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


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


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: 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













































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Donaldson CC: The African sands deliver their verdict in the Dakar Challenge



(See also single reports of the Teams Ford and Rhide). The 3rd leg of the "Dakar Challenge" 2014, which took place with the South African "Donaldson Cross Country Series" round in Botswana, saw Gary Bertholdt and Siegfried Rousseau (Ford Ranger) pick up their tickets for the Dakar 2015 in the car category, whilst in the bike race, quad rider Brian Baragwanath triumphed. More importantly, this leg once again demonstrated the success of the “Dakar Challenge” formula.

The leading race in the ultra-professional South African rally championship, the Toyota Kalahari 1000 Desert Race was, for the 3rd consecutive year, a leg on the Dakar Challenge 2014 with, at the end, two new registrations for the Dakar 2015 to be won: one in the car category and one in the bike/quad category, although the bike race did not count towards the South African championships. This was a mere detail, however, for the very high quality field in attendance, since many of the riders came to race with the aim of obtaining their place on the world’s biggest rally-raid next January.

It should be said that with a new route, including three days of racing and approximately 900 km of timed special stages on an exclusively sandy terrain, which was however rendered difficult and bumpy by the vegetation typical of the Southern African bush, this 3rd leg of the Dakar Challenge 2014 offered an ideal test for all the pretenders for a place on the Dakar 2015.

Most of the participants admitted that they saw this event as the first major step of well and professionally developed long projects destined, over the medium term, to take them to the main event in January. In the space of only a few years, the Dakar Challenge has therefore become an important way of grabbing a ticket for its parent rally.

Indeed, this was the goal of 26-year old quad rider Brian Baragwanath who, by winning his category in Botswana, obtained his registration for the Dakar 2015… for which he had already registered! In fact, having launched a Dakar participation project 3 years ago, the South African rally-raid champion in 2008 came to Botswana with the sole intention of winning the precious ticket to South America, but had already filed his registration on the off-chance of it being accepted, along with 2 other quad rider friends. Now of course, his registration for the race is signed, sealed and delivered.

Gary Bertholdt and Siegfried Rousseau have also managed to save on registration in the car category. Once again, it was not down to luck! 4th in the general standings in Botswana behind the wheel of their Ford Ranger, the winner of the South African championship in 2003 and his co-pilot set themselves the Dakar as a goal in the short-term, going as far as travelling to South America last January in order to watch the event and especially familiarise themselves with the terrain with the view to possibly participating in 2015. With their victory, their plans have borne fruit!

The Dakar Challenge Calendar 2014

21st - 24th July: Desafio Guarani (Paraguay)
11th - 14th September: Desafio Inca (Peru)
19th - 27th September: Australasian Safari (Australia)

2014/07/03 | 18:19 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ASO











Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




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 |




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 |




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 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 |




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: 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: 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 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: 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 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 |




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 |




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 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 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: 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 |




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 |




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 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 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 VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




















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