After a stellar outing in the first leg of the rally, the GWM/Haval H8 driven by Carlos Sousa suffered turbo problems 33km into the second leg of the 2014 Dakar rally.
Sousa had to wait for an assistance vehicle to repair the vehicle, which was unable to complete the rest of the stage. Due to the many lost hours, it’s highly unlikely that GWM will achieve its goal of a top five finish.
The team’s hope for a top five placing now rests on the shoulders of its new recruit, Frenchman Christian Lavieille.
Following a top ten finish in Stage 1, Lavieille continued with his solid performance thus far, finishing the stage in 8th place and moving up to 7th place overall. He is therefore well-placed to achieve the team’s goals.