GWM in the 2014 Dakar Rally
GWM/Haval's impressive run of top 10 Dakar finishes continued when Frenchman Christian Lavieille, driving the number 315 Haval H8, achieved eighth place overall in the 2014 event.
Lavieille, in his first outing with the GWM/Haval team, impressed with his consistency and speed. The latest success follows Carlos Sousa's sixth places in the 2012 and 2013 Dakar races.
Following the race, GWM/Haval's team managers expressed satisfaction with the result and lauded Lavieille for his performance after finishing the final stage with the sixth fastest time. In fact, such was Lavieille's pace in the stage that he only lost out on jumping to seventh by less than two minutes!
What is even more remarkable of the 2014 Dakar, is the fact that the GWM team had also earned its first stage win, and the first ever by a Chinese manufacturer. (Carlos Sousa caused quite a stir by winning the first stage of the event.)
All in all, this year's performance in the Dakar Rally once again goes to show that GWM's Haval SUV brand is a force to be reckoned with!