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Driver revved up ahead of Dakar

Toyota Imperial driver Leeroy Poulter says he has been preparing for months and can't wait to start.

Assistance trucks at the technical area of the Dakar Rally in Rosario, Argentina on January 3, 2014, ahead of the 2014 Dakar Rally which this year will thunder through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile from January 5 to 18. Picture: AFP.

ARGENTINA, Rosario - They say you only discover what your partner is really like, once you travel or work with them.

In that case Leeroy Poulter will learn plenty about his wife Michaela at Dakar 2014.

The Toyota Imperial driver, making his debut at the race is joined in South America by Michaela, the team physio, and says it's great to have her nearby for arguably the biggest event of his career.

"I mean it's incredible having someone here that you can trust, you're in the same room together. It's a big thing for both of us to be here together and we're really looking forward to the next couple of days."

Michaela admits that despite the odd hiccup, spending the trip together has been nothing short of amazing.

"Despite the laptop incident, leaving it on the aeroplane which we need to download all our maps, that's the biggest thing that's happened so far.

"We've worked and prepared so hard to get here, so just to watch him and see how everything's going, I'm very blessed."

Poulter begins his Dakar dream tomorrow when the race begins in Rosario and the 32-year-old is biting at the bit to get going.

"It's been a long build up to this, we've been preparing for months now. It's really warm here, something to get used to, but I'm just so excited, can't wait."

Today sees the ceremonial start take place before the real action gets underway tomorrow.

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