|Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: X-raid with three Mini All4 and one BMW X3.|
The desert is calling and the X-raid Team acts! With a total of four vehicles, the team that won the past two Dakar rallies travels to the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" (4th to 11th April, 2013).
The three Mini All4 Racing are raced by the pairings Nani Roma / Michel Périn (ES/F), Krzysztof Holowczyc / Andreas Schulz (PL/D) and the two Germans Stephan Schott / Holm Schmidt, with Viktor and Vernon Rempel from Paraguay contesting the event with a BMW X3 CC.
For Roma and Schott, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge represents the first rally appearance since the Dakar in January while it is the second event of the season for Holowczyc. The Pole convinced in the "Italian Baja" held just a few weeks ago by finishing second.
For father-and-son pairing Viktor und Vernon Rempel it’s not only the first appearance for the X-raid team but also the very first Marathonrally they are going to compete in.
The rally starts on the 6th of April with a "Super Special" (Prologue) in Abu Dhabi. On the following day, the first stage takes the competitors from the Yas Marina Circuit (well-known due to representing a part of the Formula 1 calendar) right to Liwa, located in the desert. Liwa also will be the location of the bivouac that will represent the starting point for the following four special stages.
The fifth and final stage will take the teams and drivers back from the desert to the Yas Marina Circuit. Over the course of the five days, the drivers will cover nearly 2,000 kilometers, with 1,400 of them being the total special-stage distance!
“For us, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge represents a traditional start into the season. Here, the heat and the sand make for extraordinary challenges for both the drivers and the material,” says Team Manager Sven Quandt.
"Nani, Krzysztof and Stephan are well aware of what they will have to cope with and for Viktor, it will be an impressive venue for his maiden appearance in the marathonrally sport."
The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge time schedule
04th April: Documentation & press conference in Abu Dhabi
05th April: Scrutineering in Abu Dhabi
06th April: Super Special Stage in Abu Dhabi
07th April: 1st stage (Yas Marina Circuit – Liwa)
08th April: 2nd stage (Liwa)
09th April: 3rd stage (Liwa)
10th April: 4th stage (Liwa)
11th April: 5th stage (Liwa – Yas Marina Circuit)
2013/04/03 | 14:45 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/X-RAID