The Dakar with Team Dessoude
An absolute beginner in the world of cross-country rallies, the Dakar will be a real premiere for Brahim Asloum. The Olympic boxing Champion, freshly crowned as the WBA World Champion in the light flyweight category, has chosen a new challenge
for himself, far from the rings. A fine ambition, which he is ready to face with unfailing motivation and plenty of curiosity.
Brahim's navigator will be Patrick Antoniolli, who knows Africa well, and has taken part in the Dakar on nine occasions. His experience will be extremely important in order to achieve the goal they have set themselves : to finish the event in their Production category Pathfinder.
Smiling brightly, Brahim cannot hide his delight : « To take part in the Dakar is a dream come true. I was lucky enough to be chosen by André Dessoude to take part in this adventure, and I am delighted. Moreover, this has happened at a good point, just after my title. It will give me a perfect opportunity to refresh my mind and enjoy some new experiences. I have always been passionate about Motorsport, and even when I was young, I was already dreaming of the Dakar.
I have some magnificent pictures in my mind, whilst being aware that this is an exceptional adventure in terms of the human aspect. It was through meeting people like Christian Lavieille, Yvan Muller and Luc Alphand that I was able to move into the motor sport family. I made friends there, and I feel good in this arena.
I have a little motorsport experience, on the circuit and on ice, but Cross Country is totally new to me.
Everyone dreams of taking part in the Dakar, and I am very aware of the immense opportunity that Team Dessoude has given me. I will listen to my co-driver carefully, and get advice from experienced drivers. Like a boxing match, which has to be managed round by round, I will manage my Dakar leg by leg. My aim is to reach Dakar while having a magnificent experience. That is how I want to live this adventure.»