Get to know CYRIL DESPRES & David CASTERA!21/12/2016 - 04:00

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Cyril DESPRES
Job: rally driver
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Eyes: Blue
Live in: Andorra
Nationality: French
Birth Date: 24/01/1974


 

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Rather beach or mountains? Mountains

What’s your dream destination? Morocco

Rather sweet or salty? Sweet

Fast food or gourmet? Gourmet

What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor? Chocolate

Which home-cooked-meal would you be? A pizza

Which drink would you be? Red Bull

 

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What’s your favorite & necessary foodstuff - that you can’t live without? Chocolate

The first thing you swallow when get out of bed? Fresh made fruit juice, for example: carrots -celery-cucumbers

The last thing you do before sleeping? I brush my teeth

How many hours of sleep on average? 6 hours

What do you think is your biggest character quality? Perfectionist

What do you think is your biggest character flaw? Perfectionist

What’s your musical taste/style? I enjoy listening to “Zaz”, a French singer

What’s your favorite TV show/ movie? I do not watch TV

Do you have other passions in life than motorsport? My daughters

How do you spend your time in between 2 races? I do bricolage / DIY

 

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What makes you laugh? Some red wine

What is the thing that irritates you the most? Politics

Which object/artifact to live the next 95year? PEUGEOT 3008DKR

Which Peugeot for your daily life? PEUGEOT 308 GTi

If you would be a weekday, which one would it be? Monday

If you would be a number, which one would it be? 222

If you would be a color, which one would it be? Red

If you would be an animal, which one would it be? A chimpanzee, it's very smart

Vintage or modern? Vintage

Any addiction? Addicted to victory!

Any superstition? Not at all

Any scars? 14

Any tatoo? No

 

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How did you get to motorsport and how does it appear to be your vocation?

By chance! My neighbor was practicing trial moto and I went riding with him, once, twice, … Then I started competing when I was 13 years old and I never stopped. I switched from bike to cars two years ago, after 14 Dakar and 5 titles on two-wheels. Driving in Dakar Rally aboard a car is another type of pleasure for me, and one more big challenge. I am really happy!

Your most beautiful/biggest emotion in your motorsport career?

Signing my contract with Peugeot!

 

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 > GET TO KNOW CYRIL DESPRES' CO-DRIVER [DAVID CASTERA]. READ HIS INTERVIEW BELOW <


David CASTERA
Job: co-driver for Cyril DESPRES
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Eyes: Green
Live in: Andorre
Nationality: French
Birth Date: 18/11/1970


 

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Rather beach or mountains? I could go either way

What’s your dream destination? A desert island

Rather sweet or salty? Sweet

Fast food or gourmet? Gourmet

What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor? Lemon

Which home-cooked-meal would you be? Homemade tiramisu, cooked by my wife

Which drink would you be? A nice red wine

What’s your favorite & necessary foodstuff - that you can’t live without? Pasta

The first thing you swallow when get out of bed? Hot chocolate

The last thing you do before sleeping? I brush my teeth

How many hours of sleep on average? 7 hours

What do you think is your biggest character quality? I systematically escape from conflicts

What do you think is your biggest character flaw? My ability to forgive

 

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What’s your musical taste/style? Pop-folk, pop-rock

What’s your favorite TV show/ movie? I don’t watch TV

Do you have other passions in life than motorsport? Motorcycle and ski

How do you spend your time in between 2 races? I am preparing the next one!

What makes you laugh? The simple things in life, with my friends

 

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What is the thing that irritates you the most? Abuse of power

The best time of your life until now? Today! I have no nostalgia

Which object/artifact to live the next 95year? I am not materialist

Which Peugeot for your daily life? PEUGEOT 508

If you would be a weekday, which one would it be? Wednesday, so I take time with my kids

If you would be a number, which one would it be? 1. I always aim for the 1st place.

If you would be a color, which one would it be? White

If you would be an animal, which one would it be? A dog

Vintage or modern? Half/Half

Any addiction? No

Any superstition? No

Any scars? Those from life

Any tatoo? No

 

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How did you get to motorsport and co-driving / How does it appear to be your vocation?

It’s Cyril DESPRES who came to me and told me I was capable of becoming a co-driver… First, I did not believe in him, I never thought about sitting on the right side of a race car! I grew up as a child, our family life bathed in the “Dakar Rally” atmosphere. My father was a motorcycle dealer, with a true passion for mechanic and race. He participated in the Dakar in 1981, as Hubert Auriol mechanic - who won the same year. Dad promised to me that one day I would run for the Dakar Rally as well, and I did! I started with a motorcycle, from 1991 to 2001 (best position: overall 3rd position in 1997), then I became sport manager of the race, from 2006 to 2015. My new experience as a co-driver is really interesting; I have again a different approach of this rally, which is the most difficult in the wolrd.

Your most beautiful/biggest emotion in your motorsport career ?

The Silk Way Rally victory last summer

 

 

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