The Dakar 2017 promises to be a rally unpredictable. The changes
in the navigation, the six stages in the high altitude and the special touch of
Marc Coma at the time of designing the route make it difficult to draw up a list
closed favorites and more in a category of cars in the that the settings in
the flanges of admission have matched the forces. Although the drivers of the Toyota and
Peugeot are called to fight for the ‘Touareg’, X-Raid can give the surprise in this Dakar.
For his part, in the truck waiting for the usual battle between Iveco and Kamaz with
the permission of some guests.
Peugeot Sport is the rival to beat, at least if we look at your
alignment of drivers, the improvements applied in the Peugeot 3008 DKR, and the fact
being the current champion. With a lineup of pilots formed by Stéphane
Peterhansel (#300), Carlos Sainz (#304), Cyril Despres (#307) and Sebastien Loeb
(#309) any thing that is not getting the victory will be a failure. In addition,
the four riders will be escorted by Romain Dumas with a fifth unit
the Peugeot 3008 DKR. The French will make the work quick assistance for
to avoid any problem let out of the race to the four corners of
launches of Peugeot.
The variations of the flanges of admission have been placed at the Toyota
Hilux V8 with a flange 38 mm -same as the Peugeot – and therefore with a
power around 70 HP above. Although at high altitude the
performance will be equalised, Toyota is in front of the great opportunity. And more if
we take into account that their three riders pointers are Nasser Al-Attiyah (#301) and
Giniel de Villiers (#302). The tricks of Nani Roma
(#305), Erik Van Loon (#310), and Ronan Chabot (#317) are also interesting, whenever Overdrive is a trainer of the highest level capable of fighting for everything.
The big unknown is X-Raid, despite the premiere of the Mini JCW Rally. The German team has not lived a real brain drain, and puts
all their hopes in Mikko Hirvonen (#303), Yazeed Al-Rajhi (#306) and ‘Orly’
Newfoundland (#308), although the latter has been promoted to one of the models
new after the low of Bryce Menzies. With the dilapidated Mini All4 Racing
will try to make war Boris Garafulic (#314), Jakub Przygonski (#316) and Mohammed
Abu-Issa (#322), in the same way that you will try the ‘outsider’ Xevi Pons
(#311), Emiliano Spataro (#315) with the Duster or Khalid Al-Qassimi (#319), Martin
Prokop (#321) and Nicolas Fuchs (#323).
In truck the duel is served between Iveco and Kamaz, or what
that is the same thing, between the team of Gerard De Rooy (#500) and the Russian manufacturer.
The training, led by the Dutch has a great asset to the margin of the
own De Rooy and it is not other that the argentine Federico Villagra (#502), all time
the ‘coyote’ he finished third in 2016. The team is completed by Ton Van
Genugten (#507) and Wulfert Van Ginkel (#525), which among other things means
in this edition Pep Vila will not compete in the Dakar, although in the past
editions it was a quick assistance of De Rooy.
Opposite will be in a Kamaz, a formation that is always to
fight for the ‘Touareg’, while in 2017 does not face the rally with too many
guarantees to not to be able to premiere his new truck. All in all, Airat Mardeev (#501)
and Eduard Nikolaev (#505) are always a threat for their rivals and fixed in the
list of favorites. The stake of Kamaz for Dakar this year, every time it divides
efforts to be at the Africa Eco Race, the complete Dmitry Sotnikov (#513)
and Anton Shibalov (#515), in principle, a step below their peers
but willing to defend the honor of Russian in case of need.
Outside of these two formations, there are three proper names.
Faced with the latest editions of the Dakar with different trucks, Ales
Loprais (#503) to return home and be the spearhead of Tatra, in a
training in which will also be a Martin Kolomy (#508) that there is also
to closely follow. The second pilot to note is Hans Stacey (#504), all
once the regularity of this veteran pilot can play in your favor in a Dakar
with further complications in the that the MAN can provide more of a surprise. By
last, Martin Van den Brink (#506) defends in any way the colors of