The Dakar with Team Dessoude
Jean-Pierre Strugo is, in his own way, quite a ‘legend'. Faithful to the production category since it began, this unstoppable lover of the Dakar will be facing his 25th participation in the event.
«Jipé» has gone through all the eras
of this mythical race and has seen plenty of changes and evolutions. This year, he will see another major difference with a change of continent. And if his apprenticeship was difficuilt (his first four participations ended in retirement) the man has progressed since then.. and what progress.
His career record speaks for itself : World Champion in the T2 Category (which was then called T1) in 1996, 2000, 2001 and 2003, he has also distinguished himself on the Dakar, claiming three wins (1996, 2000 and 2003), always in his favourite class.
A nonpareil when it comes to the management of his races, « Jipé » never panics and is able to be patient when necessary.
Even if a number of new talented drivers are appearing in the class these days, Jean-Pierre Strugo is still determined as his aim is the same as ever : to win !
He will be driving with his faithful navigator Yves Ferri, who had stepped aside for the 2008 event for professional reasons. But as the Dakar was cancelled, Yves did not miss an episode of the ‘Jipé' saga.
With a tried and tested car, the Nissan Pathfinder, within a team who has claimed plenty of wins in the category, the duo of Strugo and Ferri have all that it takes to fight at the top level. The only small shadow on the horizon is the terrain specific to South America, and more specifically the altitude, which will penalise the petrol cars compared to the Diesel engines...