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2014-01-07 13:17

WINNING RUN ENDED: Carlos Sousa is unlikely to make it back into the top 10 following a blown turbo during Stage 2 of the 2014 Dakar Rally.Image: AFP

Stage 1 winner Carlos Sousa’s GWM/Haval* H8 suffered turbo problems, 33 km into Stage 2 of the 2014 Dakar Rally from San Luis to San Rafael.

Team manager Pengcheng Su said: "What a pity for Carlos. When we got the news that the turbo had stopped working we asked him to wait for the assistance vehicle to avoid deeper engine damage.

“The mechanic will repair the car tonight and Carlos will continue on Wednesday."


However Sousa, having lost many hours, is unlikely to be able to stage a comeback into the top 10 . The team’s hopes for a top five place now rest on the shoulders of new recruit, Christian Lavieille.

The GWM/Haval team aims to improve on its two sixth places achieved by Sousa in 2012 and 2013.

Following a top 10 finish in Stage 1, Lavieille moved up to seventh overall.

Su added: “Christian Lavieille's race is good, we hope he can continue like that."

*Haval is the premium arm of Great Wall Motors.

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