Dakar: Nissan stage two report

4 Nissan pickups in the top ten. The first real special stage of this 25th edition of the Dakar took place on a muddy terrain, surrounded by plenty of spectators, who lined the roads and the tracks. The assistance area was also extremely ...

4 Nissan pickups in the top ten.

The first real special stage of this 25th edition of the Dakar took place on a muddy terrain, surrounded by plenty of spectators, who lined the roads and the tracks. The assistance area was also extremely lively.

Khalifa Al Mutaiwei and Philippe Monnet.
Photo by Nissan Europe.

The Nissan-Mitsubishi duel appears to have already started. St?phane Peterhansel and Hiroshi Masuoka, both driving Mitsubishi cars, confirmed the speed of the new Pajero ''Evo'', but the South African driver, Giniel De Villiers, managed to place his Nissan Pickup between them, in second place. A second Nissan, driven by the legendary Ari Vatenen, is not far behind. In fact, all the cars in the top ten are either Mitsubishi or Nissan vehicles ... except for Gr?goire de M?vius, with a BMW X5 Raid, currently in fourth place !

Their comments :

DELLI ZOTTI (Shinozuka's co-driver): " I think that the vehicle has great potential, and I can't wait to drive it in Africa. It behaved exceptionally well on this special stage."

SHINOZUKA: "I made a silly mistake. I stalled in a tight corner, and had some problems getting going again. There was a lot of mud, and it was very narrow."

DE VILLIERS: "The special stage was good, but very narrow. I had to go into reverse three times in various corners. I would like to be in the same position (second) .. but when we get to Sharm et Sheikh. "

VATANEN: " I am starting to sweat a lot. It was quite narrow, and the car seemed very big ! I stalled in two corners, but it wasn't serious. There are still nearly 6000 km to go, so...!"

DE LAVERGNE: "That special stage was really great ! This was our first real competitive stage with the Pickup . We started in 25th position this morning, and we must have overtaken quite a few competitors. Luckily, the car is fantastic, and has great possibilities."

The fine performance of Loubet, with his Nissan Terrano, should also be noted; he is currently leading the T1 category. As for Al Mutawei, the driver from the Emirates is waiting for his favourite driving terrain ... the sand.

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Series Dakar
Drivers Philippe Monnet