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D-2: 'Pilots are ready to get started'

Text by Emmanuel VERSACE

Latest update : 2009-01-08

Dominique Serieys, director of team Mitsubishi Motors, recounts the pilots' preparations to take on South America. Amid last minute adjustments, administrative tasks and sport session, pilots and their cars are getting busy.

Dominique Serieys, 47, is Mitsubishi Motors' general director. He has eight Dakar Rally raid on the counter as rally champion Bruno Saby’s co-pilot.

The machines. We chose to bring our cars (Mitsubishi Racing Lancer) by our own mean for a better timing [most of the other teams used transport paid by the organisations]. As a result the vehicles arrived before the others, so we had time to do all the tests we needed. We practised on Buenos Aires' Juany y Oscar Alfredo Galvez F1 circuit. The engines reacted well at the temperature difference between here, where it is 35 degrees, and in France, where it is 0 degrees Celsius. Parameters are not the same, but after four to five hours calibrating the engines, we are now ready. We just need to finish with the administration now.

The pilots. We changed from winter to summer time and from jumpers to short-sleeved shirts in just a few hours! The pilots are busy filling administrative papers, practising and making last-minute adjustments. To keep their minds busy, they do quite a lot of sport and some jogging. Everybody is very concentrated and ready to get started.

Date created : 2009-01-01