|Baja Qatar: Team FJ storm ahead to secure second overall at their first QB.|
Teamreport Team FJ UAE: In an event which highlighted the need for strong navigation and good teamwork between driver and co-driver, the UAE-based "Team FJ" (Toyota FJ Cruiser) finished the 340 km event just over 30 minutes behind the Dakar champion Nasser Al-Attiyah in the factory prepared SAM Mercedes 35CC race car.
The Baja was run over varied terrain ranging from sand tracks, subka, gravel tracks and challenging rock sections. Commencing with a 6km prologue stage on Friday afternoon Team FJ moved up the rankings from their seeded position of car number 26 to 11th position for the start of the main event on Saturday morning.
Saturday’s 340 km course was split over two stages separated by a 30 minute service period, the first 240 km section was extremely difficult to navigate as GPS navigation points were only provided for the 4 passage control points, the rest of the route was only identifiable from the organisers road book and trip meter distances. Arriving at the service park as car number 7 Team FJ changed out a spare tyre (following an earlier puncture) and took on some fuel before commencing the final 100km stage.
The last section led along the scenic coast of Qatar past the inland sea and eventually ended up at the Sealine resort which marked the finish of the event. Once the car was safely back in parc ferme there was a long wait for the Team as the remaining competitors battled there way through the stage to finish line, once all the competitors were back the Team attended the press conference and the podium ceremony where they were awarded trophies for 2nd overall and 2nd in class.
As usual the team would like to thanks it sponsors and supporters for helping it to another successful finish. For more informations about the team visit the official website at [ www.desertfj.com ].
2011/11/30 | 12:41 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/TEAM FJ