Prodrive to discipline three 2022 Dakar Rally entries - Motor Informed

Prodrive to discipline three 2022 Dakar Rally entries

The skilled Argentinian will be part of nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb and two-time Dakar winner Nani Roma in piloting the BRX Hunter T1+ on the Saudi Arabia occasion from 1-14 January.

Final weekend organisers revealed the route for subsequent 12 months’s rally that can see rivals cowl a distance of 8375 kilometres together with 12 timed phases.

Terranova brings a wealth of expertise to the group having made his Dakar debut in 2005 on a bike and has since contesting each occasion within the automobile class from 2009 onwards. The 42-year-old’s greatest consequence on the gruelling rally is a pair of fifth place finishes achieved in 2013 and 2014.

Terranova competed with the BRX group alongside Loeb and Roma at Baja Aragon in Spain again in July within the Hunter T1 automobile, setting two quickest sector instances, with Loeb gathering seven extra out of a doable 11.

“I’ve spoken to Nani and Seb they usually have mentioned how good the brand new T1+ feels and that regardless of its better dimension and extra weight, it nonetheless feels simply as simple to drive and is a lot better within the rocky circumstances,” mentioned Terranova.

“I’m trying ahead to seeing the group once more and starting my preparations for my 17th Dakar.”

#305 Bahrain Raid Xtreme: Sebastien Loeb, Daniel Elena

#305 Bahrain Raid Xtreme: Sebastien Loeb, Daniel Elena

Picture by: Bahrain Raid Xtreme group

All three might be joined by their present co-drivers with Fabian Lurquin alongside Loeb, Alex Haro with Roma and Dani Oliveras with Terranova.

Each Loeb and Roma have examined the automobile, whereas Terranova will be part of them in Dubai to get a number of days within the Hunter in early December.

The occasion guarantees to be the beginning of a busy 2022 marketing campaign with the Frenchman closely linked to a World Rally Championship return driving for M-Sport Ford on the Monte Carlo Rally from 20-23 January.]

Loeb accomplished his second take a look at within the M-Sport Rally1 Ford Puma final week in France.

Ought to Loeb contest the occasion he’ll achieve this with out Daniel Elena as his co-driver, who has lately confirmed his retirement from rallying.

“I’m turning the web page,” mentioned Elena on social media. “I need to think about different issues, I’m turning 50 subsequent 12 months and I’ve my store and I can’t actually give attention to two issues without delay, [my wife] Anaïs would be the first one to inform you that! So, this is the reason we’re making this particular announcement.”

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Loeb’s Prodrive group has already accomplished intensive testing of the Hunter T1+, constructed to the brand new 2022 Dakar rules, and can finishing up additional testing within the United Arab Emirates over the approaching weeks focussed on endurance and navigational workouts, earlier than the Dakar.

The group needed to halt a take a look at in Dubai final month after a re-fuelling fireplace which pressured the squad to drag out of the Abu Dhabi Desert Problem.

A Prodrive spokesman conformed to Autosport mechanic suffered extreme burns within the fireplace and stays in a Dubai hospital present process therapy.



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