DAKAR 2009

STAGE 9: The cream rises to the top

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, age 47, is the director and sport general of Mitsubishi Motors. He won Dakar in 1993, as copilot to Bruno Saby.

The problem was one of navigation. 'Today, it didn’t go very well. We had problems of navigation, which lost us about seven to 10 minutes. De Villiers had the same problem. We tried to recover, but that just made us lose a few minutes more. At 590 km, 'Nani' had a problem of an overheated motor and he had do slow down, thereby causing him to lose a few minutes.'

The cream rises to the top. 'Even if we don’t lose time, we have to stay in contact with those at the head of the course. Robby Gordon did a great round today and is the cream who rose to the top. 'Nani' is nonetheless  happy with his car. He progresses and learns more at each step. Tomorrow, it’s the marathon stage, and he should cinch it.'

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



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