Dakar 2017: Spaniards in cars and trucks


The Dakar 2017 has a large Spanish presence. In
with regard to the category of cars and trucks, 23 will be the
representatives of our country
in the raid more hard of the world, divided all
them in fifteen vehicles, ten cars and five trucks. Among those enrolled in the Dakar are a total of eight crews 100% Spanish, although
perhaps more important is that many of them aspire to the final victory in their respective categories. It is time to review the list of
pilots and co-pilots Spanish, to add to the three participants of andorra
with roots in our country


Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz are the first Spanish couple that
aspire to the title in the car category. Both will compete at the wheel of the Peugeot 3008 DKR #304 with the firm aim of adding the ‘Touareg’ and step to curb the
offensive that by legislation you can exercise by Toyota. An offensive that also
participate Nani Roma and Alex Haro at the controls of the Toyota Hilux V8 #305. With the
Ford Ranger #311 will compete for the second consecutive edition Xevi Pons, although in
this case will come with the airbag argentine Rubén García, navigator with five
participations in the Dakar.

Do not miss your appointment the veteran Xavi Foj. It will compete with a Toyota Land Cruiser of the T2 category.2, or what is
the same thing, it picks up the 4×4 series diesel. With 26 entries to their
back from 1993, and 21 editions completed, it is the ‘grandfather’
Spanish armada. The co-pilot Joan Ruby repeats as a partner of the bolivian Alberto
Rodrigo Gutierrez on the Hilux #338, while Isidre Esteve and Txema
make tandem in the return of Catalan to the Dakar. The
last crew 100% Spanish is formed by debutante Cristina
Gutierrez and Pedro López
at the controls of a Mitsubishi.

We have left to end the three UTV’s that have a presence
Spanish, any time this year are in an individual category to be
vehicles half way between the buggies and quads. In a Yamaha
YXZ1000R #365 race Joan Font and Gabriel Moiset in what will be the first
participation in the pilot of Vic. For his part, Santiago Navarro and Oriol Vidal
will share the experience of competing in their first Dakar. Finally, the andorran
Andreu Cachafeiro will have the support of Guifre Pujol Solsona in what will be
also the first participation in the raid for the navigator español.



Five will be the trucks with Spanish presence,
although only two ‘elephants in the desert’ have a crew 100%
Spanish. All in all, the logic makes think that only Moises Torrallardona can
fight for the Dakar, which makes the work of co-pilots in the Iveco
Powerstar 4×4 #500 Gerard De Rooy. In spite of this, Jordi Juvanteny, Jose
Luis Raised and Enric González
will fight for achieve a new victory among
trucks, 6×6 and what is more important, revalidating his title in the
category of Production. The truck of the KH-7 Epsilon Team also makes the work
rapid assistance trucks of the team De Rooy.

The other truck with crew 100% Spanish presents
ingredients very different from those of the KH-7 Epsilon Team, every time that the
experience is reduced. In the Mercedes Axor #551 will be Pep Sabaté, Josep
Ramon Canís and Jordi Montaner
. The two first raced the Dakar 2011 with
a truck craft and have decided to return to raid more hard of the world with
a team a lot more competitive and a truck that took four years in
adapt. For his part, Jordi Montaner made his debut in the Dakar and will the times of mechanical
in this project that has the aim of being able to finish the test.

A special mention goes to the two pilots andorrans that will compete in the truck category. The first is Albert
It will rain
, which he repeated to the commanders of the Tatra Jamal of the team Bonver Dakar
Project for the second time after the great experience lived in 2016
the controls of this truck adapted to their limitations. In the face of this edition
he will be accompanied by Charly Gotlib and Jaromir Martinec. For his part, Georges
is put at the controls of a MAN next to the Portuguese Armando Loureiro and
French Christophe Allot in what will be his fifteenth participation in the