F1 veteran takes on Dakar
ALL THE WAY TO SANTIAGO: Alessandro Caffi hopes to perform a lot better than his 2012 Dakar stint as plans to race his truck all the way to Santiago, Chile.
LIMA, Peru - Many motorsport enthusiasts may remember race driver Alessandro Caffi. In the 1980's he took on Formula 1 circuits as part of the Footwork team.
The F1 veteran traded life on a racing circuit to take on an altogether different animal - the Dakar Rally.
In the Dakar 2012, Caffi got behind the wheel of a Fiat Panda determined to beat the gruelling race. Unfortunately, he only lasted five stages.
GOODBYE PANDA, HELLO TRUCK
In 2013, Caffi returns to the Dakar, this time in command of a truck: “We've decided to move up a gear, because I really want to finish the Dakar for the first time.
“We raced in Spain on the Baja in July 2012 and finished seventh in the general standings. I think I'm ready and I've got the added bonus of being accompanied by co-driver, Antonio Cabini, who has already participated in nearely 20 Dakars.”
Wheels24 will be following the 'Dakar' rally throughout the race. Keep up with things on our Dakar Rally section.
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