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


Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014


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


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


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


Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014


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













































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Breslau Rally: Interview with 4x4-legend "Gigglepin" Jim Marsden for Breslau.








The UK-based Team Gigglepin was created in 2001 by founder Jim Marsden of "Gigglepin 4x4". In the intervening 12 years the team has won and been placed at many high profile world wide events.

Team Gigglepin pride themselves on their happy professional demeanour, and their continuing product development that has already brought the world many race winning products including the famous Twin-Motor winch.

In 2013, Jim Marsden visited the "Rally Breslau" in Poland for the second time - and was fighting for the overall win, which was finally prevented by technical problems. But he had some stagewins and showed a great fight. In 2014 "Gigglepin" will be back in Poland.

MR: Could you explain how Gigglepin prepare for the Breslau Rally?

Jim Marsden: "Breslau is like no other event in Europe. Breslau is a seven-day event and an average stage length of 240 kilometers and they are tough stages.

There is a lot of sand, a lot of deep water and both those things aren’t nice or kind to any vehicles especially the ones competing. So we have to set up the cars specifically as they have to be reliable and have to be able to take huge amounts of punishment over the seven days.

Now anyone can build a car that can last for one day but building a car that can last for seven days takes a special skill set - to build a car that can last the full seven days and be competitive takes an even bigger skill set.

When competing you’ll see that a lot of standard vehicles tend to do really well because they are less stressed than the thoroughbred vehicles such as our own but so for us, our preparation will revolve around waterproofing; making sure that’s all tiptop. It will also revolve around shock absorber tuning as wellso we’ll be tuning our suspension, as we’ll be racing on a lot of sand.

People don’t realise it but Poland is just sand, it’s like the Sahara in places so what we have to do is a lot of whoops and bumps so we have to dial in our suspension and get it absolutely spot on so that we can travel faster and safely."

MR: The terrain sounds quite harsh?

Jim Marsden: "It is, it is."

MR: What events are you competing in before you head to Poland?

Jim Marsden: "We’ve got quite a few events coming up. The "Norra 1000 Mexico" for Odyssey Batteries, it’s a 1000 mile desert race so that will be fun. Then we were heading straight on to the "King of the Glenns", which is an Ultra 4 event in Scotland.

The first time that’s ever happened there so that’s going to be an interesting one as we don’t know what to expect but that will be the first outing for this seasons new car; that’s going to be a big one for us.

Then a few weeks after that we’ve got king of the mountains, which is in Italy which again is a first time event. Again an Ultra 4 event so big rocks, high speed, expect lots of breakages, expect lots of spectacular fails, and really really tough. Then we’ve got a few weeks to get the car back together then onto Breslau. We’ve got unfinished business at Breslau this year - we were devastated not to win it last year."

MR: OK, so expectations are quite high this year?

Jim Marsden: "We always have high expectations we don’t go there to make up the numbers. We go there to try to win and last year unfortunately it didn’t quite work out for us. We had a breakage on one day and due to particularly harsh rules we got a DNS rather than a DNF and that gave us a 24hour time penalty.

That basically put paid to any chance of ever winning, even though over the next few days we were winning stage after stage and on some of the stages winning by over an hour at a time. We were doing very well."

MR: What’s your most favourite part of the Breslau Rally event?

Jim Marsden: "Probably the night stage. The night stage is just awesome. There are very few events in the world where you get to do a proper 60 km night stage and it is a genuine 60 km+ night stage. It’s insane! You start at 11 at night and off you go, its full hard-core as fast as you can and we really love it, absolutely love it.

We find that having the best lighting equipment is the difference between winning and losing. We are very lucky to be working with Lazer Lamps who are our official lighting partner. Their products are just superb for the type of night stages we will be competing in. We like to have a wall of light and that’s what that product gives us so it’s absolutely wonderful."

2014/06/24 | 14:45 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/RB











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 |




Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 |




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




Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014 01:27 |




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 |




Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014 04:48 |




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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