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






Carlos Sousa and Jean-Pierre Garcin left 2012 Dakar with a fifth place in the short 29 km-stage which took the "survivals" of this edition to the Peruvian capital. Repeating the achievement of 2005, 2006 and 2007, the Portuguese driver finished his 13th participation in an excellent seventh position overall, as the best Portuguese car competitor.

Overcoming the best expectations in the debut with his new team and driving a SUV Haval, he offered Great Wall the best result ever of a Chinese team in this event. This is, perhaps, only the start of this relationship - because the Chinese delegates of Great Wall Motors will meet Sousa personally within the next days to talk about the future.

With a feeling of accomplishment and full conviction that it would be impossible to do better, Carlos Sousa kept his promise of returning in an excellent shape to the Dakar, after last year’s forced absence, and leading one of the youngest and inexperienced teams in the car squad to the international foreground.

"Considering the youth of this project and the several constraints related to this participation - such as being inactive since April and having tested during only three days in Morocco - it is clear that I am very happy with this result" the Portuguese told. "I kept my promise of finishing the race within the Top 10 and I know that I gave my best every day of these two weeks."

He continued: "It was not always easy, because we also had some mishaps, especially in the first two stages in Peru, where we suffered several problems and a delay of more than two hours. I use to say that in the Dakar it is normal to have a bad day - only this time we had two in a row! With a little more luck, I think we could be one position higher overall today. But the Dakar is like that and the important thing is that the team is extremely pleased with the result, which has really exceeded its officers’ best expectations."

Regular and consistent, despite the annoying flu which hindered him during the first week and the continuous problems with the engine cooling system and his SUV Haval setup, Carlos Sousa even feared we would be forced to give up, due to his co-driver Jean-Pierre Garcin’s neck injury, which forced the French to wear a cervical collar during the last two stages.

"We overcame unusual situations during this Dakar, but I think these give our result even more merit. Anyway, I think we proved the enormous potential this project can have in the future, in case the team decides to invest a little more in the preparation of the next Dakar and the solution of some fundamental problems with the car. But this is a decision that must be taken mainly by the team", revealed Carlos Sousa.

Now, Sousa is celebrating his 46th birthday tomorrow - and will meet with the vice-president of Great Wall Motors to discuss the future and eventually the renewal of his contract.

"No matter what the future may hold, I feel that I have already played my part, in order to give the world’s motor sport another team interested in investing and promoting itself internationally through the Dakar", concluded the driver, who is coming back to Portugal on January 23rd.

A final note to Zhou Yong’s good performance, who, despite the long delay of the first stage and the two-hour penalty, finished in the 20th position overall.

2012/01/15 | 20:50 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/ASO/HS











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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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