Andr Villas-Boas quits as manager of Shanghai SIPG to drive in Dakar Rally

The former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Andr Villas-Boas will contest the Dakar Rally in 2018 after quitting as manager of Chinese side Shanghai SIPG

The former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas will contest the Dakar Rally in 2018 after ceasing as manager of Chinese side Shanghai SIPG.

Villas-Boas, whose uncle took part in the event in 1982, will drive a Toyota Hilux in the 15 -day rally which starts in Peru on 6 January and travellings through Bolivia before finishing in Argentina on 20 January.

The 40 -year-old motorsport enthusiast deemed address the gruelling race on a motorbike, but was persuaded to switch to the Hilux pick-up and will have fellow Portuguese Ruben Faria as his co-driver.

” I spoke with my friend Alex Doringer, the manager of the KTM team, who told him that I would still need a full year’s preparation to get there and that it was better to hold doing it with a car ,” Villas-Boas said.

” So I get in touch with Team Overdrive and here I am !”

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