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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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Hellas Rally: 200 teams and stars like Kinigadner, Fretigne, Pastori, Winter...









The amateur rallyraid-sport becomes more and more interesting: Best proof is the "Hellas Rally Raid" in Greece, which will start today (Monday) evening (20:00 CET, 21:00 local time) with the official opening ceremony in the beautiful and historic port of Nafpaktos in the Lepanto region at the south-western coast of Greece.

Great and long stages, low starting fees and travelling costs, a familiar and less-restricted atmosphere attracted 200 competitors to start in the race - for example, the FIA and FIM "Sealine Rally" in Qatar in April only had 40 competitors - overall. In this year the event counts 124 Bikes, 13 quads, 10 SSV and 19 cars - plus 34 bikers who like to travel in the slower "raid"-category.

Competitors are coming from Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Israel, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom - a big mixed family.

Some years before, we mostly saw a strict separation between amateurs and professionals - but times are changing and the field of competitors is more and more mixed. In this year some very big names found their way to Greece especially in the Bikes.

Bikes: For example, FIM- and Dakar-experts David Fretigné from France, Prata Pedro Bianchi from Portugal, Patsy Quick (UK), Doron Winter (Israel) or Francesco Catanese (Italy) are competing against Enduro- or amateur-celebrities like Christian Pastori and Ugo Filosa (both Italy), Helly Frauwallner (Austria), Ondrej Klymciw (Croatia), David Petterson (Sweden) or rally-organizer Jiri Vasatko from the Czech Republic.

A special bike-story we will see with the participation of the two brothers Gregor Bloéb and Tobias Moretti from Austria: Both are not only brothers, both are very famous movie- and theatre actors in Austria, Germany and Switzerland - and both had a dream: To finish the "Africa Eco Race" on the tracks of the former Dakar rally. KTM-legend Heinz Kinigadner and Dakar-winner Cyril Despres gave them a detailed training - and with their first Marathonrally they reached the finish in Dakar/Senegal. Here in Greece they will start the first time again after the Africa Race.

Side-by-Side: Rally-organizer Meletis Stamatis is proud to have a very special team in the buggies-class. KTM-sport-boss Heinz Kinigadner will start himself in a Polaris RZR. He is supporting a very special project: The start of his paraplegic son Hannes Kinigadner and the paraplegic Reinhard Karner, both also from Austria, both with special prepared Polaris RZR racing-machines. "We don´t want to win - but we want to finish, that´s our dream" said Hannes Kinigadner. With this project they also want to support the "Wings for Life" project of Heinz Kinigadner and "Red Bull"-founder Dietrich Mateschitz.

Next to the Bulgarian "Dakar-Lady" Zornitsa Todorova and her pilot Cankov there will be also a former Dakar-Winner: Josef Machacek from the Czech Republic will start in a single-seater buggy.

Cars: It will be fast, very fast. The Dakar- and Silk-Way experts Pelichet/Decre from France will start with their Overdrive Toyota Hilux and fight against the not less experienced Israelians Heyman/Segal (Mitsubishi Proto), the "fast Greeks" Dimitriadis/Kalfas (Mitsubishi Pajero) and the Australian-Greek duo Jerie/Athanasiou in a former Factory Isuzu D-Max.

Next to some amateur-cars the rally has the FIA-prototypes of Camporese/Terranova, Cavinato/Lefebvre and Cangi/Manfredini from Italy or Nitzan/Dov, Aviv/Izhar and Shpira /Moldawsky from Israel. A "very special beast" is the Bulgarian Toyota Hilux of Cholakov/Granchev. It looks like an Overdrive Toyota, it sounds like an Overdrive Toyota, it is as fast as an Overdrive Toyota. But made in Bulgaria.

Quads: Last but not least we also have some interesting names in the quads: Martin Plechaty from Croatia, Eddy Jerak from Slovenia, Jan Foppen from Holland, Sebastien Souday from France...

Six days in the mountains, forests and rivers of the Lepanto-region, 1,786 kilometers to go, one central bivouak in the city of Nafpaktos - the Hellas Rally Raid 2014 is ready to start!

2014/05/05 | 15:37 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS











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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