Dakar man Panseri gets emer­gency call

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Bryan Bouffier’s last-minute re­place­ment co-driver, Xavier Panseri, has talked about the dash which got him to Gap less than an hour be­fore the start of last week’s Monte Carlo Rally.

Bouffier’s original co-driver Jerome De­gout was in­jured in a recce crash, forc­ing Bouffier to call Panseri – the man who won the Irc-qual­i­fy­ing Monte Carlo Rally in 2011 – to ask him to step in. A day af­ter land­ing back in Europe from fin­ish­ing sixth along­side Khalid Al-qas­simi in the Dakar Rally, Panseri was trav­el­ling to see his par­ents close to Geneva when he got a fran­tic call.

“I had come off the plane on Wed­nes­day morn­ing and my tele­phone was on mute,” Panseri told MN. “I was driv­ing to Geneva and I saw a mes­sage from Bryan’s spon­sor, then I saw three missed calls from Bryan. I called him and he said: ‘I’m in the sh*t. I need you…’ I came off at the next junc­tion, called my par­ents and told them I wasn’t com­ing and my friend drove me to Greno­ble where some­body from M-sport met me. I got to Gap 45 min­utes be­fore shake­down started.

“I had no kit. The team bought me some new over­alls, Julien In­gras­sia loaned me a watch and I had to buy a pen­cil! It was in­cred­i­ble. What a week.”

Panseri and Bouffier fin­ished eighth in a Ford Fi­esta WRC.

Panseri ar­rived just min­utes be­fore Monte Carlo started

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