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SA-Dakar Rally: French mixed-team Dessoude saddened but still in the race.







The whole team Dessoude swept into action around the car of Christian Lavieille and Jean-Michel Polato, in order to allow them to continue the adventure. Unfortunately, the Dakar took a different decision, and it was with sadness and emotion that Dessoude decided to withdraw the fleet’s flagship from the race. Despite this blow, Team Dessoude is far from giving up, and is mobilising its forces around the other crews, which are on the pace.

Even after 30 editions of the Dakar, André Dessoude could not hide hisdisappointment. The new car had given rise to many hopes, but unfortunately, the machinery was hit by the hand of fate.

"The car is beautiful, and we wereimmediately conscious of its potential. Therefore, to take the decision to retireis extremely difficult. We tried everything to repair it, but there are issues which cannot be solved at a bivouac."

"The heat and the altitude seriously disturbed the electronic management system, and the car, even if it is still running, cannot continue in the race. Of course, this is a blow to the morale of the whole team, but the event is not over. The adventure must go on, and we still have four vehicles in the event, whose are flying our colours high, and whose performances are bringing us satisfaction."

Christian Lavieille is on the liaison, and joined the team at the day’s bivouac. "What can I say? The car was competitive, and I was waiting impatiently to be able to make the most of its potential, but an incident, which was probably quite minor, is preventing us from doing so. However, we tried everything, starting with the intervention of the assistance team on the stage."

"Thanks to them, we were able to get out of the special stage after spending the night there. I have to say that going through the dunes in the dark, pulled by a truck, is always very impressive! Afterwards, the mechanics searched in vain, as the electronic problem cannot be solved. It is disappointing. One edition of the Dakar may follow another, but sometimes, they are not the same" the French said.

Isabelle Patissier and Thierry Delli Zotti are now one of the best hopes for Team Dessoude to finish on the podium, but as far as Isabelle is concerned, there is no question of changing her policy of taking care of the car.

"We were very cautious today as the very rough terrain is dangerous for the buggies. The rally is only just getting underway, so we will play the safety card and increase the pace very gradually. At the end of the special stage, we went from the rocks to the fords, and then again, considering the way the mechanical parts of the buggy are placed, it is not really our sort of ground. But despite a few problems we got through it all, although at times I dream of having watertight doors and windows."

Frédéric Chavigny and Jean Brucy have finished the apprenticeship phase of the Atacama prototype and their pace is increasing. Today, they gained seven places in the overall classification, and they are hungry for more.

"Each time that we reach the bivouac, it is already a victory, as between the difficulties we face on the route and the intense heat, we could have retired dozens of times. But today, we decided to increase the rhythm, as the car is very pleasant to drive and has no problems. The vehicle is new, and like all new cars, it has a few teething problems! Today, for example, a battery problem almost resulted in a fire. Luckily, it was just a scare, but we still lost 40 minutes."

Thierry Magnaldi and François Borsotto were doing better today than the other cars aiming for the two-wheel-drive podium, but unfortunately, at the end of the special stage, they had to give up their lead.

"A much better day today, and overall we had good rhythm, good navigation and a good feeling. But then we had a puncture at the end of the route, which lost us precious time. However, we have still gained a few places in the overall classification and we are just off the provisional podium. There is still a long way to go!"

The Chinese team Jihong Zhou and Liao Min are going like clockwork. They are covering the kilometres with no problems, and each day they are gaining places in the overall classification: "Every day is different on the Dakar. The route includes various obstacles which are getting larger and larger, and you have to be vigilant. Having had my first taste of the dunes yesterday, today was my first time through a ford. For a beginner, it is not really any easier. Once again, we have reached the bivouac, and it is already a real delight to get back to Team Dessoude."

2012/01/04 | 15:20 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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