Dakar: Carlos Sousa - Volkswagen Motorsport interview

Three questions to Carlos Sousa (Team Lagos) As the local hero, you did fulfil the expectations of your home audience, didn't you? "It's great competing in front of such a superb backdrop and, what's more, to be leading the Dakar Rally. For ...

Three questions to Carlos Sousa (Team Lagos)

As the local hero, you did fulfil the expectations of your home audience, didn't you?

"It's great competing in front of such a superb backdrop and, what's more, to be leading the Dakar Rally. For Portugal, this important rally is very significant. It's the first time that I'm competing in this desert classic with Team Lagos and the entering team headed by Phoenix' team boss Ernst Moser in a Volkswagen Race Touareg that is simply fantastic."

What is the strategy you used for these special stages?

"On the first stage my German co-driver Andreas Schulz and I of course gave our best. When we were running in front with such a clear advantage a real euphoria erupted. We even needed to restrain ourselves a bit in order to keep from overdoing things on the second leg."

What are your plans for the upcoming stages in Africa?

"We've got an ideal starting base: we're running in front of the overall standings, but don't have to start on the first stage in Morocco as the first team. With regard to navigating, the fact that we're only the ninth car to start the stage and don't have to open the course is probably a major advantage."

-credit: vw motorsport

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Series Dakar
Drivers Andreas Schulz , Carlos Sousa
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport