|Dakar Rally 2014: Team El Martillo Racing finished in their first Dakar Rally.|
They made it: A rooky team full of expectations and dreams, with much to win, a team made of the dream of Mathew “Matt” Campbell made reality for all the El Martillo Racing, team who became one of the finishers of the Dakar Rally 2014.
The 18th of December 2014 will be remembered in the memory of many off road Baja fans, but mostly for the teammates of El Martillo Racing, a really NAFTA team made of Canadians, Americans and Mexicans who dared to challenge in the Dakar Rally 2014. They are the first Baja California Sur based team attempting the gorgeous adventure.
The 13th and last stage of the Rally was not complicated after the pit team lead by Mike Julson again changed a clutch the night before to the very last challenge, the position of the stage was 44th, in the overall the team made a 49th very acceptable position and also got the 2nd place of the OP1 class after two weeks of the hardest days of their lives.
"Yes we made some mistakes, yes we learned a lot, yes we would’ve liked to get better position but we made it," the team reported. "The entire team members learned something of this wild, crazy, addictive trip, we had bad times, problems and a low profile helpful for a first timer team."
The car worked very well according to the terrain expectations, sometimes with some advantages and some others paying the cost but at last ending the 14 days event where since the renowned builder to the successful entrepreneur, and of course everybody else of the team, had something to learn in this dream called Dakar.
2014/01/19 | 20:14 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/MARTILLO