We talked to Nico about Dakar 2019. This year the competition will take place entirely in Peru and we are all excited.
The fastest Lima 2019 Ambassador, showed us the truck he will use to run the 10 Dakar stages, with the support of his co-driver Fernando Mussano and all his technical team. We discussed the upcoming competition and remembered his beginnings in this quick but great interview.
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What was your reaction when you realized that Dakar would be held entirely in Peru?
I was astonished! The last Dakar took place in all South American countries, so the idea of competing for 10 days only in Peru while showing and enjoying the best of our country is amazing.
We were all impressed because the number of registered teams hasn’t changed even though the entire rally route will be in Peru and 70% of it will be on sand. There’s only one team less than last year.
Yes. I was afraid not many drivers would come because the competition will be difficult. Last year many of them couldn’t finish the race. Some of them won’t compete.
What impact will Dakar have in Peruvian sport? Do you think that more people will participate in the rally?
Many people want to compete, but there isn’t enough support. Competing here in Peru isn’t easy. It’s complicated because the media and the public don’t promote it.
Three short questions:
This year you’re celebrating your 14th anniversary as a professional pilot.
1. Why did you get started in racing?
Because of my passion for mechanics and to do things the right way.
2. What has been your greatest achievement in this sport?
The 2013 world title.
3. What are your expectations on this rally?
I think it will be an excellent year.
Could you send a message for all Lima 2019 athletes and Para athletes?
Hi, everyone. I know as athletes we always try to give our best. I won’t compete in the Pan American Games, but I still train hard. So, to all the people participating in Lima 2019 I would like say: LET’S GO! PERUVIANS ARE HERE TO WIN!
Thank you for your time, Nicolás. Lima 2019 and all sport fans wish you the best of lucks!
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