Canadian ALDO Racing rally-raid organisation is ready to tackle the demanding 2019 Dakar challenge that will be entirely run in Peru, South America, January 6-17.
For the fourth time in their career, Canadian entrepreneur, David Bensadoun and his co-driver, Patrick Beaulé will contest the rally-raid event in their brand new CR6 prototype, aiming to finish first in the T1.3 two-wheel drive car amateur class.
Absent from the rally-raid scene for the past two years, Bensadoun and Beaulé needed to get back into their racing mode before tackling the grueling event. They entered the Desafio Inca Rally last September in the desert of Peru. In the three-day race organized by the Dakar A.S.O. Group, they finished sixth in class in a fully serviced, rental side-by-side quad.
The experience acquired there, where the level of skills required to read the roads and the rally notes were very high, has helped the duo to be better prepared to challenge the high breaking dunes of the 2019 Dakar as 70 per cent of the Timed Special Stages will be run in the desert.
The two Canadians also tested their CR6 prototype in the fall of 2017 when they travelled to South Africa to test the vehicle in the desert region north of the city Upington. At the conclusion of the test session, Bensadoun was very impressed by the performance of the prototype, and even more surprised by the agility and the road handling of the two rear-wheel drive vehicle in the sand dunes around the Kalahari Desert located in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.
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Designed and built by Century Racing, the CR6 prototype is a two-wheel drive, FIA homologated rally-raid vehicle that is powered by 427 cubic inches (seven litres) V8 Chevrolet Corvette engine that boasts 505 horsepower.
David Bensadoun is quite a sensation seeker. The Montreal-born businessman was an off-road motorcycle rider at first. In 2012, he achieved a life-long dream of completing the Dakar - a long 14-day race from Argentina to Peru - and became the first Canadian driver ever to complete the Dakar in a car.