Fernando Alonso to participate in Dakar 2020 Marathon

Fernando Alonso to participate in Dakar 2020 Marathon

October 25, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

The Spanish racer will compete for Toyota Gazoo Racing team

The Dakar 2020 Rally Press Service has officially confirmed the participation in the marathon of two-time Formula 1 champion, WEC endurance champion and two-time 24-Hour Le Mans race winner Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard will compete in the race behind the wheel of the factory Toyota Hilux V8 4×4.

Sturman Alonso will be his compatriot, five-time winner of the motorcycle rally marathon, Mark Coma. Coma has twice paired with Alonso: the Spanish duo participated in a rally-raid in South Africa and Morocco, but both races ended in crashes.

In addition to Alonso, Toyota Gazoo Racing will be represented by Qatari pilot, three-time Dakar winner Nasser Al-Atty, 2009 Rally Marathon winner Ginel de Villiers of South Africa and experienced Dutchman Bernhard Ten Brinke. The former Formula 1 champion has admitted that Dakar is one of the most difficult races, but Alonso expects to learn a lot from other athletes and become better as a pilot.

The Dakar 2020 Marathon will be held for the first time in Saudi Arabia. The race will last from January 5 to January 17, 2020: pilots will have to overcome 12 stages and drive a total of nine thousand kilometers. Jeddah rally starts and finishes at al-Kiddia resort.