Cristina Gutiérrez has successfully completed the Dakar Rally 2019 in the Eclipse Cross T1 prototype and came home in an impressive 26th position overall. In addition to the 26th position, Cristina was placed seventh in the category T1.2 (off-road 4x4 diesel modified) and the first placed female driver in the ‘cars’ category.
This is the third time Cristina Gutiérrez has competed in the Dakar having previously placed 44th in 2017 and 38th in 2018.
The Dakar Rally is infamous for being one of the most treacherous and arduous off-road rally endurance competitions in the world, with this year being no different. It certainly wasn’t all plain sailing for the crew as on the fifth day of competition during a marathon stage, they suffered two radiator failures which nearly knocked them out of the competition. Temperatures soared throughout the event and exceeded 60 degrees on the penultimate day of competition but Cristina Gutiérrez and co-pilot Pablo Huete completed the Dakar Rally in the Eclipse Cross T1 Prototype in true style covering the 3,096-kilometre rally in a total time of 55 hours, 56 minutes and 14 seconds.
On completion of the Dakar Rally, Cristina said "We are very happy. The sensations are unbeatable because from the first minute we felt very comfortable with the car and everything went cool. There were just a couple of days where we had problems, and some penalties that in my opinion have been excessive, these penalties prevented us from finishing higher.” She went on to add “Finishing in 26th position overall, and completing a third Dakar is a triumph.”
Co-driver Pablo Huete, who completed his very first Dakar Rally said “The car has been impeccable and impressive from the very first day.” When talking about Cristina he said “I have to thank her for the opportunity she has given me to come here and live this experience. It's amazing how she works and how she drives.”
Everyone here at Mitsubishi Motors in the UK would like to send our congratulations to the very talented Cristina Gutiérrez along with co-pilot Pablo Huete and Mitsubishi Motors Spain.