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Haulotte launches its 2006 Dakar bid.

Aerial lift producer Haulotte has once again entered the Dakar rally, the group participated for the first time earlier this year with a Protrac pickup, driven by Miguel Prieto and Alvaro Velhinho. Sadly the vehicle failed to finish, but as Segundo Fernandez says, “it is the taking part and the effort that is important, it is not just about winning”
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Senegalese musicians help kick off Haullotte's 2006 Dakar bid

For 2006 the Dakar rally runs from Lisbon to Dakar and Haulotte has stepped up its participation and has entered three vehicles. Last years Protrac will once again be driven by Miguel Prieto, co piloted this year by Frederico Montes.
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Segundo Fernandez, Head of sales and marketing at Haulotte (Centre) with the Dakar 2006 team

In addition Haulotte are entering a Mercedes Unimog into the T4 series, driven by Sirio Sainz on his 10th outing, assisted by Mikel Prieto, joining them is Cristian Velhinho a professional mechanic and electronics expert.
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The Mercedes Unimog truck

And finally a Mercedes 6x6 support truck will also enter the T5 series, this will be driven by last year’s co Pilot, Alvaro Velhinho, on his 15th Dakar rally. With him will be Jorge Casas as co pilot and mechanic.
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The 6x6 Mercedes support truck

The rally will be held in mid January, and we wish team Haulotte every success in this adventure, it would be fantastic to see them not only complete the tough course, but also be among the leaders.
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The Protrac pickup, will be the main entry again this year


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