|SA-Dakar 2013: Guerlain Chicherit will return to the Dakar with SMG Gache.|
Guerlain Chicherit, FIA World Cup winner and four-time world free-ride skiing champion, will make his return to the Dakar in 2013 after a year of intense preparation and personal investment. He will start again on four wheels - but with a SMG Gache Buggy.
Chicherit and SMG have organised a very complete team that includes, mechanics, navigator, physical therapist, nutritionist, sporting coach and chef. It will also have an impressive infrastructure (truck and rapid assistance car, several other assistance vehicles and motor home). A structure on par with a factory team.
"To collaborate with SMG is a real pleasure" said Chicherit. "The level of professionalism is such that I can really focus on my physical preparation and driving. I am super motivated to beat the pre-rally favourites."
At the controls of an SMG buggy specifically built and prepared for him, the objective of this worldclass competitor is clear: "The buggy is, in a word, fantastic, it is both well balanced and very fast. Throughout the training sessions, I have upped my objectives. Although I am aware the competition works hard and will not be easy to defeat, our objective is still victory!"
And Guerlain continues: "Everything is in place to aim very high, the team is ultra-professional. We have the support of several partners and in particular that of Marco Lemanski, President of Caradiboi, who has tremendous confidence in us. We will do all we can in order for this project to be a success."
SMG-boss Philippe Gache is happy with the new driver. "SMG has several Dakar wins in the two-wheel driver category; we now want to aim higher in the general classification. Guerlain is an accomplished driver, he knows how to go very fast and he has a remarkable talent for reading terrain. I really believe he is made for driving a buggy."
He added: "It is a very spectacular car with enormous potential. Guerlain is one of the rare professionals capable of getting the most out of this type of vehicle. He can create a surprise and the test sessions confirmed that this car is very fast! Guerlain has endless energy and it is a pleasure to work with him."
2012/10/10 | 14:49 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/SMG