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2013-12-23 12:27

TAKING ON THE DAKAR: Renault hopes to finish in the top 15 during the 2014 Dakar Rally. Image: Quickpic


Renault has announced it will be taking part in the 2014 Dakar Rally with two Duster models.

Renault hopes to give new meaning to the term “eat my dust” as its Duster 4x4 enters the world's toughest off-road race - the 2014 Dakar Rally.

The Renault Duster, launched earlier in South Africa in 2013, will kick off 2014 by taking part in the world's most demanding off-road race - the Dakar Rally 2014.

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The Renault Duster Team finished the 2013 Dakar 29th overall. In 2014, the automaker hopes to finish in the top 15 with its new suspension and various other modifications to its Duster.

The rally takes place over 14 days and 9374km, beginning January 5 in Rosario, Argentina and finishing Jan 18 in Valparaiso, Chile.

The Duster is already making a name for itself as a tough SUV in South Africa.  Renault SA’s product manager Floyd Ramabulana said: “It’s participation in the demanding Dakar Rally 2014 race is strong testimony that it is a truly tough and resilient SUV.”

The two drivers and co-drivers for 2014 are Emiliano Spataro, Jose Garcia, Benjamin Lozada and Javier Milano.

Spataro said: "This is the most difficult off road race in the world and the one with the best pilots competing, but with the improvements we made since the last Dakar in 2013, we are confident that we will reach the target.”


Hector Ricardo Perez said: "The team worked hard on both Dusters and the results we obtained in our tests were very positive. The new suspension performed as expected. It is a pleasure that Renault Sport Argentina has trusted me for this new project. Hopefully everything will work as planned and on January 18th we will celebrate.”

Jose Garcia said: “With Mauricio (Malano) we already know each other very well and we know that we can do it well. In 2013 we finished the race and in 2014 our goal is to improve our results and performance.”

The ASO (Amaury Sport Organization) has confirmed the numbers that will identify the two Renault Dusters: Spataro and Lozada with #327, while Garcia and Malano will use #340.

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