Former OM coach tries his hand on the WRC and nonetheless desires of the Dakar - Motor Informed
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Former OM coach tries his hand on the WRC and nonetheless desires of the Dakar



Former coach of the Olympique de Marseille soccer membership, André Villas-Boas will make his first look subsequent week on a spherical of the WRC calendar, entered in Portugal on the wheel of a Citröen C3 within the WRC3 class. Whoever has additionally been to the golf equipment of Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham engages on this first expertise above all to boost consciousness of the charities he helps. Final month he took half within the Rali Vieira do Minho together with his co-driver Gonçalo Magalhaes in preparation, ending tenth within the common classification and ninth within the R5 class.

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This look within the WRC ought to nonetheless be short-lived, even when Villas-Boas doesn’t intend to cease there with motorsport. Taking part within the Dakar in 2018, as his uncle Pedro Villas-Boas had achieved between 1982 and 1984, the Portuguese has the ambition to return to the rally-raid in the long run.

“I do not assume I’ll do different rallies, as a result of I favor rally-raid, there’s extra contact with nature”, he explains to Motorsport.com. “The expertise is completely different, there’s an acceptance of the unpredictable and the time wasted in rally-raid. After which the rally could be very, very costly. I do not know how a lot cash there’s. OK, I had concepts for the Dakar – which can be costly – however there are eleven days with round 500 km per day, so there is a bit more [pour son argent]. “

André Villas-Boas on the Dakar 2018 in South America.

André Villas-Boas is at the moment on the lookout for a brand new problem in soccer and will quickly bounce again on the head of a nationwide crew. On the identical time, he doesn’t hand over his desires of Dakar, even when his expertise of 2018 ended with hospitalization attributable to again ache.

“After the Dakar, I took half within the Rallye du Maroc and I completed sixth, and twelfth within the Merzouga Rally, in addition to different rally-raids in Portugal the place I completed within the high 10”, he recollects. “It is very completely different as a result of you have got the correct to make errors. If you happen to lose a minute, ten minutes or an hour, there’s tolerance, however within the WRC it is inconceivable, it is a query of seconds. So I feel this would be the solely time. “

“I’ve extra expertise in rally-raid, there’s extra continuity, and I need to come again to the Dakar as a result of I need to end it. I gave up after the fourth stage in Peru, so I need to return. , reside the expertise of reaching the top. I used to be not absolutely ready on the time. If I do the Dakar once more, I feel it will likely be in SSV. It is not simple to drive however we discover the identical pleasure at half the price. “

Interview by Jason Craig

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