The elder brother of long-time Aston Martin GT racer Mathias, Lukas Lauda will compete within the T3 class for light-weight automobiles, racing a Can-Am Maverick XRS Turbo entered by the South Racing Group.
His #347 Can-Maverick has been painted in the identical color scheme because the 1984 title-winning McLaren MP4/2 in a tribute to Lauda Sr, who died in 2019 on the age of 70.
Along with the automobile, Lukas Lauda has designed a particular helmet with the usage of pink and white colors paying homage to the Marlboro tobacco promoting from these days.
Lukas Lauda had spent most of his profession working as a sports activities supervisor, even serving to his brother Mathias’s stand up the racing ladder. Nonetheless, in recent times, he has dabbled in cross-country rallying, becoming a member of a World Rally-Raid Championship occasion in Morocco in 2022.
His look on the Rally du Maroc in 2023 yielded a promising thirteenth place end and served as the best preparatory floor for his first Dakar outing.
“I used to journey motocross quite a bit as a child and I have been using motorbikes all my life,” defined the South Racing driver.
“I labored for a few years in sports activities advertising and organised races for my brother and different individuals. I had by no means raced something, and in 2022, Heinz Kinigadner invited me to Tunisia to strive a Can-Am and I cherished it.
“I purchased a second-hand Can-Am from South Racing and began racing some rallies with my co-driver Stefan [Henken]. Heinz Kinigadner launched me to Stefan and we made a superb group.
“The Dakar has at all times been for me an important race and journey, I have been watching it since I used to be a baby and it fascinates me. My aim is to study quite a bit and attempt to be the most effective rookie”.
Niki Lauda clinched the 1984 world championship by simply half a degree over team-mate Alain Prost on the finish of a topsy-turvy season.
Lauda, who had beforehand gained the 1975 and 1977 titles for rival Ferrari, gained a complete of 5 races in 1984 however retired from racing after spending yet one more season with McLaren in 1985 .
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