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





The formerly biggest Nissan Team and now Oryx-Buggy specialist Dessoude has three from five cars in Lima - a good result, as teamchef André Dessoude reported (extra article). Two well known names, Isabelle Patissier and Thierry Magnaldi, started with their Oryx-buggies - and finished good. But Dessoude also has: The best Nissan in the race - and the best Chinese crew.

Zhou Jihong and Liao Min started with the "Dessoude Nissan Proto 05", a totally prototype car, based on the former Nissan factory cars from 2003 and 2004. It was a long road for them but the Chinese crew never gave up.

For his first Dakar, Zhou Jihong has seen plenty and had to be mentally strong to keep going until the end. Always positive and willing to help, his 19th place is down to his determination. A fine reward and a position that he has defended until the very last stage.

"It was sometimes very difficult but we just want to succeed" Jihong reported. "Day after day, we had to keep going with Lima in our sights. And finally, we are there! It is with great joy that we have proudly carried the colours of China during this edition of the Dakar."

Thierry Magnaldi/François Borsotto and Isabelle Patissier/Thierry Delli Zotti started with their Oryx buggies, prepared by Team Dessoude. Magnaldi is classified 15th overall, third in the two-wheel-drive category (second diesel), while Isabelle finished in the top 30, in 29th position.

For the ‘young’ Diesel buggy of Magnaldi and Borsotto, there is a rather positive report. "This result is great for the whole team" said Magnaldi.

"The overall report is quite satisfactory, considering the youth of the car, and a rather chaotic first week where we had puncture after puncture. We worked hard on the settings, and I have to say that this is very positive for the future evolution of the Buggy. This is a good car, and has great potential. On this Dakar, we took an extra step with the car, and its future is looking good."

"This 2012 Dakar was not really difficult, and from a driver’s point of view, it became really interesting on the final three days, when the stages were more like those in Africa. The start of the route did not really allow drivers to express themselves, as it is almost impossible to overtake and the race turns into a caravan tain over terrain which degrades very quickly."

In Lima, Isabelle Patissier has just finished her 10th Dakar. Alongside Thierry Delli Zotti, this 2012 edition was not always very easy to manage and, like her team-mates, she was bothered by the ever-present dust and its consequences.

"The end of the race in Peru was difficult and intense, but we discovered there a magnificent pile of sand, which somewhat reconciled us with the Dakar. Year follows year, but the results are not the same. In 2011 we were 16th, and this year 29th. The main thing is that we reached the end of the adventure, and that we have climbed up on the podium in Lima."

"However, I do not particularly like this cohabitation between the cars and trucks, in particular on the sort of terrain where there is only one track. Mixing the categories, in the dust, is a bit like Russian roulette."

"It is complicated and dangerous, and impossible to get back in touch with the competitors in your own category. If there is a problem, there is nothing you can do… Before thinking about the future, we intend to make the most of Peru, where we have decided to take a week’s holiday, including, of course, a visit to Machu Picchu!"

2012/01/16 | 14:51 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/DESSOUDE/HS











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 |




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