Dakar legend Xavi Foj to enter 28th consecutive Dakar Rally

Dakar legend Xavi Foj to enter 28th consecutive Dakar Rally

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Cooper Tire 4×4 ambassador Xavi Foj is preparing to enter his 28th consecutive Dakar Rally.

Foj received the Dakar Legend status earlier this year. He became one of only six competitors ever to be awarded the title. The Spaniard joined Nani Roma, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril Despres, Franco Picco and Yoshimasa Sugawara in receiving Dakar Legend distinction.

During his Dakar career, Foj has secured two class victories. He also has nine podium finishes as well as an impressive run of 13 consecutive finishes. Completing all of the special stages of a single Dakar event is an accomplishment many drivers and riders aspire to.

The Dakar is the toughest endurance event in global motorsport. It will celebrate its 40th edition in January 2018, when the event will be in South America for the 10th time. The rally starts in Peru, crosses through Bolivia and finishes in Argentina. It is one of the toughest routes in its history with 14 stages and a total of over 8,000km.

Xavi FojXavi Foj is preparing to enter his 28th consecutive Dakar Rally

The 2018 edition of the Dakar will be the 10th in which Foj has competed on Cooper tyres. His Toyota Land Cruiser 150 will be with the all-new Cooper Discoverer S/TMAXX POR. Foj assisted in developing this tyre for extreme off-road adventures.

Foj revels in the challenge of the Dakar, and especially in the T2 category, which is a cross-country class for production vehicles.

An architect by trade, 58-year-old Foj also still works at his family business, a limestone quarry just outside his hometown of Barcelona. He entered his very first Dakar in 1991 in a converted quarry truck, before switching to cars the next year.

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