Dakar: Day 17 "My Dakar" statements

Be A part of the Legend Everyday feelings of those who are not specially famous but who dare the challenge and give a dream for those who stay behind... Dominique Gibon - GIBON - 239 Like Father Like Son It all starts with a simple proposal.

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Everyday feelings of those who are not specially famous but who dare the challenge and give a dream for those who stay behind...

Dominique Gibon - GIBON - 239

Like Father Like Son It all starts with a simple proposal. During the month of January 2001, Dominique, fascinated by Africa and the desert, talks to his son Nicolas about the possibility to celebrate his 60th birthday on the Dakar. It finally all happens in 2002 and the Gibon father and son finish at an excellent 39th place. Unfortunately the race finishes on the ... 13th of January, whereas Dominique is born on the 15th. Disappointed of missing this 'rendez-vous', Dominique quickly forgets this missed appointment. "It's a fantastic adventure. Added to our fine performance, it's a great pleasure to have competed as a family for so long and so well with my son". 39th in 2002, the Gibon, with this time Nicolas as a driver, manage to finish first of the privateers.

32nd in Sharm El Sheikh, Dominique is delighted with the performance of his son : "Nicolas really drives well in the sand and I have to admit that the driving is different when you're 20 or 60 years old".

Nicolas ends up being the youngest driver on the finish line. When asked if the relationship between a father and a son isn't too difficult on such an event, Dominique admits "that we have our disagreements and fights" but that "the blood links keep us strong and adds to our determination. As the head of the family, I have to give the good example". On an official Toyota Land Cruiser, Nicolas and Dominique can realistically aim at a good position among the T1 cars. "The car was new so we thought that it would be more reliable than on the previous editions. The truth is that it's faster but not really reliable".

Indeed, after a rather good start placing them around the 30th place overall, they suffer mechanical problems during the stage between Bamako and Ayoun El Atrouss, that force them to drop down beyond the 40th spot. "The turbo, especially, keeps on troubling us". Added to that, due to regulation penalty, the Gibon are no longer allowed to compete in the T1 category and have to settle with a place in the overall.

A good result on the following day that sees them enter the top 40 positions, makes them forget their worries. His birthday, celebrated on the Tidjikja bivouac with his son and friends. No birthday cake, but a good bottle of wine and a well deserved short night's sleep.

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Series Dakar
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