Two McRae 4x2s reach Buenos Aries to Finish the 2010 Dakar and win the new FIA T1 Lightweight Class
Alister McRae and all at McRae Enduro, along with partners at Rage, congratulate Tim Coronel and Chris Leyds on finishing the 2010 Dakar. In finishing, Tim and Chris also scoop victory in the new FIA T1 Lightweight class.
‘It's fantastic that for the second year in a row the McRae team, working with ProDakar, have brought all-new products to the finish, scooping Dakar class victory’, commented the McRae Enduro team.
Conceived by the McRae team and with support from the FIA and the ASO, this new class was established in record time. ProDakar’s Chris Leyds is keen to point out that ‘Everyone should appreciate that the regulations were not confirmed until early May, and to get seven cars to the Dakar start was a major achievement. Bringing them to Dakar is such a short timeframe was always a bold step’.
But the new T1 Lightweight class is all about encouraging new entrants into the sport. Apart from the pressure to design, build, test and prepare the new vehicles in the timeframe, of the seven McRae 4x2s that took the start, five were piloted by Dakar debutants.
‘We suffered three retirements through accidents and had some general new car difficulties’, explains Leyds. ‘The main problem affecting the unique CVT-driven McRae 4x2s, was fesh-fesh invading the belt drive. CVT works in water, mud, and the dust of Dakar, but fine talc-like fesh-fesh which defeated the engine bay's over-pressure system on occasion’.
This Dakar-specific issue will be overcome'. ‘All pilots have expressed faith in the project and remain most enthusiastic. We will be working closely to develop the cars through the season. There is no better test than the Dakar, and we now have the lessons from 30,000 of the toughest test kilometres imaginable; the best test any new product could face’.
‘We’re quite exhausted now!’, said Chris Leyds summing up. ‘But we know that in an event without fesh-fesh the McRae 4x2 is both competitive and offers extraordinary value to drivers. The speed and agility of the car is fantastic, so much fun to drive and easy too. I can’t wait for the fesh-fesh-free FIA Bajas through 2010’.