Ford Dakar 2014 Finish
“The big highlight for me was the car crossing the finish line on that long 605 km stage from Antofagasta to El Salvador. Everyone was slightly nervous about it, but the guys brought the car home in a brilliant 8th place and that was a great achievement.”
Scott Abraham (Team Manager – South Racing):
“It has been an incredibly tough two weeks with lots of highs and lows. For me one of the major highs was the way the team came together and fought back after the difficult first week. This showed a lot of character and depth.
“A big thanks goes to all the mechanics and the entire team that kept the Ranger running throughout the race. The last three days in particular have been very encouraging as Lucio and Ronnie have been running consistently in the top 10.
“Other than the minor issues we encountered in the first couple of days in Argentina, the car has performed well and the team has enjoyed a clean run. Undoubtedly we were hampered by the low starting positions which meant they got stuck behind the big trucks in all the dust.
“But ultimately the team has proved the performance of the Ranger, and especially in the dunes Lucio and Ronnie were regularly in the top five at the various checkpoints. This gives us the motivation to continue fighting for the future, and certainly the vehicle and the team are capable of doing it.
“As part of the learning phase we have high expectations, but I think we’ve done Ford and the Ranger proud. The team brought the car home, and proved that it’s Built Ford Tough.
“We will take a lot away from this experience and continue developing the vehicle so that we can come back next year much stronger.”