FORMER Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas will contest the Dakar Rally in 2018 after quitting as manager of Chinese aspect Shanghai SIPG.
Villas-Boas, whose uncle took section in the tournament in 1982, will force a Toyota Hilux in the 15-day rally which begins in Peru on January 6 and travels thru Bolivia sooner than completing in Argentina on January 20.
The 40-year-old motorsport fanatic thought to be tackling the gruelling race on a bike, however was once persuaded to transfer to the Hilux pick-up and can have fellow Portuguese Ruben Faria as his co-driver.
Villas-Boas stated. stated: “I spoke with my pal Alex Doringer, the manager of the KTM crew, who instructed me that I might nonetheless want a complete 12 months’s preparation to get there and that it was once higher to imagine doing it with a automotive.
“So I got in touch with Team Overdrive and here I am!”
Villas-Boas is reviving a circle of relatives custom, his uncle Pedro Villas-Boas drove in the race in 1982 in a 4×4.
He isn’t the first famous person to participate. French rocker Johnny Hallyday raced in 2002. Prince Albert of Monaco competed two times and his sister Princess Caroline as soon as.
The rally’s web site reported that Villas-Boas was once an enthusiastic grime biker as a youngster in Oporto and competed often in the Portuguese off-road championships.
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He might be partnered through fellow countryman Ruben Faria who could also be a two-wheel specialist and completed 2d in the motorcycle class in the 2013 race, which additionally began in the Peruvian capital.
“When Andre called me to propose that I join him, I had to think about it… for at least five seconds,” Faria stated.
“It is a great challenge and I think that we can put in a good Dakar, which means making it to the bivouac every night and not to arrive too late!”