International Drivers: Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qatar), Cristina Gutiérrez (Spain) and Sébastien Loeb (France) form The Sandriders Drivers Team 2025.

The Dacia Sandriders completed their initial testing in preparation for the 2025 Dakar. Tests were conducted in the UK and Wales, as well as in France, where the Sandrider was put through its paces. The team encountered very few issues, exceeding expectations. The next comprehensive test will take place in Morocco from June 28 to July 5, followed by the 2025 Dakar in Saudi Arabia from January 3 to January 17.

Philip Dunabin, Technical Director, said: “We have completed a series of initial tests before we go for our first test in a real rally-raid environment in Morocco. So far everything has gone astonishingly smoothly with no serious problems.

We’ve managed to sign off all the basic things in terms of the engine, we’ve done quite a lot more work than we expected to do on the suspension set-up and the transmission settings have been reviewed in terms of the differentials. The suspension had a real good going over not just during the test at Sweet Lamb but very much so in the test at Château de Lastours.

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Now, we’ve got a lot of work cleaning up a lot of the details putting the car into a state that is ready to go on a rally. We managed to highlight one or two problems in terms of the crew’s installation inside the car where we want to make some improvements and they should also be in place before we do the tests in Morocco.

Everything is looking really positive, only a couple of very minor things that we were able to work on quite quickly. Now everybody is working flat out preparing everything for Morocco and we are very much looking forward to continuing our Dakar preparations there.”

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