It is at the January 2007 Lisbon-Dakar that Elisabete really makes her début with her new MAN M2000 truck, with which she establishes a strong relationship.
To drive through the difficult sand trails at the Comporta area in the presence of a cheering Portuguese crowd was an unforgettable privilege in her career.
At a rally characterized by a permanent increase in the pace, she finishes in 21st place in general classification and 7th among trucks with less than 10 liters.
After this rally Elisabete makes some mechanical changes in her truck and she bets on improving the suspensions, with shock absorbers of exclusively Portuguese production.
The Tunisian and the Morocco rallies are two occasions to evolve and prepare for the Dakar, and in them her driving becomes ever more solid and efficient.
She reaches 2nd place in the general classification at the Tunision rally and is 1st in Morocco.
However, the change in color is a main feature in 2007.
After nine years of joint work, Trifene 200 is replaced by the Oleoban brand, and shades of blue are Elisabete Jacinto’s new brand image.