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SA-Dakar Rally: Carlos Sousa - "Car is competitive and has a great engine".




During a break between breakfast and the departure towards Copiapó, where the stage will start tomorrow, Carlos Sousa talked about the compliments he has been receiving from the managers of Great Wall, about the curiosity and interest aroused by most of the international media, but also about the flu that affected him on the last few days, the lack of tests with the SUV Haval and, of course, his expectations for the rest of the competition.

"For now I think the race is going very well, concerning the outlined expectations, because we are regularly driving within the top-10 and among the main outsiders, considering that the MINI seem to be unbeatable," affirms the Portuguese driver in his debut year for the Chinese Team Great Wall Motors.

"Considering that I have not competed since last April, I think we started very well - sixth place in the opening stage. Although the two following days were characterized by a succession of little problems, such as flat tires, a door that was constantly opening and even an annoying flu which hindered me physically and only now seems to be disappearing," recalls Sousa.

"Of course I wanted more, but considering the fact that this project is very recent the limitations of the team, we have to be realistic and say that this is the best possible result at this point."

"The car is competitive and has a great engine. But to go further more tests would be necessary and probably also another race before the Dakar, as it was initially scheduled. Since that wasn’t possible many set-ups have been made here, stage after stage", explains the driver, confessing some difficulties to find the best set-up of the Haval.

"I still feel the car a little bouncy and the rear end is always loose. The problem is that if we constrain it too much, the temperature of the tires will be too high. Well, it is something we have to learn how to deal with, as well as the problem with the engine cooling, which delayed my team mate Zhou (Yong) in the first stage. Sometimes, as it happened yesterday, we have to slow down and be very cautious not to overstep the line," he clarifies.

Anyway, despite all these limitations, the managers of the Great Wall don’t stop praising the Portuguese driver’s performance: "They have been following the race from China and even today they told me they are extremely satisfied with the result, which is far beyond the team’s expectations. And they ask me not to take risks, this is already very good and they prefer that I maintain this position than attack harder."

"But of course it is difficult to get to this position and just keep it until the end! I always want more and I won’t give up the chance of gaining any position. But I also realize that, at this point, considering the competitiveness of the other cars, this can only happen if the cars ahead of me have any problem." affirms Carlos Sousa.

"Before this competition I was in China and was welcomed by the president of the company ,who wanted to make sure that the result is not the most important aspect and that they are more concerned with the safety rather than with a historic result. It is a very responsible attitude, which is also very realist, considering the limitations of this participation."

"Of course we, drivers, always want more and more. And that is what we are trying to achieve, by balancing our ambition and the interests of the Great Wall. From this point of view, I think we are in the right path. Zhou (Yong) himself after the delay in the opening stage, has been recovering positions day after day and even yesterday he was one of the 20 fastest drivers in the stage," pointed out the Portuguese driver.

2012/01/07 | 13:56 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/RRMG/PRESSAPORTER











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 |




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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 |




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