The official announcement can be a matter of days: Fernando Alonso could run the Dakar Rally 2020. The rumors are taking shape and everything seems to indicate that the Spanish rider will compete in the demanding test that will be held next January in Saudi Arabia. Your co-pilot could be nothing more and nothing less than Marc Coma, pentacampeón in motorcycles (2006, 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2015) and connoisseur of the test as few, as the newspaper reported yesterday 'Brand'.
The latest news about it is today. In a statement sent Tuesday by Toyota Gazoo Racing, the Japanese team has confirmed that it will rejoin its ties with Alonso after its successful campaign in the Resistance World. The Spanish, twice world champion of Formula One, will perform a series of tests with the Toyota Hilux, the car with which the Japanese manufacturer will compete in the Dakay Rally and winner of the last edition with the French Matthieu Baumel at the wheel.
«During the next five months, Fernando, who seeks to expand his already remarkable career in the motor world by participating in other disciplines, will work closely with Toyota Gazoo Racing and his Dakar Rally team, experiencing an intensive training program at Toyota Hilux in Europe, Africa and the Middle East to get acquainted with the challenging rigors of the rally, ”reported the Japanese brand.
Yesterday Alonso was already responsible for firing the rumor with a publication in their social networks. In it you could see an image of a desert, in a clear nod to the test. Now it has been known that the Spanish pitolo is already in South Africa, where he will conduct tests in the desert of South Africa from today until August 23. He will also participate in a non-competitive test in the Harrismith 400, also in South Africa, on September 13 and 14.
To his 38 years, and after becoming one of the most competitive drivers in history, Alonso now wants to participate in the most demanding stage test in the world. Last 28th March He has already done a test in the desert of South Africa with the Toyota Hilux that won the Dakar 2019, the same that he will now lead. The next few months of preparation can be key, because although he will have at his side Coma, considered one of the best raid runners, the desert sand is too hard, especially for "novices". The test will begin on January 5, 2020.
A large 2019
Alonso started the year writing down, with a Cadillac, the 24 Hours of Daytona, a test of the IMSA championship, in Florida (USA); in which it became, half a year after winning for the first time the 24 Hours of Le Mans (France) – while simultaneously contesting the first part of the 'Super-season' 2018-19 of the WEC and the last campaign in the Queen category – in the first Formula One world champion to win the two most important day races of America and Europe.
Alonso completed the year winning, for the Toyota Gazoo Racing team, the 1,000 Sebring Miles, also in Florida; before repeating triumph in the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and crown the course repeating the victory of 2018 in Le Mans
With the repetition of his success in the prestigious French test, the Spaniard was able to compensate, in part, for the chasco that had taken a month earlier, when McLaren's sperm planning prevented him from qualifying to contest the 500 Indianapolis Miles (USA), where – after having won Le Mans and (twice) the F1 Monaco Grand Prix – he aspired to capture the Triple Crown.
By signing his second success in a year in the legendary Gallic circuit of La Sarthe, Alonso captured, along with the Swiss Sebastien Buemi and the Japanese Kazuki Nakajima, the World Cup of Resistance. And by winning the WEC, the star became the second driver in history to win two World Cups other than the FIA (International Automobile Federation), after Norwegian Petter Solberg, world rally and rallycross champion.
The five victories and the two World Cups (of pilots and builders) achieved with the Japanese team encouraged Alonso to face from now, along with Toyota, new challenges In the world of the big rally. Aiming at the Dakar, early next year. A very complicated goal that you should never face without preparation. That is why Alonso already rolls from this Tuesday aboard a Toyota Hilux in the South African zone of the Namibia Desert, where he is accompanied by his girlfriend, the Italian model Linda Morselli.
Later, the Japanese company will announce, if everything goes according to plan, the name of the co-pilot – everything points to his countryman Marc Coma– and what will be the first tests that the great Asturian pilot would dispute to outline his set-up with a view to the Dakar; competitions that would take him to the Middle East and the Maghreb.
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