Oscar Fuertes, the best Spanish private pilot in the Dakar

While all the focuses of the past Dakar Rally have focused on the couples formed by Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz (Mini) and Fernando Alonso and Marc Coma (Toyota), the performance of Oscar Fuertes from Madrid and his Galician co-driver Vallejo has gone almost unnoticed for Public opinion. At the controls of his SsangYong Korando DKR has managed to get into the top 25 in the goal of the very hard and selective race, held this year in the lands of Saudi Arabia.

Oscar is the most obvious example that it is not necessary to be a professional pilot and assisted by a complex structure to achieve good results. With a very reliable vehicle, such as this SsangYong, he has achieved the feat of reaching the finish line in the three participations in which he has taken the exit in the Dakar. The previous two years in the editions played in South America and this year in Arabia. "They have been different terrains and different temperatures - explains Oscar - and in all our Korando DKR has behaved perfectly in all types of terrain, both on tracks and in dunes. With high temperatures in the South American summer or in Asia, where the temperatures in January became very low. "

Physically it was a particularly tough race, but that the Fuertes-Vallejo couple overcame not without some difficulties. A torn ligament weeks before departure forced Oscar to carry out a shock treatment with electric shocks in his muscles in order to stay in the test. But all these difficulties do not discourage this Spanish couple with long tradition in the rallies of our country. They are already preparing their next participation and it is assumed that they will be back at the exit of Jedda within eleven months. And as always, at the controls of his SsangYong promoted by the importer in Spain. From Korea, the mother factory studies with increasing interest these participations that bring their image closer to that of the big world brands.


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