Guerlain Chicherit will replace Eric Vigouroux behind the wheel of the brand new Chevrolet Colorado prototype.
APPLE VALLEY, USA - The news is now official: Eric Vigouroux will not compete in the next Dakar as a pilot... but as a Team manager of his own EVR team! To replace him behind the wheel of his brand new Chevrolet Colorado prototype, Eric Vigouroux chose another major name in the discipline: Guerlain Chicherit!
I haven't got much time to prepare myself to this very demanding race, so when the opportunity to put Guerlain behind the wheel showed up, I did not hesitate a single second. With Guerlain Chicherit and BJ Baldwin, my EVR buggys are in excellent hands!"
"As a Team manager of the EVR team, I'm head of a 50% American - 50% French team. I have managed an international business before and I know how important cohesion between people is for goals to be reached. In this particular context, being a Team Manager fits me pretty well, until I'm back behind the wheel again for different international FIA races with Dakar 2015 staying as my ultimate target".
Eric Vigouroux: "Of course, there is a little frustration for not being the pilot myself, but I'd rather guarantee the team's future. In March, I started with nothing; today I'm able to line up two brand new buggys with high level crews on the biggest off-road race of the world. So that definitely helps."
Guerlain Chicherit: "Last June I lost my main financial sponsor on the Dakar. Since then, I've been fighting for a wheel on the 2014 Dakar. It was not easy, but it was just impossible for me to stay at home. Dakar is in my blood. It's true I didn't train much, but my motivation has never been higher. So I'll go easy until the third special to find my bearings again. But then after, I will give it all. I am convinced this car will be able to shine starting this year!"
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