|10th Albania Rally TICKER: Some participants still in the race... Interviews.|
Like on Monday also on Tuesday some competitors (even at 22:30 CET) are still in the race or on their way to the camp. As we reported, many competitors - both in bikes and cars - retired today because of technical problems or accidents, so we still have no results yet. At 22:20 CET 57 bikes and 16 cars passed the today´s finish line.
"Today was like a big, big stone pit - no, better, like collecting all stones of Albania and put them in today´s stage," reported Dolly Winterberger, navigator of the "local hero" and more-times winner Renti Sina (Toyota Land Cruiser).
"Stones, stones, stones. We have a new car in this year which is more made for Cross-Country than tough off-road, we finalized the car only two weeks before the rally. Now we found out that testing here was eventually not the best idea," she said with a laugh.
Bulgarian SSV-navigator Todor Hristov was happy and angry in the same time - but not about the stage. "The first part was like a trophy or rock-crawling, we had to fight heavily with our Polaris," he said.
"We were the third car and had a nice fight with Renti Sina (Toyota) and the German Martin Dechent in the second Polaris. After Dechent overtook us, we got stuck in a small muddy area. Nobody wanted to take us out, even if we spent some fuel yesterday to an other competitor... After a while a single rallyfan with a Suzuki came and pulled us out. We lost a lot if time there. The second part was great, full speed, rallying as its best."
Former "Rally Breslau"-winner and organizer Henrik Strasser arrived in the camp late - and totally dirty, but with a big smile. "The first part was hard. You know, I have family so I don´t wanted to take any risk. In the mountains we were slowly crawling up the hills, but than the landscape changed and we could drive with nice speed."
"It became better and better, so overall it was a really great day with an amazing landscape. We lost some time because of a broken tire and a short repairing session, but nevermind...it was great, big fun!"
Robert Visek, Yamaha rider from the Czech Republic, also reported about a tough day. "It was hard but ok," he said in the camp. "My average speed today was only 35 km/h - so you can see, we were not flying. But the landscape was great, we had everything, high mountains, forest, water, mud...lovely!"
2014/06/09 | 22:25 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS