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MAN Portugal and Elisabete Jacinto sign work-driver contract

MAN Portugal and Elisabete Jacinto on Friday signed a contract giving the Portuguese sportswoman the status of official driver - a contract that will initially run until the end of the 30th Dakar rally in 2008. The German truck manufacturer, which has a long tradition of participating in off-road competitions, produces trucks adapted for the major African marathons in which the brand has had great success.

In this year’s Lisbon-Dakar rally, the team led by Hans Stacey brilliantly brought in its MAN in second place. The technical and sporting arguments advanced by MAN were decisive in Elisabete Jacinto’s decision, determined as she is to win a place in the Top 10 in the coming editions of the emblematic African competition. Elisabete Jacinto will have the use of a MAN M2000, a 4x4 truck which, in its competition version, weighs 8.5 tonnes and is fitted with a 6800 cc, 450 bhp engine.

Elisabete Jacinto, who continues to have the backing of Trifene 200, is convinced of her ability to progress as a sportswoman and conquer new targets in off-road truck competitions. "I now feel ready for bigger things. The excellent reception we have had from MAN and the working conditions that we have been offered are very important factors in achieving our goals", she says. "The status of official driver I have been accorded by MAN Portugal is a very important guarantee and demonstrates their commitment to this project".

Elisabete Jacinto began her career at the wheel of a truck in the 2003 Dakar event, taking up a challenge that only two other women had accepted up to then, although without success. In 2004, she conquered this hurdle, later going on to bigger things. She won a stage of the Tunisian Rally and became the first woman overall winner in an off-road competition by winning the 2005 Shamrock rally.

2006/05/15 I 12:40 CET I Editor:

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