As a press corps driver!
Michèle Mouton, the 1982 World Rally Championship runner-up, remains in the collective memory even if time passes by... This year, she is making her mark on the Dakar Rally – not as a competitor, but as a driver on one of the vehicles transporting
the media representatives.
Mouton is happy to be back in Argentina, a part of the world which marveled her over 20 years ago; she was dreaming of driving around the country again and the Dakar Rally presented a good opportunity to do so.
"I discovered rally raids with Peugeot in 1988 and 1989, when I provided assistance," related Mouton.
"In 2004 I participated in my first Dakar," she continued. "And this year, I really wished to come back. When the ASO's communications service offered me to drive journalists again, I accepted right away and brought along my daughter Jessie as navigator!"
Every day, Mouton returns to the trails with photographers and journalists, wherever the need may be.
"Since the beginning (of the rally) the welcome we receive from the crowds is impressive. There are as many people at five in the morning as at three in the afternoon. It sometimes takes us two hours to cross 20 kilometres," she explained.
"Rally raid is a very particular and unique sport. The life we lead and the people we meet over the two weeks of competition are extraordinary," Michèle Mouton shared. "We adapt and get used to everything very quickly."