Orlando Terranova

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A winner on both two and four wheels, 34 year old Orlando "Orly" Terranova has a victory rap sheet that defies his age. Not only is he the first Argentinean racer to score a day victory in the Dakar Rally, finishing fifth overall in 2013, but he is also the first South American driver to win a FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.

Hailing from Mendoza in central Argentina, Orly began his racing career in earnest in 1997 at the age of 18. Throwing his leg over an Enduro bike, Orly quickly racked up a string of wins, including four national Enduro titles, and a third place in the gruelling Latin American Enduro Championship in 2001.

It wasn’t until 2005 however that Orly made his first attempt at the Dakar. Success proved to be elusive though. Despite his raw natural talent, and leaving nothing but shredded rocks and dunes in his wake, Orly has been forced out of the race through mechanical failure in five out of his seven starts.

Thankfully the setbacks did nothing to dent his enthusiasm for racing.  Honing his craft at every opportunity, the Argentinean has taken scores of podiums, including successes in the Desafio Ruta 40, Tunisia Rally, Baja Aragon, the Rally of the Desert in Chile, and most recently the 2013 OiLibiya Rally of Morocco.

Along with Portuguese co-driver Paulo Fiúza – a veteran of six Dakar Rallies – and factory backed seat in the legendary Monster Energy MINI ALL4, Orly is set to take the 2014 edition of the Dakar by storm. Watch this space.

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