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Welcome to the 20th Breslau Rally 2013 special newssection. To read an article just click on the specific headline below. All articles are visible for several years and under special subdomain [ COPY & CLICK HERE ] or use the SEARCH.




Breslau: A lovely valley with a big challenge for the teams on Thursday.







The early sun warms the first bikes for the start of the 6th day of this years "Breslau" Rally. Determination is needed to stay in the race at this day and we see more and more competitors battling to reach the finish in Zagan on Saturday.

Organizer Alex Kovatchev had a tough decision to make today: To keep up the pace of the rally, or to give the teams some room to prepare for the "Hannibal" marathonstage tomorrow. After watching the cars and trucks go through the toughest part of the stage it was clear: At kilometer 150 the teams were allowed to leave the track. The fastest teams make todays stage look easy finishing in less than four hours, but most competitors need a bit more.

Crossing over the hill into a lovely valley the first teams did not expect this to be the toughest part of the stage. The first motorbikes managed to get through be walking next to their bikes, after them the quads and SSVs arrived, winchcables were pulled and many, many teams tried to speed through the section only to find themselves well planted in the swamps.

Rico van der Sanden was the hero of the motobikes this morning when he scouted the valley to find a good line through the swamps. Together with Herwin de Roo, Henk Knuiman, David van Wijnhoven and Beat Juen he brought the bikes to the other side, continuing their race at high speed. For Beat Juen a few kilometers later the show was over. "I have broken my thumb so my project to win the Breslau is over for this year" he said with a sad smile.

A special team on todays stage is the Gigglepin4x4 team, leading the stage with more than 60 minutes on the second car in the car category. “Today we've had moments we will not forget” says Jim Marsden, “We drove into the valley and already the swamp was filled with cars. I chose a line and floored it, but it did not work quite as planned as I almost rolled the car when I landed in the swamp. Luckily Chris Abel had the winchcable out in seconds, attached it to one of the huge recovery trucks and we winched through this section. We lost almost no time, but it was a close call!”

With one of the smallest cars the Bertelsen team from Dankmark might be one of the smartest, racing their little Suzuki Jimny through the woods of Drawsko. They managed to cross the valley in minutes, picking a line to the far right of the swamp and winching through with their winch anchor, independent of the recovery trucks.

Gilles Girousse, the famous French Breslau driver managed to cross the most difficult section and is then left with a broken alternator. “It is number four this week, I simply run out of parts going on like this! Even though my car broke down I am happy to race here with my friends, the Breslau is always tough and a good challenge for us.”

With the final stages of the Breslau coming closer the tension in the truck ranking is rising. Czech Frantisek Svododa arrived well prepared with their new truck, proving to be fast on the long stages. In the beginning they had to learn how to cross the swamps but now they have found their pace. Today they finished the stage in 4 hours and 49 minutes, 7 minutes behind ther German Harald Chemnitz with his well built IFA racetruck.

Wineboud de Lille from Belgium is still leading the Unimog category but they lost a lot of time on famous German "off road celebrity" Udo Heidenreich today. “We were not doing too well today” Wineboud said afterwards, “driving alone with no tracks in front of us, but still seeing the other teams at the finishline!”

With competitors pouring into the camp early we expect the serviceteams to have enough time to do their hard work on all the vehicles. Tomorrow is the Hannibal stage, the classic marathon spanning over hundreds of kilometers. With the camp moving from Drawsko Pomorski to Zagan for the final days we say goodbye to the hospitality and the beautifull tracks of the Polygon and look forward to Zagan, the offroad capital of Europe!

2013/07/04 | 20:28 CET | ARTICLE: HATZMANN/MR











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Breslau: 20th edition of the Breslau Rally ended succesfully in Poland | 06.07.2013 19:12 |




Breslau TICKER: Waiting for prize-giving - and crazy situation in the cars. | 06.07.2013 17:25 |




Breslau TICKER: Now also the first cars and trucks reached the finish. | 06.07.2013 13:42 |




Breslau TICKER: First motobikers finished the 20th Breslau Rally 2013. | 06.07.2013 12:56 |




Breslau: Teams return earlier the expected from the S7 Hannibal stage. | 06.07.2013 12:36 |




Breslau TICKER: The last day! And in some categories everything is... | 06.07.2013 10:34 |




Breslau TICKER: Maybe first time a French team could win in the cars. | 06.07.2013 03:34 |




Breslau TICKER: Day will be long, legendary mudhole is very interesting. | 05.07.2013 15:50 |




Breslau TICKER: Preparing for the big Hannibal marathonstage to Zagan. | 04.07.2013 23:58 |




Breslau: A lovely valley with a big challenge for the teams on Thursday. | 04.07.2013 20:38 |




Breslau TICKER: Gigglepin, Heidenreich, Chemnitz eventually winners. | 04.07.2013 18:24 |




Breslau TICKER: If you have fighting spirit, there will be always a way... | 04.07.2013 17:32 |




Breslau TICKER: First trends Thursday - Henk Knuiman again in bikes. | 04.07.2013 15:56 |




Breslau TICKER: 150 kilometers Thursday - first participants are back. | 04.07.2013 15:27 |




Breslau TICKER: First trend in the SSV - Svoboda faster than the cars. | 03.07.2013 20:49 |




Breslau TICKER: First cars, trucks, quads and SSV arrived in the Camp. | 03.07.2013 19:36 |




Breslau TICKER: First bikes in camp, Van der Sanden eventually winner. | 03.07.2013 18:03 |




Breslau TICKER: The 5th stage is running - crash of Top-6 Mercedes. | 03.07.2013 12:52 |




Breslau RESULTS: OVERALL results SS 4 Tuesday Drawsko Top 10 | 03.07.2013 12:07 |




Breslau TICKER: Rally is going in its 5th stage - changes in the plans. | 03.07.2013 10:44 |




Breslau RESULTS: Daily results SS 4 Tuesday Drawsko Pomorskie Top 10 | 03.07.2013 02:26 |




Breslau TICKER: First info about the OVERALL leaders in their classes. | 03.07.2013 00:06 |




Breslau TICKER: Back in the Camp - and only a handful made it up now. | 02.07.2013 20:31 |




Breslau TICKER: Gigglepin leads the cars - Action in the muddy water. | 02.07.2013 17:11 |




Breslau TICKER: Good Morning on Tuesday! 255 kms and shining sun... | 02.07.2013 12:16 |




Breslau TICKER: And the winners are... The leaders after SS02 Monday. | 02.07.2013 01:45 |




Breslau TICKER: Mr. "Gigglepin" James Marsden and his axle story. | 01.07.2013 20:37 |




Breslau TICKER: Most of the participants arrived in the camp at 5pm. | 01.07.2013 17:27 |




Breslau TICKER: From left, from right, from... navigating is the game. | 01.07.2013 14:51 |




Breslau TICKER: All Top-5 leaders after the nightstage... race is running. | 01.07.2013 14:30 |




Breslau TICKER: SS02 Monday starts with 150 kilometers in cold weather. | 01.07.2013 13:10 |




Breslau TICKER: Competitors arrived in Poland, Nightstage has started. | 01.07.2013 02:34 |




Breslau TICKER: A long Sunday - main news will follow Sunday evening. | 30.06.2013 13:54 |




Breslau TICKER: Last trucks actually finished stage, waiting for the results | 29.06.2013 18:16 |




Breslau TICKER: The trucks started in the race, spectacular scenes. | 29.06.2013 16:04 |




Breslau TICKER: Cars started in the prologue, mud, water, dramas | 29.06.2013 14:26 |




Breslau TICKER: Motorcycles and quads have finished the prologue | 29.06.2013 13:09 |




















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