Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota) and Briton Sam Sunderland (KTM) topped the first stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally in the auto and motorcycle sections, respectively, on a day marked by caution when many drivers chose to wait for later legs to make a move.
Villas-Boas, who coached Porto, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Zenit St Petersburg and Shanghai SIGP, will drive a Toyota Hilux as he revives a family link - his uncle Pedro Villas-Boas drove in the race in 1982 in a 4x4.
In the video below you can get a better idea regrading the length and roughness of the Dakar Rally.
Trucks, motorcycles, cars and quads are all welcomed into the race. 'There were dunes with steep descents, so I had to stop accelerating 200 metres before that to avoid any risks.
It was originally known as the "Paris-Dakar Rally" but was relocated in 2009 due to security concerns.
"I had to go very slow because it was quite tricky over the crests of the dunes: you couldn't see the downhill and it was easy to make a mistake".
Peugeot's reigning champion Stephane Peterhansel of France, who is chasing a 14th Dakar win, was in 11th place and two minutes 15 seconds off the pace.
Al-Attiyah admitted that Sunday's stage will be a challenge as he starts first, therefore acting as a pathfinder for his rivals.
Frenchman Adrien Van Beveren of the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team claimed second for the stage in 21:28 with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Pablo Quintanilla of Chile third in 21:51.
As the opening vehicle, Nasser Al-Attiyah suffered a huge loss after his navigator fell ill just 15kms into the stage which made it even more hard for him. The rally will come to an end on January 20, 2018, in Cordoba, Argentina.