Face to Face The Dakar Magazine January 7, 2005 Everyday feelings of those who are not specially famous but who dare the challenge and give a dream for those who stay behind... Gerard luc Sicre - Takafon Tts - 364 "We're more damaged than...
Face to Face
The Dakar Magazine
January 7, 2005
Everyday feelings of those who are not specially famous but who dare the challenge and give a dream for those who stay behind...
Gerard luc Sicre - Takafon Tts - 364
"We're more damaged than the car!"
For the start in Barcelona, the pair Gérard Sicre / Stéphane Vignali were the happiest crew in the world: Big smiles and great motivation to do a very good rally. Eight days later, on Tichit's bivouac, the enthusiasm of the n°354 crew had disappeared.
Starting from Zouerat in 11th position the previous day, the two men spent 21 hours on the course. A real nightmare ! Lying down under an improvised tent, Gerard-Luc tried to explain the Mauritanian hell : "it was terrible. For my first participation, I can now say that I'm not disappointed. Without the experience of Stéphane, who had already done the rally in 1988, I never would have seen the finish line of the stage. Luckily, the car isn't too damaged. At least, less than us. But it was really too hard". At 11h30, only 67 vehicles out of 143 had arrived in Tichit, which eased up the enthusiasm of the two Frenchmen. The two men from Bordeaux have indeed managed a very good operation in the overall standings, with a 30 position leap al the way up to 52nd spot. The only problem is that their assistance truck wouldn't be able to meet them before the day rest in Atar. So their car will have to wait to be repaired.
But that's a part of Dakar too and Gérard-Luc Sicre had dreamt of it ever since the first edition. So it's now impossible for him to give up without a serious reason. Especially after over a year of preparation. So for this 'big first time', the two competitors, both 44 years of age, wanted to be the good surprise of the Class T1 Rally. Just before the start, Gérard talked about his ambition with these words : "We have to remain humble. When you're a privateer, the main goal is to arrive in Dakar. As a member of Team Tartarin Sport, we want to see all the 4 cars on the banks of the Lac Rose. But, on a individual point of view, I can't go on a race without really competing. So, my goal is to win my class. Especially because we have the car the Gibon couple had last year and won the T1 Class. But the most important thing is to take some pleasure on the track, without big problems, physical as well as mechanical." It wasn't the case on this 7th stage, from Zouerat to Tichit, but now he knows what the hardest rally in the world is all about.