Ready to win the Dakar again in 2008
Born August 6, 1965*, in France. Alphand is a famous figure especially in Europe because he was the 1997 World Cup Alpine Ski Champion. Today, he has traded his skis for a successful career in motor sport, including participations with
his own team in the Le Mans 24 Hours and with Mitsubishi in cross-country rallies, including the Dakar. He first contested the celebrated African marathon in 1998 and revealed his potential as a rally driver by winning the non-modified Road Car class the following year.
He joined Mitsubishi in the summer of 2004 and won the Dakar at only second attempt with full factory backing in 2006 before finishing runner-up again in 2007. Alphand is more than ready to win the Dakar again in 2008 along with Gilles Picard (France) who has been his co-driver since 2006.
"Everyone is saying that the 2008 event will be tougher and more demanding than ever. There will be even greater emphasis on reliability but we have no intention of just sitting back and waiting for our rivals to hit trouble. It will be important for us to be up amongst the front-runners through Morocco before reaching the Mauritanian marathon stages which promise to be the most difficult part of the rally.
The team's fitness program means we are in good shape and it's a pleasure to work with our team mates."