HOME | CONTACT | IMPRINT | ADVERTISING | RSS















NEWS & LIVE TOP HEADLINES


NEWS & LIVE ARCHIVE


ENGLISH NEWSLETTER


FAQ: HOW DOES IT WORK?


FAQ: MY/OUR NEWS HERE?


FAQ: OLDER NEWS?













Verva Street Racing: Carlos Sainz and Peugeot 2008 DKR premiere in Warsaw. | 21.08.2014


Rallyraid: The new Schlesser customer racer - 4x4 Mercedes instead of buggy. | 21.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Top brands and great beasts in bikes, quads and UTVs. | 21.08.2014


Baja Poland: "We have prepared an extra attractions for fans in this year". | 21.08.2014


Asia Cross Country PHOTOS: Impressions Asian Rally Thailand-Cambodia (71). | 19.08.2014


Asia Cross Country: Outlander PHEV completes Rally for second straight year. | 19.08.2014


Baja Poland: Baja Poland Ambassador Krzysztof Holowczyc - "I love this rally". | 18.08.2014













































Welcome to the marathonrally.com newssection. Here you can find the article you selected. For a full selection of news please click on "NEWS & LIVEREPORTS", for older articles use the search function in top of the right navigation.




Intercontinental Rally: 3rd Rally edition in 2013 will be bigger and different.








The 3rd edition of the low budget [ INTERCONTINENTALRALLY.COM ] is fast approaching and we are less then 100 days away from the start in Spain. Since the preparations are in high gear we sat down for an interview with the race director Jiri Vasatko from Czech Republic to get the latest news and interesting facts on the upcoming rally.

MR: Jiri, let’s go straight to the matter, what is the 2013 edition going to be like?

Vasatko: "The 2013 rally will be somewhat different from the previous editions. There will be a clear differentiation between the race and adventure categories in the route and classification. The race category will naturally emphasize offroad terrain with about 70/30 split between timed sections and liaisons."

"The route for the adventure category will be simplified while maintaining about 50/50 split between offroad and paved roads. The portions left out of the adventure route are considered too difficult and time consuming and would only prevent the participants from discovering Africa."

MR: Those are changes in the route selection, how about changes to the classification?

Vasatko: "The adventure category will not be classified and the participants can fully experience the journey without the added stress of passing through the control points. Their primary goal is to reach the finish on the shores of Lac Rose."

"For the race category we are not introducing any major changes. The highest priority will remain reaching of the control points and finishing within the allotted time limit."

MR: Since the adventure and race categories follow different routes how are you going to ensure adequate support for both categories?

Vasatko: "They won’t be all that different. The adventure route will follow roads used by the service vehicles and the organization team. In addition one support vehicle will be deployed specifically to provide technical and medical assistance for the adventure vehicles. In the race category same as in the previous years each car and motorcycle will be equipped with a satellite communicator and can request assistance in case of medical or technical emergency."

MR: What can you reveal about the Intercontinental Rally 2013 route?

Vasatko: "Compared to previous years we have revamped the route and mapped out many new stages. Especially in the later Moroccan stages we will travel a more southern route and visit towns of Icht, Assa and Smara. Consequently we will reach the Atlantic Ocean for the first time south of Laâyoune."

"Other changes are prepared for Mauritania where we will travel directly through the Sahara. This is going to be a treat for all those who love sand dunes, whether they have previous experience or fall in love with sand along the way. As usual for Mauritania these stages will be most demanding and will play a deciding role in determining the overall ranking."

"In Senegal we have prepared two brand new stages. One will test navigational skills and the second will cross a region known as the Senegalese Sahara."

MR: What else would you like to highlight about the upcoming rally?

Vasatko: "There is really quite a lot as every year is unique. First of all I would like to introduce two new members of the organization team: Pauli Jørgensen from Danemark and Manuel García Pérez Jr. from Spain."

"For the first time this year participants do not have to reserve the ferry or book accommodations along the route. These are now included in the rally package which will allow the participants to fully focus on their rally experience."

MR: How about navigation, have you considered using the road book?

Vasatko: "My first choice would be to hand out everyone a compass and a map. I do not want to put on a classical road book rally. I am envisioning a more enduro like event where everyone can select their own route based on their skills. Someone who finds sand difficult can get around it following a longer route."

"And if someone is loosing time on pistes he has the choice of finding shortcuts through the rocky terrain. It is then interesting to observe the different approaches to each stage. Simply we want to enable the racers to select their own route and terrain in the spirit of the old school African rallies."

MR: How satisfied are you with the 2013 participation so far?

Vasatko: "To be quite honest I do not follow it all that closely. But I can already say that we will have more people taking part than last year. For me it is not quite as important how many people participate as to how many leave the rally satisfied. We do not have any minimal registration levels."

"When we announce the rally it is assured that it will take place even if it should mean that only the ORG team would participate. Of course this is a hyperbole since it has been clear for a long time that we are not going to be alone. On the other hand I insist on maintaining the character of the rally and therefore there is a set maximum number of 100 teams."

"I hope that for each one of us the most important goal is to reach the finish line at Lac Rose. As it is with all long distance rallies, the combination of skill, preparation and good fortune will determine who will be the first. For me personally the winner is everyone who finishes, regardless of placement or category."

MR: Can you summarize for us what is in store for you over the next few weeks?

Vasatko: "We will publish the most important information for all participants starting in November. We will start securing entry visa for Mauritania and Senegal as well as continue to publish route information and important updates. I have just returned from Spain where I finalize arrangements for the start in La Garrofa and met in person with the newest addition to our team Manuel García Pérez."

"The next trip to Africa is planned for early November to finalize route selection. I would also like to point out that the registration will close at the end of November. So anyone who wants to join us in January for the next installment of should not delay and mail in the registration."

For more informations please visit the official website at [ INTERCONTINENTALRALLY.COM ] or the Facebook Group at [ FACEBOOK GROUP ].

2012/11/01 | 13:57 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/VASATKO











Verva Street Racing VIDEO: Official trailer for the unique Warsaw sport-event | 21.08.2014 20:41 | NEW




Verva Street Racing: Carlos Sainz and Peugeot 2008 DKR premiere in Warsaw. | 21.08.2014 20:25 | NEW




Rallyraid: The new Schlesser customer racer - 4x4 Mercedes instead of buggy. | 21.08.2014 18:32 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Top brands and great beasts in bikes, quads and UTVs. | 21.08.2014 18:01 | NEW




Carpathian Buggy Challenge: First Buggy-Challenge in Romanian mountains | 21.08.2014 17:33 | NEW




TORC STC 2014: Crandon welcomes Popcorn Sutton´s Sportsman Challenge | 21.08.2014 16:57 | NEW




TORC STC 2014: Fannin Motorsports suffers first ever DNF at RD8 in Crandon | 21.08.2014 16:20 | NEW




Baja Poland: "We have prepared an extra attractions for fans in this year". | 21.08.2014 15:51 | NEW




Donaldson CC: Sullwald tighten grip on SA´s Special Vehicle Class title chase | 19.08.2014 19:55 | NEW




TORC STC: Off-Road Syndicate takes Second in Crandon Off-Road Challenge | 19.08.2014 19:21 | NEW




Dakar Rally VIDEO: Historic - Top Gear´s Jeremy Clarkson riding Citroen ZX RR | 19.08.2014 18:32 | NEW




Asia Cross Country PHOTOS: Impressions Asian Rally Thailand-Cambodia (71). | 19.08.2014 17:47 | NEW




Asia Cross Country: Outlander PHEV completes Rally for second straight year. | 19.08.2014 15:51 | NEW




Baja Poland: Baja Poland Ambassador Krzysztof Holowczyc - "I love this rally". | 18.08.2014 17:17 | NEW




Dakar Rally 2015 VIDEO: El Martillo Racing Dodge Durango at the Dakar 2014 | 18.08.2014 16:32 | NEW




Dakar Rally 2015: El Martillo Racing Dodge Durango Mexico dunes test trip | 18.08.2014 16:23 | NEW




Donaldson CC: Horns breathe new life into Production Vehicle Championship. | 18.08.2014 15:29 | NEW




Hungarian Baja PHOTOS: Impressions by MCH Photo / HB / Offroadsport (32) | 18.08.2014 14:32 | NEW




Hungarian Baja VIDEO: The Baja with Nasser Al Attiyah on Saturday by CinCin | 18.08.2014 13:56 | NEW




Hungarian Baja VIDEO: Nice impressions Hungarian Baja by Ábrahámhegy TV | 18.08.2014 13:44 | NEW




Hungarian Baja VIDEO: Short impressions of water-crossing SS04 on Saturday | 18.08.2014 13:41 | NEW




Hungarian Baja RESULTS: Final Overall Results Hungarian Baja 2014 BIKES | 18.08.2014 13:13 | NEW




Hungarian Baja RESULTS: Final Overall Results Hungarian Baja 2014 CARS | 18.08.2014 13:00 | NEW




Hungarian Baja: X-raid driver Vladimir Vasilyev consolidates World Cup lead. | 18.08.2014 12:42 | NEW




Hungarian Baja: Fortin - "A terrific result for Al Attiyah and Overdrive Racing". | 18.08.2014 12:24 | NEW




Hungarian Baja: Nasser Al Attiyah overall winner after dramatic fight Saturday. | 18.08.2014 12:00 |




Hungarian Baja PHOTOS: Impressions Friday by Pawel Roslon and Teams (39). | 16.08.2014 17:22 |




Hungarian Baja VIDEO: Impressions and Interview Toyota´s Nasser Al Attiyah | 16.08.2014 16:54 |




Hungarian Baja: Mini´s Terranova leading in front of Al Attiyah and Holowczyc. | 16.08.2014 16:22 |




Hungarian Baja: Ruoso, Zanotti and Maré Hungary first winners in the bikes. | 16.08.2014 16:00 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Great Wall to copy Local Motors Rally Fighter for the Dakar?. | 14.08.2014 21:30 |




Rally dos Sertões: More than 100 car and truck competitors in Brazilian rally. | 14.08.2014 19:40 |




Hungarian Baja VIDEO: Nice impressions of Hungarian Baja 2013 by Rallyheart | 14.08.2014 18:39 |




Hungarian Baja: Lónyai with HRX-Ford after burnt BMW, Fazekas teamed up. | 14.08.2014 17:18 |




SPECIAL: Schwarz and AGM-Jimco X6 SCORE Trophy Truck at Deutschland Rally | 14.08.2014 16:46 |




TORC LB 2014: Stingle wins Round 8 - and wins Limited Buggy Challenge | 14.08.2014 16:27 |




TORC STC 2014: Marquardt continues Podium Streak at RD8 Summer Crandon | 14.08.2014 15:39 |




TORC STC 2014: Super Stock Truck Championship will be decided at Big House | 14.08.2014 15:29 |




Baja Poland: Legendary Dakar truck - Polish Star 266 live at the Baja Poland. | 13.08.2014 18:51 |




TORC 2014 VIDEO: Round 11 and 12 live-report from Sturgis - 2 hours report | 13.08.2014 17:54 |




















NEWS & LIVEREPORTS




NEWS & RALLY ARCHIVE




NEWSLETTER










VIDEO CLIP GALLERY




PHOTO LIVE GALLERY




PHOTO DATA & SHOP




YOUTUBE CHANNEL




FIA CC WC CALENDAR




IMPRINT & CONTACT




ADVERTISE ONLINE








RACE-DEZERT.COM




TERENOWO.PL











FACEBOOK GROUP




TWITTER GROUP




DAILYMOTION




RSS LIVE FEED


















HOME | TERMS OF SERVICE | PRIVACY STATEMENT | IMPRINT | ADVERTISING

Copyright 2003 - 2014 | All rights reserved by marathonrally.com international
London | Hamburg | Saint Petersburg | Kuala Lumpur | Monte-Carlo
Major office: marathonrally.com international | Joern Schekahn
Address: Gluckstr 74 A | 22081 Hamburg | Germany
Phone: +49 152 53 54 19 38
Email:
INFO(AT)MARATHONRALLY.COM | Web: MARATHONRALLY.COM