BULL











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Dakar Rally 2014: Honda Team HRC satisfied with 2014, begins work for 2015. | 20.01.2014 19:46 |




Dakar Rally 2014: GWM/Haval achieves another Top 10 position in Dakar 2014. | 20.01.2014 19:38 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Solid finish for Lucio Alvarez and new Ford Racing team. | 20.01.2014 19:32 |




Dakar Rally 2014: De Villiers and Dabrowski as 4th and 7th best Toyotas. | 19.01.2014 21:46 |




Dakar Rally 2014: 2013 winner Cyril Despres finishing fourth after tough race. | 19.01.2014 21:23 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Ronan Chabot and Gilles Pillot in fast finish in the Dakar. | 19.01.2014 21:14 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Team El Martillo Racing finished in their first Dakar Rally. | 19.01.2014 20:15 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Riwald Dakar Team crosses the finish line in Valparaiso. | 19.01.2014 20:01 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS12 on Friday | 18.01.2014 00:45 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS12 on Friday | 18.01.2014 00:43 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS12 on Friday | 18.01.2014 00:42 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Orlando Terranova celebrates his first stage win in SS11. | 17.01.2014 02:51 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Strong show from Argentine Alvarez in arid Atacama in SS11. | 17.01.2014 02:21 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Team HRC riders overcome long stage and maintain posis. | 17.01.2014 01:54 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Third stage victory for overall bikes leader Marc Coma. | 17.01.2014 01:47 |




Dakar Rally 2014: No surprises for Speedbrain team in Atacama stage 11. | 17.01.2014 01:41 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS11 on Thursday | 17.01.2014 01:36 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS11 on Thursday | 17.01.2014 00:31 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS11 on Thursday | 16.01.2014 23:25 |




Dakar Rally 2014: The tenth stage brought gold - Stagewin for Czech Loprais. | 16.01.2014 22:48 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Team Dessoude with the last two cars reached the finish SS10. | 16.01.2014 22:46 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Ford´s Alvarez - "We handled it well and did a good job". | 16.01.2014 22:42 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Carlos Sainz "I'm really disappointed to be out of the race". | 16.01.2014 21:17 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Robby Gordon and his HST Gordini 22nd after Stage 10. | 16.01.2014 20:32 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Great Wall Haval and Lavieille moves up after Stage 10. | 16.01.2014 20:27 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Iveco-pilot Gerard de Rooy still on the lead after SS10. | 16.01.2014 20:00 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Mini´s are leading 1-2-3, second stagewin for Al Attiyah. | 16.01.2014 01:55 |




Dakar Rally 2014 BLOG: Dongfeng Challenge heading forward to Antofagasta. | 16.01.2014 01:54 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS10 Wednesday | 16.01.2014 00:29 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Spectacular double for Honda - Barreda still second overall. | 15.01.2014 23:40 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Bad luck for Speedbrain - Israel Esquerre out after crash. | 15.01.2014 23:37 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Coma continues to lead the Dakar after SS10 Antofagasta. | 15.01.2014 22:26 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS10 on Wednesday | 15.01.2014 21:52 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS10 on Wednesday | 15.01.2014 21:23 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS09 on Tuesday | 15.01.2014 01:16 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS09 on Tuesday | 14.01.2014 23:14 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS09 on Tuesday | 14.01.2014 22:33 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Gerard De Rooy 2nd in SS08 with only a little loss of time. | 14.01.2014 22:31 |




















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