All the Chinese drivers successfully completed the first stage at this year’s Dakar Rally. They expressed their confidence prior to setting-out on 9-thousand kilometer event through Argentina and Chile.
Veteran driver Lu Ningjun steered his Chery Rely to the start line. He is taking part in his 6th Dakar Rally, and his 2nd appearance in South America. Lu Ningjun was the first Chinese driver to set off and he’s quite aware of the tough road ahead.
Lu Ningjun, Chery Rely Driver, said, “I’m feeling good, I competed here before. I remember the scene I saw last year. I am anticipating more this year because I have a new teammate, who also drives for Chery Rely. I believe there will be hardships and difficulties ahead, no doubt, but we have prepared well to overcome them.”
Zhou Yong drove his Great Wall Hover, another Chinese national brand. This is Zhou’s third Dakar Rally appearance.
Zhou Yong, Great Wall Hover Driver, said, “I feel very excited. I have prepared for this day for over 4 months. It has been hard work.”
Zhao Yongguo is driving for the Shengrunfu Tianhe Team. He is making his debut at the Dakar Rally. It’s a dream come true for Zhao, who has only 5 years of rally experience.
Zhao Yongguo, Shengrunfu Tianhe Team Driver, said, “I’m only 100 meters away from the Dakar Rally gate. This has been my dream over the past five years. I’m gonna realize my dream. I’m ready for the 16-day race. “
In the motorbike section: Wei Guanghui set-off on his Jincheng for his second Dakar Rally tour. Wei failed to complete the race last year, but vowed to finish this time.
Wei Guanghui, Jincheng Driver, said, “This is my second Dakar Rally. I will work with my teammates and we will help each other. I hope to ride to the finish.”
This year’s rally features more stages on sand dunes. It will be a tough test for all the Chinese drivers.