The large MINI three-way talk with Stéphane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres – Peterhansel: “I have never gifted group suggestion like this.”

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2019 Dakar Rally

30th Dec 2018


The large MINI three-way talk with Stéphane Peterhansel,
Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres – Peterhansel: “I have never
gifted group suggestion like this.”


  • Interview with a MINI JCW Buggy drivers Stéphane
    Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres forward of Dakar 2019.
  • Trio of Dakar legends has claimed a sum of 20 altogether wins.
  • Sainz: “We have a strongest group that will be competing at
    Dakar 2019.”


Munich. The start of a 2019 Dakar Rally is imminent. The
participating drivers will be holding on a hurdles of the
Peruvian dried from 6th to 17th January. A
unequivocally special contingent of drivers will be competing in a MINI John
Cooper Works Buggy: Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA), Carlos Sainz (ESP)
and Cyril Despres (FRA) have chalked adult a sum of 20 altogether wins
in a world’s toughest convene and have turn convene legends. In this
three-way interview, they plead their superb group spirit, the
mindfulness of Dakar and their chances of success with a MINI JCW Buggy.


Peterhansel, Sainz, Despres: What do we consider of this motorist line-up?


Stéphane Peterhansel: “My initial greeting is to
consider of a very, unequivocally good group spirit. We have been driving
together for several years now and we have always common the
truth of fighting for a team. we have never gifted team
suggestion like this.”


Cyril Despres: “We unequivocally are a good group and we get
on unequivocally well. Each of us is unequivocally gifted and we have available a
lot of Dakar wins. we trust that takes a vigour off us a bit.”


Carlos Sainz: “From my indicate of view, we have the
strongest group that will be competing during Dakar 2019. we trust and
wish that MINI is unapproachable of this crew.”


Is clever group suggestion quite wilful in continuation rallies?


Sainz: “You can’t be successful though unequivocally good
group suggestion – and that’s what we have. We also have a common attitude
and unequivocally high standards per a cars’ setup. That creates it
easier for a group as we are all operative together to get a car
ideally prepared for a race.”


Peterhansel: “The fact that we are pushing against
a time in rallying, not opposite one another, creates it easier to
work together than with circuit races. Nonetheless, we have already
driven for many teams and we have never gifted an atmosphere as
good as between Carlos, Cyril and myself.


Despres: “I have gifted that myself over the
final dual years. A integrate of incidents meant that my possess competition was
effectively over and we afterwards clever on assisting Stéphane and
Carlos if they had tyre problems, for example. Stéphane afterwards returned
a foster for me during a Silk Way Rally. That is not to be taken for
postulated in rallying, though in a group we have combined an atmosphere in
that we all assistance one another. That can unequivocally make a disproportion at
a Dakar rally.”


Why is a Dakar convene so fascinating?


Peterhansel: “It is simply a crazy race. We know the
route, we know a automobile – though we still never know what is going to
happen. That’s why, after all this time, a primary design is to
finish a world’s hardest race. Only afterwards can we consider about winning.”


Despres: “I wish to strech a tip turn in each job
that we do. That is because we sight so hard, and in a universe of off-road
rallies, there is no larger plea than a Dakar rally. That’s
because we keep entrance behind each year.”


Sainz: “A good understanding of a mindfulness is down to
a mental and earthy challenge, in my case. There are days when
it’s usually not going good and we ask yourself because we are doing this.
But during a finish of it all, those are a days that motivate we to come
behind a following year. The Dakar convene is usually something special.”


How would we report a MINI JCW Buggy in 3 keywords?


Sainz: “I usually need two. It is a great, clever car.”


Peterhansel: “Very strong, good opening and a
unequivocally good chassis. And I’d like to supplement a fourth point. It is good fun
to drive.”


Despres: “I see it like that too. The framework and the
energy are unequivocally good. we also consider that it is unequivocally arguable and we love
how manageable a engine is. we would quite like to emphasise
a multiple of toughness and comfort in a framework that allows
we to stay quick even on tough terrain. we consider that might have been
some-more than 3 keywords…”


What we can grasp as a group in a Dakar rally?


Despres: “We positively have a eventuality to finish
a Dakar convene high adult on a podium, though we also have to realise
that a Buggy plan is still in a infancy. Anything can happen
though we positively have a aspiration to conflict for a win.”


Peterhansel: “Yes, we are unequivocally a clever team.
X-raid has a lot of experience, as do we, a drivers. The Buggy
delivers good opening and is easy to drive, that is especially
critical in a dunes. Of course, a aim is to be battling for a win.”


Sainz: “When Stéphane, Cyril and we contest together,
it’s transparent that we are aiming to be concerned in a conflict for the
win. we consider we have finished all probable during a preparations
to put ourselves in a good position.”


How does it feel to cranky a finish line and know that you
have won a world’s toughest race?


Peterhansel: “I have gifted this on 13 occasions
and we still ask myself each time how it can be possible. Ultimately,
we can eventuality into a trap during any indicate during a competition – and then
that’s that. My co-driver and we do have a certain talent for this
convene though it is still an intensely difficult charge each time.”


Despres: “At a finish, we usually feel extremely
exhausted. It doesn’t matter either we are a pro and have usually won,
or we have usually crossed a line as a semi-pro driver. Everyone feels
a same during that moment. For me, a Dakar is not usually about winning
though also about an journey on a unfamiliar continent. That alone means
that channel a finish line is a good feeling.”


Sainz: “To start with, we can’t be certain of winning
a Dakar until we unequivocally have crossed a finish line. Anything can
go wrong, right adult to a final metres, though when we have done it,
it’s usually a good day. You have been rewarded for a many months of
tough work that have got we to this point. You can contest in the
Dakar convene many times, though winning it is a singular event. That is one of
a things that creates it so attractive.”


How do we keep physically fit?


Despres: “Fitness training to ready for a rally
is an critical partial of my life. we have detected towering biking,
climbing and ski tours. we also do a lot of swimming and do weight
training. we usually adore earthy exertion.”


Peterhansel: “I spend a lot of time on a bike – on
a highway and in a plateau with my towering bike. we cite outdoor
sports in general.”


Sainz: “Of course, we keep fit so that we can accommodate the
hurdles of a tough eventuality like a Dakar rally.”


Complete a following sentence: Peterhansel, Sainz and
Despres mount out as a group because…


Peterhansel: “…we are a many successful Dakar
group and have a illusory group spirit.”


Despres: “…we have been pushing together for
several years and we get on unequivocally well.”


Sainz: “…we are a best.”