|Dakar Rally 2014: El Martillo - Team of Canadians, Mexicans, Americans.|
A concerted effort is launched by a winning group of experienced desert racers to compete in the most challenging Rally Raid in the world, the Dakar Rally. The team of Canadians, Mexicans and Americans was launched in March of 2013 to compete in the 2014: El Martillo Racing. The team will compete in three categories: SCORE Car, T4 truck and motorcycle.
Led by Canadian businessman Matt Campbell of Calgary, Alberta, team Principal and driver, he is an experienced class one unlimited off road racer in Baja California Sur.
The team is composed of Managing Director Paul Clark (dual citizen Canada/Mexico) a class one driver who organized the Vancouver Indy series and who currently is a Real Estate Developer in Baja Sur, Mexico; driver Luis “Fito” Ramirez (Mexico), a third generation Mexican off road racer; and internationally recognized Class one unlimited driver with many championships to his credit and 2008 Class 1 winner of the Score International’s Baja 500 (1st Mexican to achieve that in 40 years of the race).
Experienced crew chief and Navigator Nicolas “Nico” Ambriz (Mexico) will navigate the car. Nico is also operations manager and an experienced off road race car prep expert, mechanic and driver. Carlos “Jampy” Olmos (Mexico) will navigate the T4 Truck whose primary purpose is to support the OP1 car. Carlos is a winning Class 1 off-road racer with Escuderia Balmaceda, a Cabo based off road racing team.
Motorcyclist Jeff Quade (American) will command the motorcycle, a purpose built KTM “Dakar” 450. Jeff is a second generation off road motorcycle racer with many national and international wins to his credit.
The team will be further supported by a group of Mexicans, Canadians and Americans totaling some 16 people. To add Dakar experience and support the team has hired Rally Raid UK, a veteran British based support group which has run and supported 15 Dakar races.
The team is building a winning three seat, purpose built car in San Diego, California, at the workshops of award winning race car builder Jimco Inc. The car is currently 95% complete and nearly ready for testing in the deserts of Nevada, Arizona and California. The support vehicles and spares have been shipped to Europe where they joined the European contingent in Le Havre, France for shipment to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The race car will fly to Argentina mid-December.
On November 8th Luis Ramirez Jr., Nicolas Ambriz and Carlos Olmos returned to El Martillo Racing headquarters in Los Cabos, BCS, Mexico after concluding 2 weeks of training in the Nevada and California deserts. This was the last phase of training for Dakar and the first week was at the Jimmy Lewis Training School in Pahrump, Nevada, and the second week was spent practicing in the dunes of Southern California. The team was practicing in dunes similar to the one they will encounter in Dakar 2014.
Matt Campbell, Team Principal and motorcyclist Jeff Quade also attended the Jimmy Lewis School and returned to Cabo on November 1st. Upon returning to Cabo, Matt participated in the Comondu 300 and maintained his lead to win the Class 1 championship in the 2013 UPRO Off -Road series.
This ends the training phase for the El Martillo Racing Team and for the next 60 days the team will concentrate on physical conditioning for the biggest motor sport challenge in the world, Dakar 2014.
The team has been on an exercise and dieting routine for the last months to prepare their bodies and minds for the extreme challenge of Dakar which will average 735 kilometers each day, over a period of 13 days with one day of rest.
The team navigators “Nico” Ambriz and “Jampy” Olmos made a trip to Teruel, Spain in September to train at the driving school of Masia Pelarda to hone their navigation skills and the specific equipment used for navigation in Dakar. In Dakar navigation is done by a Road Book, Compass, and special resettable odometer (Terra Trip), with no pre-running of the course. For safety there is a proximity alarm to warn racer if they are too close together, and a special communication device in case of emergency.
In October the team manager, Paul Clark along with Jeff Quade, Nicolas Ambriz and Carlos Olmos went to Paris, France and attended a special course put on by the Amaury Sports Organization (ASO) for first time Dakar participants. In the course they received very detailed information about the challenge of Dakar and specifics about the navigation equipment and safety procedures.
The team is now waiting for the Jimco designed and built Dodge Durango to be completed, which is expected on December 3. Upon delivery of the Dodge Durango the team will begin testing and tuning the car to accept the Dakar challenge.
The team will present the El Martillo Dodge Durango to the public in early December and then the team will air freight the car to Buenos Aires, Argentina for inspection and Dakar 2014.
The team is ready, the deadline is approaching, and the excitement is building. Join us and be part of the greatest challenge on wheels on dirt; get all the pics, vids and more. Follow the team on Facebook: “El Martillo Racing to Dakar”; Twitter: “@Teamelmartillo”, Instagram Teamelmartillo or [ ELMARTILLORACING.COM ].
2013/11/21 | 01:21 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/MEDINA