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FIA Rejects Feryn Sport Cars, Nor Dakar 14 By Quinn Waters: ‘No One Sees This Coming’ | gathering

Because the team itself had an inspection by the Dakar organization in September, where the cars – which had competed in South America 10 years earlier – were approved.

“Our Toyotas are old by rally standards,” Koen Wauters explains. “Every year, and even every month, there are new developments. To get a good idea of ​​whether our cars will be in compliance with the regulations, we requested a pre-check from the ASO regulator a few months in advance.”

“In September, an inspector from ASO came to our workshop. After a thorough check, he confirmed that our cars were in compliance with the regulations. So final preparations began and final test work could begin.”

Since the beginning of this year, the Dakar has been the opening race of the World Cup Rally. “And the FIA ​​organizes a world championship,” explains Waters from the port city in southern France, where he had to go to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

“The Dakar, which is organized by the ASO, is part of the World Cup, so the FIA ​​inspectors have the last word. We came across one inspector who stubbornly ignored all our arguments and the ASO pre-inspection on Monday.”

“We were given 48 hours to adapt our safety cage to FIA regulations. After two days of working almost day and night, we again offered ourselves on Wednesday for a final ‘no’.”

Between 1996 and 2022, the Clouzot singer has participated in the Dakar 13 times. Dakar 2023 should have been his fourteenth. So it won’t come. The disappointment of each team member is immense.

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“No one expected this, especially after the ASO confirmed that the cars are fine. Nicola Feryn and Kurt Keysers’ car has been accepted into the Dakar Classic. But we thank you for that. Together, at home together.”

“We are and will remain ‘Dakar’, anyway. We’ll see what the future holds.”

The 45th edition of the famous Desert Rally will take place from December 31 to January 15. Saudi Arabia has been the racing ground since 2020. From 2009 to 2019, South America was the place to be. Before that, I moved (usually) from Paris to Dakar, the capital of Senegal.

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