TOYOTA GAZOO Racing | Dakar Diaries Ep 8: The Break (Rest Day)

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing | Dakar Diaries Ep 8: The Break (Rest Day)


Rest Day, Dakar 2020. My first intention, the goal this Dakar was to see how competitive and how can I, myself adapt to rally after being adapting to oval racing and to endurance racing and different disciplines. Yesterday for example being after 470 kilometres, four minutes away from Nasser. It was something unthinkable for me seven months ago because I never touch a rally car so I’m very happy with the performance, very happy with the pace. Apart from our second stage win, which was positive, we’ve been struggling a little bit to get up to the pace with the front runners. Had a look at the data and stuff like that, so hopefully we can pick up the pace on the second week. You know, having flu on the first week also didn’t help to keep you sharp. But, we’ll see. Yeah, we start the first day very good position. We finished on the fifth position. The Toyota did very good. After that day, I got a little bit the flu and the results were not getting better. A little bit around P6, P7, P8. But, to be honest the atmosphere in Saudi pulls me through. It was very impressive to see everything here. The team did it very well to bring us at the end of the week a little bit the better car. I was a little bit better. And we finish on P8 and the Rest Day, and I’m very happy the Toyota guys does really amazing job. Our seven punctures cost around eight minutes you know and also I make a mistake you know three minutes penalty. You know, it costs a lot you know, but OK. We are seven minutes behind Carlos and we try to our best and to defend our title. This year, the new regulations for the co-driver make us to have the road book in the morning. So it means we cannot work on the map the night before and we have no idea where we will go during the day. So it makes our lives a little bit more difficult. At the end you see that this change nothing on the overall classification. It’s still the same driver at the front, but much more interesting during the day. The work between the driver and co-driver is completely different but at least we, I think we find a good way to work with Nasser because we are in a good place.

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