|Dakar Rally 2014: Sainz and Chabot both with a successful second stage.|
Following the celebrations of a surprise Stage 1 win, the Dakar once again proved what a cruel mistress it can be when Carlos Sousa´s lead with the Chinese Great Wall Haval H8 suffered turbo problems 33 km into the arduous Stage 2 which took competitors from San Luis to San Rafael on Monday.
"What a pity for Carlos," said team manager Pengcheng Su. "When we got the news that the turbo had stopped working, we asked him to wait for the T4 assistance vehicle in order to avoid deeper engine damages. The mechanic will repair the car tonight, and Carlos will continue on Tuesday." As we saw, the car was still totally ripped shortly before the start of SS03 at Tuesday morning...
Sadly, having lost many hours due to this problem, Sousa is unlikely to be able to stage a comeback into the top ten. The team´s hopes for a top five placing now rests on the shoulders of its new recruit, Frenchman Christian Lavieille. The Great Wall Haval team aims to improve on the two 6th places achieved by Sousa in 2012 and 2013.
Following a top ten finish in Stage 1 and driving the #315 car, Frenchmen Christian Lavieille in the second Great Wall continued with his solid performance thus far, finishing the stage in 8th place and moving up to 7th place overall. He is therefore well-placed to achieve the team´s goals. "Christian Lavieille's race is good, we hope he can continue like that," said team manager Pengcheng Su.
2014/01/07 | 19:22 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/GW