Rally-Raid – Daniel Elena: “Permanent gymnastics”

Once again lined up alongside Sébastien Loeb in the adventure with Peugeot Sport at the Rallye du Maroc, Daniel Elena discovers the world of a rally-raid co-driver.

Published on 16/10/2015 à 16:06

Pierre Tassel

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Rally-Raid – Daniel Elena: “Permanent gymnastics”

The pair Sébastien Loeb ? Daniel Elena, victorious nine times in the World Rally Championship, has been back in action for several weeks in preparation for the program rally-raid of Peugeot Sport. The Franco-Monegasque duo entered the last Rally of Morocco with the 2015+ version of the Peugeot 2008 DKR, and did not have an easy race.

After experiencing turbo problems, it was a rollover that would slow down the Lion pair in their progress, even if Sébastien Loeb remained satisfied with this Moroccan experience. For Daniel Elena, the discovery was complete from a navigation point of view.

" This has nothing to do with. In WRC, the notes describe turn after turn, there they are much less precise, Elena explains. The vocabulary used is also completely different? Likewise, the announcement is made in a decreasing manner in terms of mileage: this requires constant mental gymnastics…”

Find the report of the Rallye du Maroc, as well as our question and answer with Daniel Elena, produced by our special correspondent, in issue 2033 of AUTOhebdo, available in digital version and on newsstands.

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