Everyone knows the Dakar is an obstacle course,... but what is clear is that the barriers begin long before the starting of the race. Get the necessary sponsorship, to fit in a good team, to have all the material ready, and to have the car ready, are important issues to overcome. But then it all comes together in the days before the race, when we have to leave everything ready, and specifically upon the technical and administrative scrutineering, which are what ultimately determine whether you can or can start the race.
And this is what we've been doing in a very intense and stressful way during these two days. Yesterday putting the car ok in its major themes, and today running a thousand details to make everything work. Finally, at 18h we could test the buggy on a dirt track nearby, and after we have made the final adjustments to customize small details, but in the end, are very important in order to adjust everything to the practical needs of every day, in a very small cabin in which we have to spend a lot of hours in extreme conditions, and for many days.
Now everything should be ready, and we can only overcome the final step of verification, to get the car in parc ferme, and ready to leave on Saturday to my first Dakar Buggy Solo, my first Dakar in South America, my first Dakar as a pure concept of adventure, and my first conscious Dakar.