Portrait of a Lady, day two

Tina Thorner Tina Thorner, of Swedish origin, lives in Switzerland and has been a co-pilot since 1994. "I started when I was 18 years old", she confides. "My boyfriend at the time was a rally driver and I helped him out for his translations... I...

Tina Thorner

Tina Thorner, of Swedish origin, lives in Switzerland and has been a co-pilot since 1994. "I started when I was 18 years old", she confides. "My boyfriend at the time was a rally driver and I helped him out for his translations... I wasn't at all interested in motor-sports because I preferred planes and horses, but one day his co-pilot got sick and I had to replace him on the passenger's seat. That's how I started my career".

"In 1998, I took part in my first all-terrain rally with Jutta Kleinschmidt and now I'm navigator for Nasser Al Attiyah. Today, we won the first special stage on the first Dakar in South America -- It's magical! I'm in a wonderful team. The boss, Sven Quandt, is great and Nasser, my driver, is even better! He is a great driver and an adorable guy who treats me like a lady and respects me as a co-pilot... With him, I don't have to play at being tough, I'm just myself".

When asked if life is tough for a woman at the bivouac, Tina bursts out laughing: "Life on the bivouac is fine for me. In Sweden, I was in the army, in the air force to be precise, and sleeping in a tent during winter in Sweden is much harder than here!"

"The Dakar 2009 has started brilliantly for me. I love this country and continent. They are so enthusiastic and it's very touching. I'd just like to thank all the Dakar race stewards. Since we've arrived in South America, they've really excelled themselves and are doing a wonderful job. Bravo and thanks!"

-credit: aso

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Series Dakar
Drivers Jutta Kleinschmidt , Tina Thorner