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Breslau Poland: Rally on standby by Military because of actual political situation. | 18.07.2014


Breslau Poland: The truck-legends are back - scrutineering - Ford Ranger. | 12.07.2014


Breslau Poland PHOTOS: First Impressions of the Scrutineering in Recz (60). | 12.07.2014


Africa Eco Race: End of preferential rates - review rally presentations Europe. | 04.07.2014


Dakar Rally 2015: Carlos Sousa switch from Great Wall to Mitsubishi Petrobras. | 04.07.2014


Hungarian Baja: 2014 is promising a big challenge for 11th edition in Hungary. | 03.07.2014


Dakar Rally 2015: Peugeot 2008 DKR - first test, new detailed technical data. | 03.07.2014













































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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











Breslau Poland: Rally on standby by Military because of actual political situation. | 18.07.2014 09:56 |




Breslau Poland RESULTS: Daily results after SS01 Recz / Recz roundcourse | 13.07.2014 23:38 |




Breslau Poland: The truck-legends are back - scrutineering - Ford Ranger. | 12.07.2014 15:17 |




Breslau Poland PHOTOS: First Impressions of the Scrutineering in Recz (60). | 12.07.2014 14:29 |




Africa Eco Race: End of preferential rates - review rally presentations Europe. | 04.07.2014 15:44 |




Rally Raid VIDEO: Special tuned and loud Nissan Patrol RB25DET from Bulgaria | 04.07.2014 15:14 |




Red Bull Romaniacs: The most diversified Extreme Enduro track ever in 2014 | 04.07.2014 14:24 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Carlos Sousa switch from Great Wall to Mitsubishi Petrobras. | 04.07.2014 11:21 |




Baja Deutschland VIDEO: Summary of Dutch competitors in Germany in June | 04.07.2014 10:37 |




TORC 2014: Douglas continues to run up front - finishes Third in Round 7 | 04.07.2014 10:17 |




Hungarian Baja: 2014 is promising a big challenge for 11th edition in Hungary. | 03.07.2014 22:28 |




TORC 2014: Barlow Motorsports - All four cars had various levels of success | 03.07.2014 22:22 |




Dakar Rally 2015 VIDEO: The all-new Peugeot 2008 DKR buggy - first preview | 03.07.2014 19:08 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Peugeot 2008 DKR - first test, new detailed technical data. | 03.07.2014 18:48 |




Donaldson CC: The African sands deliver their verdict in the Dakar Challenge | 03.07.2014 18:18 |




TORC 2014: Team Kleiman Off Road Racing - "Big House Brawl" Race Report | 03.07.2014 18:11 |




TORC 2014: Ross Hoek gets first PRO-4x4 Podium - third place in round 8 | 03.07.2014 17:55 |




Donaldson CC VIDEO: Impressions Toyota Team Kalahari Botswana Desert race | 03.07.2014 17:48 |




Donaldson CC: Rhide SA´s Brian Baragtwanath wins Quads Dakar Challenge | 03.07.2014 17:38 |




Donaldson CC: Bertholdt / Rousseau win free entry for the Dakar Rally 2015. | 03.07.2014 17:17 |




Donaldson CC: History repeats in Special Vehicles Class in Botswana rally | 03.07.2014 15:40 |




Donaldson CC: Taylor / Murphy win Toyota Botswana 1000 Dakar Challenge. | 03.07.2014 15:17 |




OiLibya Morocco: Organizer NPO unveils details of the 2014 stages in Morocco. | 27.06.2014 14:22 |




OiLibya Morocco VIDEO: Official trailer for the OiLibya Rally in Morocco 2014 | 27.06.2014 14:04 |




Dakar Challenge: Team Rhide SA ready for the Dakar Challenge in Botswana | 26.06.2014 18:52 |




FIA CC World Cup: UAE study points way to increasing safety to saving lives. | 26.06.2014 17:48 |




LOORR 2014: Solid weekend at Miller sport park in Utah for Casey Currie | 26.06.2014 17:02 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Japanese Hino truck already preparing for 2015 Dakar Rally | 26.06.2014 16:59 |




Dakar Rally 2015: X-raid strikes back - Dakar winner Roma extends contract. | 25.06.2014 17:33 |




ULTRA 4 Europe: Second day report ULTRA 4 race in Italy - by Robb Pritchard | 25.06.2014 14:43 |




AXCR Asia CC Rally: Outlander PHEV to tackle rally for second straight year. | 25.06.2014 14:14 |




AXCR Asia CC Rally VIDEO: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Hybrid in AXCR Rally | 25.06.2014 14:08 |




Donaldson CC: Desperate times for Special Vehicles in Botswana 1000 desert | 25.06.2014 13:53 |




TORC 2014: Flying Dutchman Mike Vanden Heuvel prepares for Crandon Brush | 25.06.2014 12:59 |




TORC 2014 VIDEO: Impressions from TORC Series by Amsoil round Bark River | 25.06.2014 12:57 |




TORC 2014: Dale Chestnut wins RD2 and leads TORC Classix Championship | 25.06.2014 12:46 |




TORC 2014: Steve Barlow and Adrian Cenni take PRO-class podiums in BR | 25.06.2014 12:45 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Former Winner Nasser al-Attiyah to switch to Toyota 2015. | 24.06.2014 17:54 |




LOORR 2014: Team Toyo’s Kyle LeDuc captures third successive sweep in Utah | 24.06.2014 17:15 |




Baja Rally: Mexican rally adds new Adventure Bike Expert class for 2014. | 24.06.2014 16:54 |




















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