DAKAR 2009

STAGE 14: 'Hats off to Giniel de Villiers'

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


Dominique Serieys, 47, is the sports director of Mitsubishi Motors. He won Dakar in 1993, as co-pilot to Bruno Saby.

Puncture again. 'Nani Roma could have won this stage, but he missed the victory because of a flat tire. Anyway, that’s not the very important. The purpose of this stage was more about going to Buenos Aires than about racing.' 


A great Dakar. 'It was a very good rally; very difficult…I would like to congratulate all of the pilots who made it to Buenos Aires. And hats off to Giniel de Villiers and his copilot, they have achieved a great race.'


Back to France, back to work. 'We still have two or three promotional operations in Buenos Aires before we fly back to France on Tuesday. We are looking forward to it. We need some rest! Some work is also waiting for us as we will debrief the technical and sport aspects of our race.'



STAGE 13:  'Let's not get ahead of ourselves'
STAGE 11: 'Going to bed early'

STAGE 10: 'No worries for Nani'
STAGE 9: 'The cream rises to the top'
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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