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STAGE 8: 'Roma was at Sainz's level today'

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-01-13

On board with Mitsubishi: Every day until the crossing of the finish line on January 17, a member of the Repsol-Mitsubishi team, winner of the last seven Dakar Rallies, gives an inside glimpse into the main events of the day.

Dominique Serieys, 47, is Mitsubishi Motors' general director. He won the Dakar in 1993 as rally champion Bruno Saby’s co-pilot.

A good day of rest. 'We worked a lot on the car during a day of rest and today, things went all right. We have been working on our new car, the Racing Lancer, for only 14 months. We realize today that it is competitive, despite a few problems with the electronic system. Let’s give it time and recognize that our opponents are better than us this year.'

Atacama desert. 'Tomorrow will be a difficult stage. But we can do something. The gaps are not that wide. Nani Roma is only 35 minutes behind the leader. If our rivals have a problem, we can catch up with them very quickly.

Puncture. 'Nani Roma was at the same level with Carlos Sainz today. He was about 90 seconds behind him until km 200. He had a flat tire and lost about 3 minutes and a half. That’s exactly the time it takes to change a tire. '




REST DAY: 'You recognise a real team when everything is going wrong'

STAGE 7: 'Put things into perspective'
STAGE 6: 'Changing strategies'
STAGE 5: 'Now we're in the thick of it'
STAGE 4: 'We mustn’t fall behind'
STAGE 2: 'We're at the same level as the Volkswagens'
STAGE 1: 'With all that dust, there are risks of hitting a motorcycle'
D-1: 'Go to sleep and rest for tomorrow'
D-2: 'Pilots are ready to get started'

 

Date created : 2009-01-11

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