Dakar: Francois Verbist - Volkswagen Motorsport interivew

Three questions to Francois Verbist, Race-Truck driver for the Volkswagen factory team You are the youngest Race-Truck driver participating in this year's Dakar Rally. What is the attraction to compete in the Truck classification? "The ...

Three questions to Francois Verbist, Race-Truck driver for the Volkswagen factory team

You are the youngest Race-Truck driver participating in this year's Dakar Rally. What is the attraction to compete in the Truck classification?

"The fascination was to drive for a top team. As Race-Truck we are a part of the project. Our job is to support the Race Touareg 2 and, in doing so, Volkswagen, which means giving a helping hand where help is needed."

What is the most difficult task at the wheel of a Race-Truck?

"The days are very long. We are usually on the road for anything between ten and twelve hours. By the time we get to the bivouac the rest of the team is long since there. We then work on the truck and service the car assigned to us, there is always something to do. We have to check and refuel the car. After all, we have to start the next stage with a truck that runs perfectly."

On the one side you compete in the Truck class, and on the other you play the role of fast and reliable helper for the team. Just how important are the results in the truck class?

"Our start time is based on the previous day's finishing order, just like the cars. That's why it's important for us to reach the finish quickly and safely to be able to start early. This was of great importance for the marathon stage, during which we are the only team members who are allowed to help the Race Touareg drivers in the bivouac. In general, the three Volkswagen Race-Trucks have been running extremely well until now."

-credit: vw motorsport

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Series Dakar
Drivers Francois Verbist
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport