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SA-Dakar Rally: André Dessoude - "Peru is within sight for Team Dessoude".





On the attack all day, the Dessoude teams fought well to arrive safely wednesday evening in Arica. This final Chilean special stage gave Thierry Magnaldi his best result of the event so far. As for Jihong Zhou, he continues to show his skills, and is now just outside the Top 20. And now, the team from Normandy are heading for Peru!

"This time, we're nearly there, Peru is within sight for Team Dessoude." This was one of André Dessoude's cherished ambitions, which has finally been achieved. For this, the teams had to fight once again with a very rough track, which proved fatal to quite a few competitors. Despite everything, the atmosphere remains excellent. André Dessoude's troupes cannot hide their delight at taking part in tomorrow's stage, which should, quite probably, go down in Dakar history.

As far as the classifications are concerned, the results are generally satisfactory, with most notably Thierry Magnaldi's Buggy not far from the top 10, proving his speed. Chinese Jihong Zhou continues to amaze all observers. For his very first Dakar, the Chinese driver is coping well with the distances, and always finishes towards the top of the classification. The quote of the day goes to André Dessoude: "It is getting harder and harder, and we have lost count of the sleepless nights, but we will go on to the end!"

One special stage follows another, but unfortunately for Isabelle Patissier and Thierry Delli Zotti (28th), they are not all alike. Setting off at an excellent pace to aim for a good result, the buggy probably hit a rock in the rough terrain which ended up breaking part of the steering. Luckily for Isabelle, Thierry Delli Zotti is not only an excellent co-driver but is also an unrivalled mechanic, who was able to find a solution without having to wait for the fast service truck. A solution which allowed them to finish the special stage while losing the least possible time for an incident of this nature.

A tailor-made stage for Thierry Magnaldi (17th), who had already shown what he could do yesterday... At one point, Magnaldi was lying 11th in the special stage and was heading towards the top ten, leading the two-wheel-drive category and the buggies. However, at the end of the stage, he had to be content with 19th position. In the dunes, he suffered a problem with the re-inflating tube, the buggy got beached in the sand... the whole operation took 30 minutes... That's the Dakar...

A more difficult day for the Chinese crew, who suffered from rear brake problems towards the end of the special stage (21st Overall). They had to alter their pace and lost a few minutes. Despite everything he finished in the top 30 and is now lying just outside the Top 20 in the overall classification.

"Even if the landscapes are magnificent, I have to admit now that it is difficult. The Dakar is quite formidable; it really wears out the machinery and leaves its mark on those taking part. More and more are withdrawing but we are still going, ready to face tomorrow's stage, which is new for everyone... "

2012/01/12 | 11:42 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/DESSOUDE











SA-Dakar 2012: Robby Gordon loses Dakar excluding appeal and 5th place. | 10.04.2012 16:11 |




SA-Dakar 2012: Imperial Toyota South Africa team now officially 3rd & 10th. | 10.04.2012 15:13 |




SA-Dakar 2012: New rally-book about the Dakar "Tales From The Bivouac" | 29.03.2012 20:51 |




Dakar Rally 2013: Hungarian Opel Team - typical semi-team rallystory | 05.02.2012 01:04 |




SA-Dakar Rally: OSCar eO becomes the first electric vehicle to finish Dakar. | 29.01.2012 22:56 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Recap - Robby Gordon "Ready to start talking about 2013". | 22.01.2012 14:36 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Darren Skilton finished with the help of Australia´s Olholm. | 21.01.2012 22:20 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Third successive truck category win for Japanese Hino Trucks. | 19.01.2012 16:43 |




SA-Dakar Rally: The "real" car heroes - Xavier Foj wins T2 production class. | 16.01.2012 21:33 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Rally costs Peru 400 mio USD, country will be start in 2013. | 16.01.2012 18:57 |




SA-Dakar Rally: "Ginny" and "Schnietz" - A story of friendship and respect. | 16.01.2012 18:18 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Mitsubishi result - "Small moments have significant impact". | 16.01.2012 16:09 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Jihong/Min best Nissan & Chinese, Magnaldi 3rd in buggies. | 16.01.2012 14:51 |




SA-Dakar Rally: André Dessoude - "Not a difficult Dakar, but a complicated". | 16.01.2012 14:19 |




SA-Dakar Rally: History in Trucks - Iveco first time beat legendary Kamaz. | 15.01.2012 23:39 |




SA-Dakar Rally: "Dakar Dominator" - X-raid with 5 Mini and 3 BMW in Lima. | 15.01.2012 23:00 |




SA-Dakar Rally: First X-raid win - Quandt "Achieved our long-awaited goal". | 15.01.2012 22:38 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Sousa/Garcin in Top 10 - Great Wall "Let´s talk about future". | 15.01.2012 21:59 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Peterhansel, Foj, Chabot and De Rooy winners cars & trucks. | 15.01.2012 20:55 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Aprilia without changing engine - Duclos "Think about 2013". | 15.01.2012 20:37 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Husqvarna Speedbrain Team happy about 6 podium finishes. | 15.01.2012 20:19 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Kinigadner "Despres/Coma battle one of tightest in history". | 15.01.2012 20:05 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Cyril Despres 4th Dakar title ever, 11th for KTM from Austria. | 15.01.2012 19:03 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS TRUCKS: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 18:18 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS CARS: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 18:16 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS BIKES: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 17:32 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Dakar reaches Lima City - De Rooy winner in trucks. | 15.01.2012 16:32 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Third at first Dakar Rally - Toyota makes motorsport history. | 15.01.2012 16:17 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Peterhansel, Roma and De Villiers the car winners. | 15.01.2012 15:17 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: That´s it for Bikes - Coma penalty, Despres winner. | 15.01.2012 15:07 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Ten Brinke/Baumel best Mitsubishi crew in 2012 and Top 10. | 15.01.2012 13:54 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Dessoude´s Zhou Jihong / Liao Min best Nissan after SS 13. | 15.01.2012 13:10 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Hino Trucks to achieve goal of winning "Under 10-litre class". | 15.01.2012 12:46 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Sensational 3rd place for Toyota - only 29 kms to finish line. | 15.01.2012 12:03 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Carlos Sousa and Great Wall gets back the 7th place overall. | 14.01.2012 22:46 |




SA-Dakar Rally: X-raid Peterhansel and Iveco De Rooy on the edge of glory. | 14.01.2012 21:58 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Aprilia´s Alain Duclos last factory-rider without engine change. | 14.01.2012 21:24 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Peterhansel wins in cars, Karginov-Kamaz in Trucks. | 14.01.2012 20:28 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Leader Cyril Despres "SS 13 was psychologically very tough". | 14.01.2012 19:59 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Speedbrain - "The final demanding test of this year´s race". | 14.01.2012 19:35 |




















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