The son of Niki Lauda will get the opportunity to race in the same iconic colours as his father's last championship-winning Formula 1 car.
Lukas Lauda, son of the Austrian racing legend and three-time world champion, will race in the Dakar Rally for the first time in 2024, driving for the South Racing Team when it gets underway this month.
That particular team have decided to offer the 32-year-old a special livery, which will look very similar to that of Lauda's 1984 McLaren, in which the Austrian was able to claim five race victories and snatch the title from team-mate Alain Prost by half a point.
“I have always had a passion for off-road racing and I didn't want to miss this opportunity.
“I'm here to learn and enjoy,” he continued.
“It is a very tough event, so I mainly hope to reach the finish. But of course I also want to perform as well as possible and honour my father in this way.
“In 2022, Heinz Kinigadner invited me to Tunisia to test a Can-Am and I absolutely loved it. I bought a second-hand Can-Am from South Racing and started racing some rallies with my co-driver Stefan. Heinz Kinigadner introduced me to Stefan. We really are a good team together. He taught me everything and I'm still learning.
“Dakar was always the biggest race and adventure for me. I've been watching it since I was a child and it fascinates me. My goal is to learn a lot and try to become perhaps the best rookie.”
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