|SA-Dakar Rally: Sousa/Garcin and their Great Wall Haval climbs 7th overall.|
Carlos Sousa confirmed Tuesday the 7th place overall in one of the most mythical stages of the South American Dakar and one of the most spectacular arrivals of all event, with the famous and steep descent towards Iquique, with the Pacific Ocean in the horizon. Being the seventh fastest to conclude the special stage with 556 km the Portuguese driver from Great Wall keeps Leonid Novitskiy’s X-raid Mini under pressure, getting closer to him for the second day in a row.
"It was a long and weary day, that’s for sure, but we manage to succeed without any great problems, despite some dangerous out of track passages and some serious navigation work" said Sousa after the stage. "My greatest helplessness is not being able to keep the same pace as the Mini’s. It is frustrating watching then passing by and not being able to react."
"In short, it is an uneven battle that we have to fight to the end, and continue to bet on our consistency and the reliability that the Great Wall has shown until now. We gained 51 seconds today, which is not much considering how far we are from him overall - about 15 minutes. Even though we know that it won’t be easy to close this gap until the end, we are going to try to keep him under pressure in the next stages", promised the best driver.
With scarce technical means to compete with the main car teams, the Portuguese driver has been making use of is extreme consistency and huge expertise to consolidate a historic result to a team that began its relationship to the greatest rally in the world only three years ago.
2012/01/11 | 14:06 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/GWM/SOUSA