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Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


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Aïcha des Gazelles: Hamilton/Beavis working hard to regain Top 10 ranking







Stage 5 of the "Aïcha des Gazelles" rally in Morocco consisted of seven CPs which took teams through a 200 km course from Ihander to Ouald Driss - a lengthy estimated completion time of 10 hours, 45 minutes.

Riding on the coat tails of an exhausting two-day long Marathon Leg, the big challenge of the day was distance. Surroundings were wide open and rocky without any major navigational difficulties requiring methodical planning.

Early on CP3 had many top contenders checking in, including Team 147 and 136. Bethany Hamilton, driver for Team 136 whose vehicle suffered a broken tie-rod as well as 4-wheel drive the previous day, stated in the morning, "It feels like the 4-wheel drive is working - the truck is driving sturdy and strong; however, we're still not sure if it's functioning properly. We'll have to wait and see."

Beavis added: "The 4-wheel drive problem could have been the result of a busted CV which might have overheated the center differential. We’re not sure exactly how it happened but we are moving forward according to plan."

Team 136 moved up three spots to 10th place. However, as of late today they were bumped to 11th in the standings as the results became official at noon which is the deadline for all teams to return to the bivouac.

Beavis stated, "Someone in the top right now would have to make a really big mistake for us to move back up as we are fairly behind points wise. We'd love to be in the top, but the dunes are going to be tough - they are soft, difficult to navigate and sharp. We plan to be very smart about our lines."

Team 107 Lerner Reina, whose pace picked up yesterday and moved up the rankings, are pleased with their comeback. The team made all 7 CPs with precise sharp lines from Reina - going on her 2nd day without a Terratrip.

Reina stated, "It's forced me to modify my navigation methods, but I also think skill and instinct play a role in navigation. We are a focused team and drive at a planned, good pace."

Team 178 Hall/Howells arrived to the bivouac late Tuesday evening, with Howells lines improved significantly. Given the broken chassis on the vehicle, the team's performance today was impressive, hitting 5 CPs.

"The length of the day was tough," stated Hall. "Driving back at night down a steep narrow road can be intimidating, but I felt confident with our truck. I put it in 4-low and let it do all the work."

Team 182 Klishevich/Chiadmi - Klishevich, an experienced driver off-road, had a smooth ride during this stage as Chiadmi continued to grow in her navigation skills. The first-time competitors look forward to the upcoming Marathon Leg which includes the Chegaga dunes.

Team 185 Barone/Meddows had a great run today with Meddows's experience in her second Gazelle Rally shining through in carefully plotted lines. The team arrived just behind Team 178 and Barone felt confident in her driving skills.

The upcoming 2nd Marathon Leg, which includes the tedious terrain around M'Hamid and famed Chegaga dunes. The leg runs from the morning of the 27th through the evening of the 28th finishing out the rally in the village of Foum Z'Guid.

It will require strength, nerves of steel, and endurance - truly weeding out the competition. Here teams push themselves to the limits, and the race is ultimately decided in these last two difficult days.

2013/03/27 | 17:09 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/KUHN











Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 |




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Defender Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of the series by Bowler Rd 4 Wales | 29.08.2014 01:31 |




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Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 |




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014 04:57 |




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Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 |




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014 17:07 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Onboard with X-Rally Ford Ranger Baumgart / Cincea | 27.08.2014 16:35 |




Rally dos Sertões: Stagewin for Toyota´s Varela in S3 but Spinelli still leader. | 27.08.2014 16:19 |




Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves - "Hope to ride hard without making mistakes" | 27.08.2014 16:00 |




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins again in Bikes and remains the leadership. | 27.08.2014 15:35 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 19:14 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 18:57 |




Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014 17:21 |




Baja Poland: Overdrive Racing with five Toyota Hilux and Nasser Al Attiyah. | 26.08.2014 16:45 |




Rally dos Sertões: Mitsubishi´s Spinelli / Haddad the new leader in the cars. | 26.08.2014 05:17 |




Rally dos Sertões: Gonçalves wins SS2 in Bikes but Coma still overall leader. | 26.08.2014 05:02 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Nice impressions from the first days in Brazil (79) | 26.08.2014 04:53 |




Baja Poland VIDEO: Official trailer of the Baja Poland FIA CC World Cup 2014 | 26.08.2014 04:32 |




Donaldson CC: Test of character for the teams at South African Vryburg 450 | 26.08.2014 03:49 |




Rallyraid: Kamaz Master legend Ilgizar Mardeev tragically died in an accident. | 26.08.2014 03:09 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 02:30 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 01:59 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Driving onboard with Overdrive Toyota Hilux of Verala | 26.08.2014 01:46 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda´s Paulo Goncalves wins second stage in the bikes. | 26.08.2014 01:28 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of SS01 Sunday (crash) | 26.08.2014 00:56 |




















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