Zhou's best performance

Young Zhou set a new personal best in his eighth Dakar.

Young Zhou set a new personal best in his eighth Dakar. The Chinese driver managed to avoid all the pitfalls to finish thirteenth in Buenos Aires.

Young Zhou set a new personal best in his eighth Dakar. The Chinese driver managed to avoid all the pitfalls to finish thirteenth in Buenos Aires. His shocking flip in the final stage of the 2014 edition is forgotten. Young Zhou made no silly mistakes this year. The Pekinese who made his Dakar debut in Africa ten years ago managed to finish thirteenth without mishap. “What's more,” he points out, “we didn't even have a flat tyre!”

An uneventful Dakar for the Mini driver, who says he had a rather relaxed race. “It was tough, but at least we did a good job with Andy”, explains the Chinese driver. “We only got navigation a bit wrong one day. Apart from that, we avoided all pitfalls, especially on the dunes and fesh-fesh, where we made no mistakes. For me, the toughest part was coping with the altitude. I once felt quite groggy in Bolivia.”

Fortunately, Young Zhou's German co-driver kept him awake. After two years away from the Dakar, Andreas Schulz jumped back into the world of rallies with gusto. A two-time winner of the event (2001 and 2003), Schulz quickly found his feet again. “This was my 22nd start”, he points out. “And it wasn't the toughest yet. I have to say the road book is ever more accurate and there were lots of tracks to follow. I would've liked to revisit Peru. There weren't enough dunes and sand for my taste.”

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar
Sub-event Stage 13
Drivers Andreas Schulz , Yong Zhou
Article type Race report
Tags mini