Published on January 2nd, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Dakar Rally 2017 has a pair of Ford Rangers & two Toyota Hiluxes racing

South Racing takes the start of the gruelling 2017 Dakar Rally with a pair of Ford Rangers and two Toyota Hiluxes in the Paraguayan capital of Asunción on New Year’s Day. Ahead of the four cars lies a daunting route that will pass through Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia, before returning to Argentina for the ceremonial finish in Buenos Aires on January 14th.

South Racing will run a DMAS Ford Ranger for Spaniard Xavier Pons and his Argentinean navigator Ruben Garcia and a second Ford Ranger for Bolivian driver Marco Bulacia and his Argentinean co-driver Claudio Bustos.

The team is also running a pair of Toyota Hiluxes for the 39-year-old Bolivian Alberto Rodrigo Gutierrez Fleig and Spanish navigator Joan Rubi and the Argentinean father and son duo of Eduardo Osvaldo Amor and Nicolas Amor.

“South Racing is once again at the start of the Dakar with four cars and the team will also be providing logistical and technical support for a further three customer teams,” said South Racing’s managing director Scott Abraham.

“2016 was a strong year for the team, consolidating its position as one of the premier operations in cross-country, and 2017 starts with a bang with the Dakar, which has a completely new format and will be sure to challenge all the crews. We are fielding two Fords and two Toyotas. Everyone at South Racing is focused on the goal of bringing all the cars across the finish line in Buenos Aires on January 14th.

Former WRC star Xavier Pons heads the team for the second successive season and teams up with Garcia for the second time in a DMAS South Racing Ford Ranger, after the pair excelled to finish second overall on their maiden event together in Portugal last October.

Bulacia finished 21st with South Racing last year and moves up to drive the second of the Ford Rangers with his new navigator and additional support from YPFB, Vialco, Hard Rock Santa Cruz and Ende. The Bolivian admits that the goal for this year is to finish in the top 12 or 13 in the overall classification.

South Racing features brand new crew line-ups in the two Toyota Hiluxes. Alberto Rodrigo Gutierrez, 39, finished 44th in the Dakar last year as a privateer and has competed twice before in Portugal, in addition to taking part in the Bolivian Cross-Country Championship. Rubi, his 48-year-old Spanish co-driver, retired from the Dakar on four previous occasions as a privateer and then finished the event for the first time with Gutierrez in 2016.

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