It was no secret that MOL Dakar Team is to set out for this year's Dakar distance with an international crew. Team leader Balazs Szalay already introduced team members in August; the Slovakian Jaroslav Katrinak, the Romanian Zsolt Szilveszter (both motorists), and the Croatian duo, Zvonimir Martinèeviæ and Marin Frèko, with the race car.
Following the last Dakar did Akos Varga join, being the most effective Hungarian motorist at the desert show, gaining the title of fourth-best novice at the 2005 competition.
The role of saviour angel will again belong to the MAN truck crew of Zsolt Darazsi, Norbert Szalai and Gyorgy Rack. They will be the ones pulling their mates out of trouble on the special stage.
On Wednesday's press conference the Sandor Kis - Peter Czegledi duo -- also a supportee of MOL -- was present, of course all were presenting their goals. The Kis - Czegledi duo is aiming at completing the 9043-kilometer distance with less mistakes, while Balazs Szaleay and Laszlo Bunkoczi are dissatisfied and plan to gain a better position with the green Opel Frontera than last year's 21st.
"MOL fuels and lubricants not only aced the test at the inland championship, but in the desert among extreme conditions as well" - said Szalay, who is battling to conquer the Sahara for the 8th time now. Countdown began, cars, motors and trucks (there are three of them; one moving on race tracks, two on the service track) set out Wednesday night in order to get to Lisboa on time, for the start of the 28th Dakar Rallye.