Spanish Joan “Nani” Roma has experienced a bad setback just under a week before the start of the Dakar Rally. Roman Navigator Dani Oliveras has been diagnosed with a coronavirus infection, so the classic race will be missed by the co-driver.
Alexandre Winocq from France has been alerted for the Task. I thank Dan for the preparation and support he has given for this year’s race. I am of course sorry that he can not put all the work into practice. I’ve known Alex for a long time and he is an experienced co-driver. We are ready for real action together with a quick alert, Roma says.
Of course, it’s a big disappointment that Dani can’t be involved in helping the Bahrain Raid Xtreme team in the team’s first Dakar. However, I am happy to be here by now. I had prepared for Dakar before, but my first plans did not materialize. It’s really great to be able to drive together with some experienced and skilled driver, Winocq sums it up.
The Roman car is a racer developed by Prodrive. The teammate is Sebastien Loeb, the nine-time world champion of the rally . Prodrive’s team is expected to be able to challenge Carlos Sainz and Stephane Peterhansel , as well as Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, competing with the Mini .
The 2021 Dakar Rally will start on January 3 from the city of Jeddah. There are 12 grueling stages ahead and more than 7,500 stage kilometers. The rally ends on January 15th. Roma has won the Dakar Rally twice. The Spaniard took the classic race in 2004 on a motorcycle and ten years later in the car class.