A Down-Syndrome Racer Will Make History In The 2019 Dakar Rally


Lucas Barron is already making history in the Dakar Rally since he is the first down-syndrome racer to participate in the competition.

“The 25-year-old will act as co-pilot for his father, Jacques, in tackling the 5,000km, 10-day marathon”, Fox News informed.

Our aim is to finish the race and achieve our goal,” he told AFP. “The race is brilliant for me. It will be easy because we know the route.”

The father-son team has been training for more than a year and a half and are competing in the UTV category for off-road four-wheel drive buggies.

Barron’s main tasks as a co-pilot will be to look at the engine, the road and the tires. Born in Lima, he said to the media that he is confident to overcome the desert dunes.

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Ermelinda is a journalist from Caracas, Venezuela. She has a Master’s degree in Digital Journalism and has recently finished a technical degree in Veterinary Assistance because of her love for animals. She likes to do sports, but especially ballet, which she has practiced for more than 17 years. Her passion is to read, write, and blog about different topics, as well as travel whenever she can.