Published on January 6th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Great Wall Motors Moving For Dakar Glory In 2013
With the 35th Dakar Rally set to thrill over 500 million viewers from the 5th to the 20th of January 2013, GWM’s Haval Racing Team is concluding its final preparations ahead of the event. Last year, the GWM team finished in sixth overall position, becoming the first Chinese competitor to do so.Starting in Lima (Peru) and finishing in Santiago (Chile), the 2013 event will be the first ever Dakar Rally to feature a dune stage on the opening day. The gruelling Rally features three categories namely: motorcycle, car and truck. Drivers must overcome rugged terrain fraught with dunes, mud, grass, rocks and desert.
GWM is no newcomer to the Dakar, having made its debut in 2010. The team has steadily gone from strength to strength each year, with the GWM Haval (H5) SUV continuously proving its worth. Led by esteemed professional racing driver Zhou Yong, and nine-time Top 10 finisher Carlos Sousa, the GWM Haval contingent promises another riveting performance in this year’s Rally.
Once again the GWM Haval Racing Team will receive support en route from a dedicated GWM H5 SUV and Steed pick-up convoy, providing an excellent opportunity for GWM to evaluate these vehicles’ performance on the most testing course known to man. GWM’s Haval Racing Team will be lining up at the start in Lima with one goal in mind: to achieve even better results than its’ impressive performance in 2012.