The Chinese competitors are back!
Last year there were a total of 7 Chinese vehicles entering the rally, this year 10 will be competing under Chinese flag. And as always interesting to follow this guys!
2 motorcycles (2) - 2 Jincheng
7 cars (5) - 3 Chery rely, 2 Mitsubishi, 1 Nissan, 1 Great Wall
1 truck (0) - 1 Man
81 SU WINMEN, CHINE, JINCHENG
149 HAN BAOHUA, CHINE, JINCHENG
Once again we will be able to follow Su Wnmin on his Jincheng, who last year finished at a 75th position in the motorcycle category, out of the 88 who reached the goal. Being the first Chinese rider to cross the finishing line ever. And for sure him and his teammate at the time were struggling long hours in the dunes.Unfortunately his com padre Wei Guanghui, who was also a part of the historical event and finished 82, will not be around. And it seems impossible to find out for what ever reason he´s not on the team anymore. Instead Han Baohua will take his chances on the Dakar, as a debutant. A third rider will also participate on the Jincheng team, Oscar Pablo Pascual, but under Argentinian flag.
358 ZHOU YONG co-pilot: PONCET SYLVAIN CHINE NISSAN TEAM GREAT WALL
372 LU NINGJUN co-pilot:DIPERSIO ROBERTO CHINE CHERY RELY-DOUBLE STAR TIRE TEAM
378 MA JUN KUN co-pilot: DELAUNAY SEBASTIEN CHINE MITSUBISHI MOTORCYCLE
389 ZHOU YUANDE co-pilot: DU TAIGUANG CHINE MITSUBISHI CHENGDU RURAL
COMMERCIAL BANK TEAM CHINA
426 LIU KUN co-pilot: DOMINELLA MAURIZIO CHINE CHERY RELY-DOUBLE STAR TIRE TEAM
427 JIANG YAOHUAN co-pilot: LU YI YU CHINE CHERY RELY-DOUBLE STAR TIRE TEAM
434 GUO HONGZHI co-pilot: SCHURGER DENIS CHINE NISSAN TEAM DESSOUDE
Number 372 Lu Ningjun is the most experienced of the Chinese riders, entering the 2003 edition of the rally the very first time, and the 2011 edition will be his 7th one.
In five out of the seven vehicles the co-pilots are non-Chinese.
554 LI YANG co-pilots: PATURAUD PASCAL MALDONADO FRANCK CHINE MAN SARL
International news on the Chines riders:
Team China drivers entry - China Daily
Chinese drivers depart for the rally
Jincheng Dakar Experience - China Daily
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2010 Dakar rally - Chinese riders - how did it end?