Andre Villas-Boas quits football to take part in Dakar Rally

Former Chelsea boss will drive a Toyota Hilux in the 15-day rally in January

Andre Villas Boas has quit as Shanghai manager and will take part in the Dakar Rally. Photo: Getty Images

Andre Villas Boas has quit as Shanghai manager and will take part in the Dakar Rally. Photo: Getty Images

 

Former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas will contest the Dakar Rally in 2018 after quitting as manager of Chinese side Shanghai SIPG.

Villas-Boas, whose uncle took part in the event in 1982, will drive a Toyota Hilux in the 15-day rally which starts in Peru on January 6th and travels through Bolivia before finishing in Argentina on January 20th.

The 40-year-old motorsport enthusiast considered tackling the gruelling race on a motorbike, but was persuaded to switch to the Hilux pick-up and will have fellow Portuguese Ruben Faria as his co-driver.

“I spoke with my friend Alex Doringer, the manager of the KTM team, who told me that I would still need a full year’s preparation to get there and that it was better to consider doing it with a car,” Villas-Boas said.

“So I got in touch with Team Overdrive and here I am!”

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