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Erg Oriental: Amateur-Desert Rally with new Organizer from 2010.

28 years of organizing desert-rallies - with this result the German Joerg Steinhaeuser, mostly well known as "Steini", is one of the most experienced rally-organizers worldwide. Shortly after the first "Paris Dakar" Rally he founded the legendary "El Chott Tunisia Rally" in the early 80s - but as a counterpart to the "Paris-Dakar" he made easier regulations, less entry fees and a FIA-free Amateur class. Also in contrast to the "Paris-Dakar" the El Chott Organisation never changed their race-director - so the rally is a little younger then the Dakar, but with only "one Boss".

In 2002 Steinhaeuser sold the "El Chott" to a new organisation, but they failed and had to cancel the rally in the year 2007. Because the "old" organisation heard about the problems they went "back to business" and founded the "Erg Oriental Desert Rally" in Tunisia, which is one of the most famous desert-rallies in the European desert-rally scene. Like the "El Chott" the "Erg Oriental" is made for professionals and amateurs - fun, low entry fees and FIA-free restrictions, simply open for everybody.

During the "Abenteuer Allrad" Off Road Fair in Germany last weekend the Organisation unveiled a new step in the "Erg Oriental"-History: The founder Joerg Steinhaeuser retires as race-director and gave the rally in "new hands". From the 2010 edition of the Rally the head of the "German Truck Trial Championship", Jorg Schumann, will be the new race-director of the Amateur-Rally. "Schumann is experienced as organizer and the perfect partner for the future of the Rally" the founder Steinhaeuser told during the fair.

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2009/06/15 | 12:09 CET | Editor: MR/HS

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